Exercise Prescription Online Master's Degree & Graduate Certificate

Two 100% online exercise science programs from a top-tier R1 public institution.

Are you currently in, or seeking to transition into the field of Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Kinesiology, Personal Training, Exercise Physiology, or Health and Fitness? Are you looking to enhance your current job credentials or earn an advanced degree in a field that continues to grow, exponentially? UConn's Exercise Prescription master's degree or graduate certificate could be a great next step.

UConn’s Department of Kinesiology has developed the online MS in Exercise Prescription and Exercise Prescription Graduate Certificate to specifically speak to the needs of one of the nation’s, and world’s, fastest growing sectors, Exercise Science. 

Exercise is Medicine!

Linda Pescatello conducts a research study. UConn Exercise Prescription Graduate Certificate

Master of Science in Exercise Prescription

Online, 30 Credits

Exercise Prescription Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Exercise Prescription

Online, 12 Credits

Earn your Exercise Science master’s degree or certificate from one of the nation’s best.

The University of Connecticut is ranked in the Top 25 Public Schools by US News & World Report and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


The National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) ranks UConn’s PhD in Kinesiology #2 in the nation.

What They Are Saying

I am very happy to inform you that I passed ACSM-CEP.  I highly recommend your program for anyone seeking to obtain ACSM CEP certification; it's a wonderful resource for exercise professionals. Thank you very much.

AL ANUTH (she/her), Spring 2022
Clinical Exercise Physiologist-ACSM

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Exercise Prescription Graduate,
Summer 2023

“Now my mindset has completely changed to the precision type of planning for my clients and for my athletes. The way that I look at designing exercise is completely different. Every single person has their own background and needs… ”

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Exercise Prescription Graduate,
Fall 2020

"It didn’t really hit me until I was an instructor. I took the program because I’m an exercise professional, but once I transitioned to the instructor,...” 

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Exercise Prescription Graduate,
Spring 2020

"I chose UConn’s program because I wanted something much more in-depth than simply studying for and taking an exam. It turned out to be a wonderful opportunity...” 

UConn Online Exercise Prescription, Maybruch


Exercise Prescription Graduate,
Spring 2018

“I believe that my credentials from UConn, and especially the Exercise Prescription certificate, will help me more easily establish trust with clients as I move forward with my health club plans.”

The World is Discovering Exercise is Medicine.

A 9-Credit 100% Online Graduate Certificate in Exercise Prescription

Are you interested in transitioning into the field of Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Kinesiology, Personal Training, Exercise Physiology, or Health and Fitness? Looking to enhance your current job credentials or earn an advanced degree? Here's your next step.

Great news! You're in the right place at the right time. Exercise physiology and related fields are exploding, especially given America's unwavering interest in sports, along with the continued growth in the numbers of older adults and people who are overweight or obese. The world is discovering exercise is medicine!

exercise prescription online graduate certificate video clipTo help meet demand for continuing education in the exercise science field, the University of Connecticut (UConn) now offers a new online graduate certificate program in Exercise Prescription. This 9-credit, 3 course online graduate certificate can help you advance your knowledge base in this dynamic field, preparing you to take your career to the next level and capitalize on the growing exercise science, personal training, fitness and Kinesiology industries.

At the completion of this online certificate program, students will:

  • Explain the nuances of administering exercise stress tests in healthy and unhealthy populations.
  • Evaluate a person’s overall health prior to beginning of an exercise program and throughout program maintenance.
  • Incorporate aerobic, resistance, concurrent, neuro-motor, and flexibility exercise appropriately into exercise plans.
  • Explain the underlying processes involved with chronic diseases or special health conditions.
  • Use the F.I.T.T. (Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type) principle of exercise prescription to prevent, treat, and manage chronic disease or special health conditions.
  • Develop individualized exercise prescriptions to increase and promote physical activity, fitness, strength, endurance, and flexibility to optimize health and meet athletic performance goals.
  • Recognize common medication classes likely to be encountered by health/fitness professionals, and how they may influence the exercise responses.
  • Perform a scientific systematic review on exercise testing and prescription considerations for a population with chronic diseases and health conditions, following the seven best practice steps.
  • Deliver an educational presentation on a special topic in exercise prescription following instructional design principles and effective presentation best practices.
  • Reflect on the challenges of maintaining a regular exercise program.

We are currently accepting applications for the fall 2023 semester. The deadline to apply is June 16, 11:59 p.m. EST. Apply now to avoid last minute processing delays!

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Meet the Researcher: Linda Pescatello, CAHNR
Pescatello’s career as a kinesiology researcher grew out of an enduring desire to learn coupled with her lifelong passion for physical activity and biology

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Application Deadlines

Summer Semester: March 29
Fall Semester: June 21
Apply early to avoid last minute processing delays.