MS in Exercise Prescription

A 30-Credit Online Master’s Degree Steeped in Exercise Science

Welcome to the University of Connecticut's 30-credit Master of Science in Exercise Prescription program. This degree is designed for healthcare professionals, fitness experts, strength coaches, personal trainers, and anyone interested in learning about the principles of exercise prescription and how to use exercise as a preventative and therapeutic tool for chronic diseases and special health conditions.

Preparing the Next Generation of Exercise Physiologists

Throughout UConn's 100% online, part-time, and asynchronously taught, MS in Exercise Prescription program, you'll take core courses that provide a deep understanding of the principles of exercise prescription. You'll learn about prescribing personalized exercise prescriptions in healthy populations, as well as for those afflicted by chronic diseases and health conditions. You'll develop skills to evaluate a person's overall health before starting an exercise program, and how to incorporate different types of exercise (aerobic, resistance, concurrent, neuro-motor, and flexibility) into exercise plans.

Additionally, you'll gain an in-depth perspective of chronic diseases and special health conditions and how to prescribe the F.I.T.T. (Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type) principle of exercise prescription to prevent, treat, and manage them. You'll also learn how to develop personalized exercise prescriptions to optimize health, increase physical activity, fitness, strength, endurance, and flexibility, and meet sport performance goals.

Further, our program teaches you how to recognize common medication classes and how they may influence exercise responses. You'll also learn how to perform a scientific systematic review on exercise testing and prescription considerations for populations with chronic diseases and health conditions, as well as healthy adults with special considerations.

Finally, you'll have the opportunity to reflect on the challenges of maintaining a regular exercise program and learn how to deliver an educational presentation on a special topic in exercise prescription using instructional design principles and effective presentation best practices through a culminating capstone project.

Most students complete their Exercise Prescription master's degree within 2 years of starting.

Drive Your Exercise Physiology Career with UConn

At UConn, we believe in providing our students with a comprehensive education that prepares them for a successful career in exercise prescription. With our expert faculty, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art course delivery platforms, you'll be well-equipped to take your career to the next level.

We are currently accepting students for the summer and fall terms. 

MS in Exercise Prescription Courses

Core Courses (24 credits) 

  • KINS 5507 Fundamentals of Exercise Prescription (3-credit) *
  • KINS 5508 Exercise Prescription for Individuals with Chronic Diseases & Health Conditions (3-credit) *
  • KINS 5509 Clinical Exercise Physiology (3-credit)
  • KINS 5112 Behavioral Health Considerations  (3-credit)
  • KINS 5511 Sitting is the New Smoking (3-credit)
  • KINS 5594 Fundamentals of Conducting Systematic Reviews (3-credit) *
  • KINS 5595 Special Topics in Exercise Prescription (3-credit) *
  • KINS 5596 Capstone in Exercise Prescription (3-credit)

Elective Courses (choose 2)

  • KINS 5530 Physiology of Stressful Environments (3-credit)
  • KINS XXXX Lifestyle Medicine (3-credit)
  • NUSC 5200 Macronutrient Metabolism (3-credit)
  • NUSC 5325 Principles of Nutritional Assessment (3-credit)
  • NUSC 5410 Clinical Nutrition (3-credit)
  • NUSC 5600 Pathophysiology of Metabolic Diseases (3-credit)
  • NUSC 5700 Precision Nutrition (3-credit)
  • NUSC 6311 Regulation of Food Intake and Energy Balance (3-credit)

For course descriptions, please visit our Courses Page

* Courses marked with an asterisk are a part of UConn’s Exercise Prescription Online Graduate Certificate. All credits earned in the Exercise Prescription Online Graduate Certificate may be transferable to UConn’s Masters of Science in Exercise Prescription.

Application Deadlines

Summer Deadline: March 29
Fall Deadline: June 21

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,
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.”

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Exercise Prescription Graduate,
Spring 2018

“I highly recommend the program to anyone looking to earn solid credentials in Exercise Prescription. UConn is very well known in the field. Having a graduate level certificate from UConn is no joke if you are trying to demonstrate your credentials to a prospective employer.”

UConn Online Exercise Prescription Graduate Certificate


Exercise Prescription Graduate,
Spring 2018

“I was amazed; the UConn online program was incredibly interactive. As part of our assignments, we were required to pose questions to which the other students would respond. There was a lot of back and forth, which I loved.” 

UConn Exercise Prescription Graduate Programs


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