Prepare for doctoral study in exercise physiology and related disciplines with our master of science (MS) in exercise science with a concentration in exercise physiology.
Our program, founded in 1965 as part of the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), has graduated approximately 200 students into the professional research world of exercise physiology.
This program is research-intensive. It is intended for students with a serious commitment to exercise physiology as well as have a strong background in exercise physiology as well as the basic sciences (chemistry and biology).
Study in the Human Performance Laboratory
As a student in our program, you will learn and work alongside faculty members who lead the nation in research for our field through our Human Performance Laboratory.
Research focuses on aging and exercise, microgravity and exercise, physiology of human performance, and pediatric exercise.
The lab began in 1965 in a 20x30-foot room off the then-University Gymnasium (now the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center). It moved to its current, 20,000-square-foot location in 1990.
The building includes lab space for exercise physiology testing and training, biochemistry and molecular biology, single muscle fiber physiology and imaging analysis, and more. The building is also home to offices, a research data processing room, a research kitchen, electronics and instruments fabrication workshop, and several other supporting facilities.
The HPL consistently conducts research in partnerships with agencies as prominent as NASA, studying topics such as how to counteract the muscle atrophy and bone loss that astronauts encounter with the loss of gravity in space.
The MS degree requires:
- approximately two years to complete
- a minimum of 33 credits of graduate work
- three required courses in the HPL (nine total credits)
- a thesis covering a research problem that will contribute new knowledge to the field (six hours required), including an oral defense of the thesis.
A few of the classes you will take include:
- Applied Physiology
- Principles of Biochemistry
- Exercise Physiology
- Molecular Biology With Laboratory
For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Graduate Catalog.
Paying for Your Education
A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.
Ready to Apply?
Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.
If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or, if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.