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Prepare for a career providing exercise programs to people with chronic disease and disabilities while earning your master's in kinesiology through our clinical exercise physiology emphasis.

Through coursework, practicums, and internships, you'll learn the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to earn certification as a Clinical Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine—a requirement of completing the program.

Program Highlights

  1. Culminates in certification as a Clinical Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine
  2. Course of study includes classes and 500 hours of clinical experience; no thesis required
  3. Typically a two-year program for those with an exercise science background

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Faculty and Curriculum

Through this clinically focused program, you'll gain the fundamentals you need to earn certification and work as a clinical exercise specialist, working alongside physicians to design and provide exercise programs for people suffering from conditions such as cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, diabetes, and neuromuscular diseases and disabilities.

While no thesis is required, you'll take 36 hours of coursework and complete 500 hours of supervised clinical experience through practicums and/or internships. Required courses make up the majority of your studies (30 of the required 36 hours). Required coursework includes:

  • Advanced exercise physiology (metabolic, neuromuscular, clinical, cardiovascular)
  • Exercise prescription
  • Measurement of physical activity
  • Physical activity and exercise interventions
  • Exercise epidemiology
  • Research methods

You must hold a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, exercise science, physical education, or health-related area. You should have completed the majority of the following undergraduate courses as a requirement of admission:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Physical fitness assessment and development
  • Nutrition

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Take classes in the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, the nation's largest on-campus facility for recreation and fitness.

Our Center for Physical Activity and Health, which offers supervised exercise opportunities for university faculty and staff and the Athens community, provides additional opportunities to apply what you are learning, including interdisciplinary translational research, education, and outreach.

A professional seminar gives you the chance to discuss professional opportunities and certifications, with a focus on practitioners.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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