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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.

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).

Work in State-of-the-Art Labs

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 and Integrative Exercise Physiology Laboratory.

Program Requirements

The MS degree requires:

  • approximately two years to complete
  • a minimum of 33 credits of graduate work
  • 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.

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Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

The Sports Performance program does not offer an assistantship.  

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.

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More Information

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.