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The MSU Exercise Physiology MS program is one of the longest standing graduate degree programs of its kind in the USA. As a state university, our focus is to prepare students for careers in exercise physiology and to advance knowledge in exercise physiology through applied research. 


The Exercise Physiology Program trains graduate students on the latest science of performance testing and exercise prescription for a wide-range of populations. Students and faculty from our laboratory present and publish routinely on the topics in exercise assessment and prescription. We believe tomorrow’s exercise physiologist also requires skills in modifying a person’s exercise behavior, particularly patient-populations with or at risk for preventable diseases. Our students often complete a research manuscript, internship, or both as their capstone project. These experiences make student prepared for PhD programs as well as careers in strength and conditioning, coaching, worksite wellness, hospital based exercise prescription, and many more.


Admission Process 

Applications for admission to the MS in Exercise Physiology program is competitive and all required application materials must be received by February 1st for full consideration. The program is a 2-year cohort program, meaning we only accept students in the Fall and all students follow the 2 year course outline together. 

  • BS Degree: Candidates should have a major in athletic training, exercise science, exercise & sport science, kinesiology, or closely related field. Students applying to the program should have or be eligible to complete a bachelor’s degree by August of the application year.

  • Pre-requisites: Minimum core coursework for our MS in Exercise Physiology program includes minimum course equivalents in basic statistics, physiology of exercise (undergraduate exercise physiology), and a course in nutrition.

  • GPA: Our program does not have a specified minimum GPA, however a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is typically necessary to compete for a spot.

  • GRE: We do not require the GRE. 

  • References: In the application, you will be asked to provide contact information for 3 references. They will receive a link to complete a short reference form. If your reference would prefer to submit a letter, they can email it to with your name and Exercise Physiology in the subject. These references should be a mix of academic, professional, and research-based references.  

  • Letter of Interest: You will be asked to submit a letter of interest in the program. This should include how this program best fits your interests/goals within the field and how your strengths/experiences will lead you to be successful in the program. 

  • Resume: You will submit a resume or CV.

  • International Students: You may need to submit TOEFL scores or offical transcripts with U.S. equivalences (if you earned your undergraduate degree outside the United States). Please reach out to the Graduate Studies Office for more information at

All application materials are submitted online via the University’s website for admission to graduate studies. *Note that this program only offers a Fall start date.

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Fall 2019 application cycle is now open. For full consideration, the application deadline is February 1, 2019. 

Based on student acceptance, we will revisit the waitlist and new applications on April 1, 2019. This will lead to an additional round of accepted applications. Information on graduate assistantship applications will be sent to you when your application is reviewed in February or May. You do not need an assistantship to be in the program, but you must be an accepted graduate student to hold an assistantship. Assistantship decisions are based on individual departments but are usually sent out March-April.

 ***Accepting an assistantship does not mean you are automatically accepted into the program. You must apply and be accepted regardless of your assistantship status. ***

Information on what a graduate assistanship is can be found at MSU Mankato Grad Assistantships. 


Program Course Sequence




The Viola Holbrook Human Performacne Laboratory

 The Holbrook Laboratory allows for innovative research to be conducted by our faculty and students in our Exercise Physiology Master's degree program. In addition, undergraduate students in our Exercise Science program utilize the lab for a variety of courses. 

The HPL includes the following equipment:

  • Two ParvoMedics metabolic carts
  • Cosmed T170 DE Sport treadmill and Quark ECG system (coming soon!)
  • Cardiac Science treadmill and ECG system
  • Bod Pod
  • 10 Monark bicycle ergometers
  • Lode Excalibur ergometer
  • Monark 891EW upper body ergometer
  • CompuTrainer
  • SkiErg
  • Force Treadmill
  • Actigraph Accelerometers 


Current Graduate Student Assistantship Assignments 

Lindsey Lentz – Graduate Assistant at United Hospital

Austin Witt – Graduate Assistant at South Central College

Max Rasmussen – Lab Teaching Assistant

Jake Kostuck – Lab Teaching Assistant

Kelsey Carpenter – Graduate Student Internship Coordinator

Zach Erickson – Graduate Student Program Advisor

Sabrina Gonzalez – Graduate Assistant MSU Volleyball

Christian Goetz – Graduate Assistant MSU Athletic Training

Hunter Eisenhower – Graduate Assistant MSU Strength and Conditioning

Cassandra Adamson – Graduate Assistant MSU Athletic Training

Bretta Gonzales – Graduate Assistant MSU Campus Recreation


Exercise Physiology Faculty 2018-2019

Jessica Albers, PhD, PAPHS
Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator
Office: HCN 173; Phone: (507) 389-6715

  • Research Interests: heart rate variability, youth physical activity programs, physiological response to jump rope as a training tool, college physical activity and stress. 

Corey Selland, PhD
Assistant Professor
Office: HCN 173; Phone: (507) 389-6715

  • My research interests revolve around the promotion and evaluation of physical fitness, physical activity, and nutrition in youth and throuhgout the life cycle.

Jeremy Frost, PhD
Assistant Professor, Lab Coordinator 
Office HC 1300A; Phone (507)389- 2679

  • Research Interests: Sports physiology (mainly Nordic skiing and other endurance sports); Sit-stand and active desks to reduce skitting time and promote movement. 

Amy Brugge, EdD, LAT, CHDA
Assistant Professor
Office HN 180; Phone (507)389-1917

Mary F. Visser, PhD
Professor and FA President 
Office: HCN 181; Phone: (507) 389-2672