About This Program

Degree Earned

You'll earn a PhD in physical education with a specialization in exercise physiology.


Through the exercise physiology doctoral specialization, you’ll gain the knowledge of theory and laboratory techniques required to enhance your research and dissertation work and prepare you for your career after graduation. Graduates of this program go on to work in higher education. In fact, 100 percent of our graduates have secured a position in academia, and most have done so prior to graduation. 

This area of study offers a personalized approach to graduate education, with opportunities for self-directed research eligible for presentation to the American College of Sports Medicine and publication in peer reviewed journals.

In addition to required courses in the specialization, you’ll take courses in pedagogical content knowledge and issues in higher education, which are designed to prepare you for entry to a higher education teaching career. You’ll graduate with a deep understanding of the field, as well as how to navigate being a professional in higher education.

Springfield College faculty and visiting Chinese instructors pose before the college sign
International Influence

During summer 2018, faculty members from the Springfield College School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation conducted intensive instruction to mid-level Chinese educators interested in sports performance and sports medicine. Visiting the campus from several different cities across China, these educators attended the Springfield College International Summer Program, which focuses on fitness, management, and leadership.

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Student Employment

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Our exercise physiology master’s concentration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes regionally accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA.