Physiology is the foundation upon which we build our knowledge of “life,” including how to treat disease.  A career in applied health physiology (AHPH) will allow you to apply evidence-based best practice guidelines to individuals with their unique needs and medical conditions, feeling the satisfaction of knowing that you have improved their lives and future health.

Why Choose M.S. in Applied Health Physiology?

The nationally recognized AHPH program at Salisbury University (SU) at USG is extremely appealing to potential students. The curriculum is designed to include the knowledge, skills and opportunities for practice that are essential for the development of health care and strength and fitness professionals. The program also fosters a strong commitment for every student to earn an appropriate professional credential. Students may choose from a credentialing focus within:

  • Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation (American College of Sports Medicine)
  • Fitness/wellness (American College of Sports Medicine)
  • Strength and conditioning (National Strength and Conditioning Association)

Additionally, every student participates in at least 500 hours of supervised internship in varied practice areas, such as:

  • Hospital cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation departments
  • Private personal training facilities
  • University-based athletic performance activities

Our program has been awarded recognition as a graduate studies program by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The program has also made a commitment to seek accreditation at the master’s degree level by the Committee on Accreditation for Exercise Sciences (CoAES). Together, these two organizations help us focus on developing a quality academic experience that benefits the graduate. 

The AHPH program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Applied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) within the exercise physiologist (clinical) domain. This accreditation represents our faculty’s commitment to academic quality and dedication to the profession.

Application Requirements

Students applying to the M.S. in applied health physiology program should review the application requirements.

Admission to the Master of Science in Applied Health Physiology Program requires:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be considered.
  • Completion of the application for admission to graduate studies
  • Payment of an application fee
  • Submission of official transcript from all colleges/universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One-page personal letter stating your career goal(s)
  • For international students, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test scores are required, or IELTS (International English Language System) test scores. The minimum TOEFL test scores in the following areas are required for admission into the graduate program in Applied Health Physiology: Reading Skills 22, Listening Skills 22, Speaking Skills 25, and Writing Skills 24. The minimum IELTS test scores are: Reading Skills 6.5, Listening Skills 6.5, Speaking Skills 7.0, and Writing Skills 7.0.
  • Submission of the Graduate Record Examination. Results will be used for advisement purposes only.

Prerequisite undergraduate coursework for all candidates includes:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (eight credit hours, e.g., BIOL 215 & 216)
  • Exercise Physiology (four credit hours, e.g., EXSC 344)
  • Stress Testing & Exercise Prescription (four credit hours; e.g., EXSC 472).
  • Kinesiology or biomechanics (four credit hours, e.g., EXSC 333)

Please Note:

  • Equivalent transfer (from another institution) coursework will be evaluated for satisfying prerequisites prior to admission. Students with a GPA > 3.0 lacking prerequisite coursework may be granted conditional admission by agreeing to complete prerequisite coursework within the first-year of the program.
  • A Residency/Domicile Information Form needs to be completed for in-state tuition status.

Please refer to the Office of Graduate Studies for specific application details.