Applied Physiology M.S.Ed.

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The Applied Physiology masters program is specifically designed to produce highly qualified practitioners for successful careers in sports and fitness. This uniquely designed program allows students to create their own path to reach their intended career goals.


The program emphasizes practice-based instruction promoting proficiency in the areas of nutrition, human performance, and administration and operations of facilities. Student can take classes based on their intended career path including courses in functional assessment and corrective exercises, advanced strength training, Olympic weightlifting, sports conditioning and speed training, as well as coursework in sports nutrition and clinical exercise testing and programming. For those pursuing careers emphasizing competencies in the development of sports performance, much of the practical course work is performed in the University of Miami’s athletic facilities and interested students will have the opportunity to work directly with our NCAA Division I athletes and coaches. Those looking to become exercise physiologists will have the opportunity to take classes and do research in one of the clinical labs.

The University of Miami Graduate program is officially recognized as an approved graduate strength and conditioning program by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

The “ERP” logo is a trademark of the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the United States and/or other countries. ERP Graduate Strength and Conditioning Program.


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Career Paths

Strength and Conditioning

This path emphasizes practice-based instruction promoting proficiency in cutting edge programming and implementation; including practical requirements in functional and corrective exercises, advanced strength training, Olympic weight lifting, speed, agility and quickness training, as well as training for competitive endurance sports. Coursework is performed in the University of Miami’s athletic facilities and qualified students will have the opportunity to work directly with our NCAA Division I athletes and coaches.

Clinical Nutrition for Performance

This path is rooted in a scientific background in the applied sciences, which integrates the nutritional components of wellness programing and key elements of nutrition for optimal performance. The curriculum represents the biological synergy between nutrition and exercise physiology so that students can take leadership roles in clinical-based wellness programs, exercise physiological and nutritional research, as well as tailoring the optimal, evidence-based nutritional practices for coaches and athletes.

Entrepreneurship and Fitness Administration

This path is designed for individuals pursuing careers in Sports/Fitness administration or those looking to open their own business. Courses provide guidance to higher competency in business operations for supervisory positions. Common jobs include facility owner/operators, program or wellness director, and corporate paths in upper management such as a regional or national director of personal training.

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

This path prepares students for careers in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, community or corporate wellness, and teaching. Additionally, it provides students who are pursuing careers in medicine, physical/occupational therapy, physician’s assistant studies, or higher education with a unique and valuable foundation in exercise science. Students have numerous applied physiological research opportunities in the program’s well-equipped laboratories of clinical and applied physiology, neuromuscular research and active aging, and sports medicine and motion analysis.

Required Coursework

1-year Program (30 credits) can be completed in an academic year. Fall/Spring or Fall/Spring/Summer

2-year Program (30 credits) recommended for careers in Strength and Conditioning as it provides for more intern experience

Only available to University of Miami Undergraduate Athletic Training and Kinesiology students
2-semesters (24 credits)

Curriculum Requirements

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Suggested Plan of Study

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Program Contact


Brian Biagioli
Program Director,
Max Orovitz Building 230


Phone: 305-284-7343 (SEHD)