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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology

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Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology 

Education with Application 

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 Ph.D. programs as well as careers in strength and conditioning, coaching, worksite wellness, hospital-based exercise prescription, and many more.

Exercise Science Events, Internships and Jobs

Program Course Sequence 

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: Core pre-requisite coursework includes basic statistics, physiology of exercise, and a course in nutrition. We welcome students from science based majors who may not have the three pre-requsite courses. Contact the program coordinator to discuss your course backgroud and admissions recommendation. 

  • 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

Apply Today!!!!

Fall 2019 application cycle is now open. Applications will continue to be reviewed when submitted until the cohort is full.

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. ***

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Graduate Students 

Current Graduate Assistantships 

  • Lindsey Lentz – GA at United Hospital
  • Jacob Gallagher - Lab Teaching Assistant
  • Austin Witt – GA 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 – GA MSU Volleyball
  • Christian Goetz –GA MSU Athletic Training
  • Hunter Eisenhower – GA MSU Strength and Conditioning
  • Cassandra Adamson – GA MSU Athletic Training
  • Bretta Gonzales – GA MSU Campus Recreation

Current and Recent Graduate Capstones 

  • Austin Witt - Internship - Mayo Clinic Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Aaron Adams - Internship - Mayo Clinic Cardiac Rehabilitation 
  • Jacob Gallagher - Manuscript - Stress Inoculation Training and Mental Fatigue
  • Lindsey Lentz - Internship - Mayo Clinic Cardiac Rehabilitation 
  • Alex Hartman - Internship - University of Minnesota Strength and Conditioning Program
  • Spencer Klevan - Internship - Mayo Clinic Cardiac Rehabilitation 
  • Kate Weed - Manuscript - Relationship Between Wearable Activity Tracker Use, Habitual Physical Activity, and Self-Efficacy in Women
  • Michael Kantor - Manuscript - Critical Power Concept: Males vs Females and the Impact of Muscle Fiber Composition 
  • Slater Powell - Internship - MSU Mankato Track and Field
  • Luke Krynski - Internship - Victoria University Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living
  • Emily Novak - Manuscript - The Influence of External Load on Female Officer Short Sprinting Performance
  • Courtney Ferry - Internship - Wenger Physical Therapy and MotionCare Physical Therapy
  • Sidney Dirks - Internship - Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy and Total Athletic Performance Strength and Conditioning 
  • John Holland - Internship - MSU Mankato Strength and Conditioning



Experiential Learning

Course assignments aim to take our students out of the classroom and into the field. Internships and volunteer experiences provide valuable insight into the career opportunities in our field. This is combined with academic and research experiences, students balance classroom education with real-world applications.

American College of Sports Medicine 

The Ex Physiology program aims to stay aligned with the ACSM mission in courses, certifications, and research. Students and faculty regularly attend and participate in the Fall and Spring Northland ACSM conferences as well as the annual National conference.

The Viola Holbrook 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.

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

Holbrook Lab Remodel - May 2019 - The lab renovations include expanded lab space and the addition of equipment to increase lab-based learning and research opportunities.


 Exercise Science Faculty (2018-2019)

Jessica Albers, PhD
Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator

Albers Faculty Website
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 throughout 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 sitting 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