What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology Program is a 46-credit program that provides the theoretical, laboratory, research and clinical experiences necessary for a career in a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation setting. Each year’s class (15 students) entering the four-semester program - summer, fall, spring, summer - receives practical, hands-on experience in Phases I and II cardiac rehabilitation, as well as graded exercise testing, in cooperation with area hospitals and clinics.

In addition, students participate in the on-campus La Crosse Exercise and Health Program (LEHP), which provides adult fitness, Phases III and IV cardiac rehabilitation programming, and health and nutrition services to over 300 participants each week. The required internship - three months during the last semester - presents opportunities for further experience at a site of the student’s choosing. The completion of a thesis project is required before the student is allowed to begin the internship.

Degree candidates typically have an undergraduate degree in physical education, fitness, exercise science, or other allied health related fields such as biology, health education, nursing, or physical therapy. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Conduct graded exercise tests
  • Design exercise programs for healthy and diseased populations
  • Organize and administer adult fitness, corporate fitness, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs

Graduates are employed in:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Adult fitness centers (public, private, and corporate)
  • Clinic, hospital, and “free standing” rehabilitation facilities
  • Sports medicine centers

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Health

Study options

Full Time (46 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,039.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected February, September 2022


College of Science and Health

1725 State Street,



54601, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A bachelor’s or higher degree from UWL or another approved institution where English is the sole language of instruction may also fulfill this requirement.

For international students

A bachelor’s or higher degree from UWL or another approved institution where English is the sole language of instruction may also fulfill this requirement.

  • Degree must be earned within two years of expected enrollment at UWL.
  • Applicant must have attended the institution for a minimum of two years.

Applicants for graduate study who are not native speakers of English must meet one of the following for admission:

  • TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT or 550 pBT
  • IELTS score of at least 6.0
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) score of at least 60

Application deadline is January 15 of each year

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Wisconsin La Crosse

Experience innovative academics along Wisconsin’s beautiful west coast and see why UWL is so highly ranked.

  • Located in the beautiful La Crosse region
  • 9th nationwide for providing value to international students
  • 96% job placement rate 2 years after graduation
  • More than 200 student clubs and societies