Mission Statement

Our MS in Exercise Science program is designed to provide each student the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge in the exercise sciences through a combination of graduate coursework and research. As one of two accredited graduate applied exercise physiology programs in New England, our students are involved with our ongoing faculty research or their own independent projects.

Students begin their graduate athletic training studies during that initial summer after admission into the graduate program. Subsequent study follows the traditional fall and spring semesters schedule with each semester divided into 8-week sessions. One session each semester is devoted to a period of concentrated classroom study with the second 8 weeks dedicated to an immersive clinical experience under the supervision of program preceptors.

Current research is examining the causes of hypertension in African-Americans, product testing of sport equipment and foot insoles associated with injury prevention and improved performance, gait analysis for runners and clinical populations, physiological, behavior and exercise, biomechanical and postural changes related to aging and nutritional supplements.

Program Features

  • Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Individualized advisement to focus education on student goals
  • Well-equipped laboratory featuring the following equipment for student research
    • Bod Pod Body Composition Testing
    • Treadmill with 3-D Video and Force Platform
    • # Metabolic Carts
  • Experience in providing clinical assessments through the CT Running Clinic and other Laboratory public opportunities
  • State-of-the-art Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Metabolic and Neurophysiology laboratories under construction and will be done in the spring of 2021
  • Qualifies for NEBHE Tuition Break program for Maine and Vermont residents



The MS in Exercise Science program has a long history of producing high quality graduates who have gone on to become leaders in the field. Graduates have entered doctoral programs at such schools as the University of Massachusetts, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Florida.  Graduates interested in health care have become cardiac rehabilitation clinicians or have pursued degrees in allied health programs such as physical therapy and medical sonography. While other graduates have become college strength coaches and performance specialists.

The program is one of the most affordable in New England and we offer a limited number of assistantships to qualified students.


Visit the graduate catalog for program requirements and further information.


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Dr. Robert Axtell PhD
Program Coordinator, Graduate Exercise Science