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The applied exercise physiology (AEP) concentration prepares students for careers focusing on human performance in non-clinical settings. This track is of interest to those who want to pursue careers in the area of sports physiology where a strong science base is required. In this concentration, you’ll examine the physiological responses of various bodily systems to acute and chronic exercise. This includes the study of neuromuscular function, cardiovascular physiology, hormonal and biochemical changes associated with exercise, as well as thermoregulatory responses. Students are given the flexibility to choose at least 6 credits from a menu of graduate courses that relates to their specific interest. Options include sports nutrition and courses in the area of strength and conditioning.

Due to the comprehensive and academically rigorous nature of the program, AEP students are well prepared to enter competitive doctoral programs in related fields. Preparation for doctoral training is a particular focus of this program. We strive to have student research presented at regional and national scientific meetings. Our goal is  to provide students in the AEP program with opportunities that will ensure a resume robust with professional experience upon graduation

 

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Why Applied Exercise Physiology?

The applied exercise physiology track is designed to meet the needs of students who want to work in the field of exercise physiology with an applied emphasis such as athletic performance and/or sports physiology. The curriculum addresses the fundamentals of human physiology related to the major bodily systems, specifically in the context of the responses and adaptations associated with acute and chronic exercise. Students who graduate from this track are very well prepared to pursue a doctorate in any aspect of exercise physiology

 

Defining Our Programs

Should I study clinical exercise physiology or applied exercise physiology?

Learn what differentiates clinical exercise physiology and applied exercise physiology.

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Admissions Requirements

Complete the application form. No application fee.

Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section. 

Graduate Admissions Essay

Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.

In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 

Resume

Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume

Letters of Recommendation

This program requires two letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.

GRE

This program requires the GRE.

The Springfield College GRE code is 3763.

You will be able to input your scores on your application, but please make sure your official scores are submitted.

Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended

  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

    Springfield College
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    263 Alden Street
    Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed College level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at nvenn@springfield.edu or via phone at (413) 748-3891.

To submit materials:

After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your Graduate Admissions Essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

A. Core requirements (6 credits)

B. Research requirements (3 credits)

C. Thesis Track (9 credits)

D. Independent Study Track (4 credits)

Applied Exercise Physiology Requirements (12 credits)

The Applied Exercise Physiology track within the Exercise Physiology program is designed for individuals who plan to work in a non-clinical setting. Students in this track can focus on topics related to optimizing human physical performance. Sports Physiology and Work Physiology are areas of particular focus. All students within this track are required to complete a thesis. Students are given the option of selecting two elective classes in addition to the required classes unique to the program.

III. Selectives (0-6 credits)

For students enrolled in the Applied Exercise Physiology concentration or the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration (Independent Study Track) selective courses (6 credits) should be chosen from the list below in consultation with your advisor. Students enrolled in the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration (Thesis Track), will not need to complete any elective credits. Students in the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration (Independent Study Track) will need five credits of selectives.

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Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the start of the intended term of entry.

Graduate Program Courses $1,105 per credit
Graduate Student Fee* $385
Enrollment Deposit $300

*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Student Government Fee: $20
  • Community Engagement Fee: $35
  • Recreation Fee: $315
  • Class Dues: $15

The graduate student fee (part-time) is $85 per semester.

Current Springfield College undergraduate students are eligible to receive $5,000 toward the cost of their MBA. 

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Accreditation

This is the only program in Massachusetts accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as well as being one of only six CAAHEP accredited programs in the United States.

Beginning in August 2027, All ACSM-EP and ACSM-CEP candidates must have a bachelor's degree (or higher) in Exercise Science or Exercise Physiology from a regionally accredited college or university that is also programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).