Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiology is a growing field of interest. If you are interested in learning more about how the body reacts to exercise, this is the degree program for you.

Courses for this program are offered on the Denton campus.

Careers & Salaries

Exercise physiologists typically work with two different clients: those who are healthy and are trying to improve their fitness and strength levels, and those who need to improve their health and fitness levels to fight diseases, obesity or other chronic conditions. Salaries in this profession vary widely. Payscale.com currently lists a median annual income of $41,000 for exercise physiologists.

Those earning their PhDs most frequently enter the higher education field as assistant professors (average annual salary of $73,600) or serve as a research scientist or specialized professional within the field of exercise physiology.

Why Exercise Physiology at TWU?

TWU provides hands-on learning to our students. We combine lectures with applied exercises in the lab. You will get experience reading and analyzing data output from state-of-the-art equipment.

As a doctoral student, you perform research of interest to you, with opportunities to collaborate with other TWU departments, such as biology, nutrition and health studies. 

Master's Program Requirements

This program takes 33-36 credit semester hours to complete, depending on whether you choose to do the thesis or non-thesis option. See full program requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Non-thesis students complete a 180-hour internship in a clinical or wellness setting. An internship portfolio is required for review and approval at the end of the program. This portfolio includes a description of the internship, an evaluation of the internship location with recommendations for improvement and a detailed plan outlining how you would establish your ideal wellness or clinical program.

Doctoral Program Requirements

This program requires 96 credit hours, including credit hours from graduate-level work and six semester credit hours for dissertation. (See full program requirements in the Graduate Catalog.)

Six undergraduate hours in Exercise Physiology are required for this program. You also must select a minor outside of the department of Kinesiology in an area of research interest such as biology, chemistry or nutrition.

You can graduate with your Ph.D. in three years, if you attend full-time and have a master's degree in Exercise Physiology (or a related field). Without the Kinesiology master's, it will take you at least five years to earn your doctorate.

How to Apply

All graduate-level applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study. All prospective doctoral students must have a 3.2 GPA for all prior graduate work. No GRE is required.

Application Steps:

  1. Apply to the TWU Graduate School. (See the Graduate School for specific Kinesiology program admission requirements.)
  2. Submit your resume and reference letters (two for the master's program, three for PhD) to the Kinesiology Graduate Coordinator.
  3. If you are a doctoral candidate, the Kinesiology department will review your materials and determine if you qualify for an interview.

You cannot be admitted into the Exercise Physiology doctoral program unless you have an interview with the Kinesiology department.

For More Information

David Nichols, PhD
Graduate Program Coordinator & Interim Department Chair
Department of Kinesiology
(940) 898-2576
Email: DNichols@twu.edu