Exercise Physiology (Doctoral Degree)
About This Program
Samuel A. E. Headley, PhD
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The Exercise Physiology doctoral program requires the completion of 67 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
Exercise Physiology Requirements (21 credits)
- AEXS 602 - Exercise Biochemistry Credits: 3
- AEXS 603 - Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Credits:
- AEXS 604 - Neuromuscular Physiology and Exercise Credits: 3
- AEXS 606 - Environmental Physiology Credits: 3
- AEXS 607 - Pulmonary Physiology & Exercise Credits: 3
- AEXS 672 - Medical Physiology Credits: 3
- AEXS 675 - Graded Exercise Testing and Electrocardiography Credits: 3
- RSCH 610 - Foundations and Methods of Research Credits: 3
- RSCH 620 - Educational and Psychological Statistics I Credits: 3
- RSCH 712 - Dissertation Proposal Design Credits: 2
Research Competency Credits: 4
(This refers to a master’s thesis or individual; research project. The academic advisor and Program Coordinator, at their discretion, may approve work already done in this area.)
- RSCH 720 - Educational Psychology Statistics II Credits: 3
- RSCH 735 - Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 1-14
(taken for a total of 14 credits to meet program requirements)
- AEXS 540 - Sports Nutrition Credits: 3
- AEXS 678 - Sport Psychology Credits: 3
- PHED 620 - Philosophy of Sport Credits: 3
- PHTH 506 - Clinical Human Anatomy I Credits: 3
- PHTH 507 - Clinical Human Anatomy I Lab Credits: 0
- PHTH 508 - Clinical Human Anatomy II Credits: 3
- PHTH 509 - Clinical Human Anatomy II Lab Credits: 0
- PHED 710 - Doctoral Seminar Credits: 2
- PHED 715 - Instructional Effectiveness in Higher Education Credits: 3
- PHED 718 - Seminar in Higher Education Credits: 2
The actual number of semester hours is likely to be more than the minimum previously stated. Flexibility is encouraged in order to provide for the special and unique needs of each individual student as determined by the academic advisor and approved by the Program Coordinator. The requirements in each case will be determined, not only on the extent of graduate credit accumulated, but also in view of an optimum preparation for the student’s intended field of service. The entire doctoral program, including the areas of specialization will be oriented toward the development of the student in reciprocal relationship to the community from local to international levels.
|Graduate Program Courses||$1,105 per credit|
|Approximate total cost (minimum 67 credits)||$74,035|
|Graduate Student Fee*||$385|
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.