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Department of Sport, Exercise, Recreation, and Kinesiology

College of Education

Research Track

The Exercise Physiology and Performance Concentration is designed for students who desire an in-depth understanding of the scientific basis of exercise and sport physiology as well as preparation for advanced research (e.g., Ph.D.). The program focuses on the application of the biological, physical, social and behavioral areas necessary for an in-depth study of physical activity and sport and their effects on the performance, health, fitness and quality of life. Our program is characterized by nationally and internationally recognized faculty and a dynamic intellectual community.

Students have the option of specializing in one of two tracks:

  1. Research
  2. Coaching and Sports Performance.


The Exercise and Sport Science Laboratory is a 2,500 square-foot facility located in E113 Memorial Center at East Tennessee State University which offers students a unique opportunity to study variables in the exercise and sport sciences. The EXSS Lab provides access to modern testing equipment that is designed to increase students' understanding of the human body and how it functions in various exercise capacities. Equipment in the lab includes 2 metabolic carts, 4 EKG units, 2 Quinton treadmills, state-of-the-art strength/power testing equipment including 3 force plates, and a hydrostatic weight tank. The equipment is incorporated into lecture and lab experiences designed to enhance the students' educational and research experiences. With these experiences students develop a solid foundation in the principles of exercise and sport physiology, and human performance. This scientific foundation creates a solid base for students entering a variety of fields including adult fitness/wellness, teaching, coaching, as well as those students wishing to pursue an advanced degree.

36 Semester Hours Requirement for the Master of Arts degree

Departmental Core Course Requirements (9 hours):

  • SALM 5230 - Legal Issues in Physical Education and Sport (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5430 - Administration of Physical Education/ Athletics (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5670 - Research Design and Analysis (3 hrs)

Common Concentration Course Requirements (6 hours):

  • PEXS 5610 - Muscle Metabolism & Hormonal Control (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5620 - Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology (3 hrs)

Research Track Requirements (15 hours):

  • PEXS 5657 - Sports Nutrition & Ergogenic Aids (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5540 - Exercise Testing & Prescription (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5600 - Sport Conditioning & Training (3 hrs)
  • PEXS 5960 - Thesis (6 hrs)

Research Track Electives (6 hours):

  • As approved by the Advisor


Regular Admission:

The following are required for admission in the Exercise Physiology and Performance Concentration:

  • Undergraduate degree in physical education, exercise science, sport management or closely related field.
  • GRE scores
  • 2.7 cumulative undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume' and contact information (i.e., name, address, telephone, e-mail address) for at least three references
  • Essay explaining goals and reasons for desiring to study with the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, and ETSU

Conditional Admission:

Students may also be considered for conditional admission.


For more information please contact the Master's Program Coordinator:

Dr. Satoshi Mizuguchi
Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Box 70671
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN, 37614-1701

Voice: (423) 439-5387
Fax: (423) 439-5383


Various forms of financial assistance are available through the Office of Financial Aid. In addition, Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships are available in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS) that include research assistants with EXSS Faculty, and various other duties. Other opportunities may be available in campus recreation, intercollegiate athletics, student activities, and other campus areas. Application materials for Graduate Assistantship and Tuition Scholarship positions may be obtained from the Program Coordinator.

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