M.S. and Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology

The Exercise Physiology program prepares students for teaching and research careers in exercise physiology. HLKN offers a M.S. in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology, and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology.

Several exercise physiology laboratories provide students with state-of-the-art instructional facilities in which it study and learn. The laboratories use technologies that allow online collection and processing of data, sophisticated control of in vivo and in vitro animal preparations and the opportunity to analyze a wide range of physiological parameters. In addition to work conducted in the laboratories, supplemental experiences are available in medicine, veterinary medicine, biology, biochemistry, bioengineering and animal science.

Students also have the opportunity to work with the graduate training program in Space Life Sciences.

Master’s Program

The M.S. in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology, provides advanced training in the physiological responses to acute exercise and the adaptations that occur with training. Student select either a non-thesis or thesis option.

The non-thesis option does not require a research project and is more oriented to formal coursework. There is considerable flexibility in designing the degree plan to fit the student's particular needs and expectations. The non-thesis option requires completion of at least 38 semester credit hours of coursework.

Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. in Exercise Science program prepares students to conduct research in basic and applied exercise physiology. Graduates are trained for post-doctoral appointments and positions in universities, industry, the military and research institutes. To be admitted to the program, a member of the graduate faculty must accept students.

Emphases in the applied programs are in neuromuscular efficiency and control, cardiorespiratory response to exercise, exercise and lipid metabolism and changes in bone structure and metabolism in response to exercise as well as disuse, bed rest and microgravity.

Emphases in basic research include mechanisms of exercise-induced injury, neuromuscular efficiency, muscle metabolism and free radical stress and the molecular biology of bone adaptation to stress. Specific areas of research correspond to those of the exercise physiology faculty.


We will only review COMPLETE applications. A COMPLETE application includes:

  • Apply Texas application
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher education that you have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a prior professor who can attest to your academic abilities)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Your current resume

Learn more about the doctoral program, including admissions & research requirements.