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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology

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The MS degree in exercise physiology 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.

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[PDF] Program Description (pdf) (62 KiB)
[PDF] Course Sequence (pdf) (200 KiB)
[PDF] Admission Requirements (pdf) (70 KiB)
[PDF] Career Paths of Our Recent Graduates (pdf) (158 KiB)
[PDF] Graduate Assistantships and Financial Support (pdf) (27 KiB)

Click [PDF] here (119 KiB) for the application for a Graduate Assistantship to the Department of Human Performance

Exercise Science/Sports Medicine Faculty (2016-17)

Dr. Jessica Albers, PhD
Assistant Professor
Office: HCN 170; Phone: (507)-389-1471
Interest/Research: physical activity and fitness assessment in youth populations, development and evaluation of physical activity after-school programs, jump rope programs for youth, high intensity interval training, physical activity interventions for special populations
Dr. Kristen F. Konkol, PhD 
Assistant Professor & ´╗┐exercise physiology program coordinator´╗┐
Office: HC 1314; Phone: (507)-389-2679
Interest/Research: sports specific training, speet, agility, & quickness training, athletic performance testing, strength & conditioning, exercise immunology, global perspective in human performance

Dr. Cherie D. Pettitt, EdD, HFS, CSCS, PAPHS, CWC, EIM
Assistant Professor
Office: HCN 173; Phone: (507)-389-6715
Interest/Research: physical activity adherence and behavior change, wellness coaching, graduate student development, intercultural competence and health policy change

Dr. Robert W. Pettitt, PhD, FACSM, ATC, CSCS*D
Office: HC 1400; Phone: (507)-389-1811
Interest/Research: strength & conditioning, exercise physiology, athletic performance testing and assessment, overuse injuries

Dr. Mary F. Visser, PhD
Office: HC 1314; Phone: (507)-389-2672
Interest/Research: exercise and aging: balance and mobility, resistance training, flexibility, group exercise programs

Ex Officio or Visiting Graduate Faculty
Such special appointments allow these individuals to serve as a committee member on an exercise science graduate student's supervisory committee

Dr. Todd Kanzenbach, MD, CAQ
Team Physician
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mr. Jeffrey Chambers, MA, ATC, CSCS
Head Athletic Trainer
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mr. Chip R. Gay, MA, CES, CSCS
Clinical Exercise Specialist
Mayo Clinic Health System

Mr. Thomas Inkrott, MA, CSCS
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. William Lewinski, PhD
Force Science Institute
Mankato, MN

Dr. Tom Kernozek, PhD, FACSM
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Dr. Steven R. Murray
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO

Quotes from Recent Graduates
The Exercise Physiology graduate program offers a wide array of opportunities for students to develop th eknowledge, skills and abilities needed for their professional careers. As a graduate student, I helped create a bariatric surgery patient exercise program for Mayo Clinic Health System, a balance and mobility program, and worksite wellness programs for area businesses. I was able to study abroad in South Africa, which sets me apart from others in my field. In addition, I was a graduate assistant for two years and taught undergraduate laboratory classes and assisted with practical examinations. Lastly, I was able to conduct research, submit a manuscript for publication and assist with other research. I am confident my graduate experience played a vital role in the success I have achieved since graduating.
Amanda Younger, Class of 2014

Minnesota State University, Mankato provided me state-of-the-art technology right at my fingertips.  The variety of testing tools available allowed each student to explore multiple ways to obtain the same values; not something every campus has.  This in turn allowed me to feel comfortable when I applied for employment on either end of the spectrum in the field of Exercise Physiology.  Dr. Visser and Dr. Pettitt were extremely helpful as their wealth of knowledge, relationships with other faculty members, administration, athletic coaches and sports medicine personnel provided available resources to conduct a Graduate Research topic worthy of publishing.  Overall my experience as a Graduate Student at MSU-Mankato opened the door to many opportunities and gave me the advantage over other candidates when I was considered and accepted to Intern at the NSCA's Performance Center.
Tedi Andrews, Class of 2010

For more information, contact the exercise physiology program coordinator
Dr. Kristen Konkol, PhD
1314 Highland Center
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507)-389-2679

Updated Dec 2016