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The Exercise Physiology doctoral program requires the completion of 68 graduate credits. Graduates of this program are expected to have a comprehensive grasp of Exercise Physiology primarily designed to prepare them to teach a broad range of Exercise Science related courses at the College level. However, in addition to a common core, students have the flexibility to focus on specific areas of the field depending upon their interest. The program is an applied program. The available options include Sports Physiology and Clinical Exercise Physiology as examples.

Students are required to be engaged in professional activities including publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at both regional and national conferences prior to graduation. Dissertations are developed in consultation with knowledgeable faculty sponsors and are expected to yield publishable results.

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 Physical Education, Performance and Sport Leadership 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.

 

Admissions Requirements

This program enrolls students in the fall term only.

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 three 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.

Interview

This program requires an interview.

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

 Exercise Physiology Requirements (22 credits)

B. Related Coursework (34 credits)

C. Optional Sports Physiology Track (12 credits)

Students will have at least 10 credits of electives depending upon their interest; The following are a listing of recommended courses for students depending upon their area of focus. These are NOT exhaustive lists. The student will select the course of interest in consultation with their academic advisor.

D. Optional Clinical Exercise Physiology Track (12 credits)

Students will have at least 10 credits of electives depending upon their interest; The following are a listing of recommended courses for students depending upon their area of focus. These are NOT exhaustive lists. The student will select the course of interest in consultation with their academic advisor.

E. Electives (to total a minimum of 68 credits)

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Completed applications and all required supporting materials are due by January 15

Applications received after January 15 will not be considered for fellowships, but may be considered for entry to the program depending upon available space in the program.

Graduate Program Courses $1,105 per credit
Approximate total cost (minimum 67 credits) $74,035
Graduate Student Fee* $385
Enrollment Deposit $300

All approximate costs above are based on 2020-21 academic year costs.

*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.

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Accreditation

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.