Applied Health Physiology
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Strength & Conditioning • Fitness/Wellness • Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Zachary Townsend

Zachary Townsend, recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2015

StudentAbout the Program

The Salisbury University Master of Science program in Applied Health Physiology is a professional degree program designed to prepare health care professionals and is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Graduates of this program should possess the vision, the knowledge and the skills necessary to promote health and wellness in strength and conditioning positions as well as a variety of clinical settings (e.g., cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation, geriatric centers, youth centers, state and local health departments, and corporate wellness programs).  The curriculum emphasizes both theory and practice in the preparation of administrators, technicians, and supervisors. The program has been designed to include the knowledge, skills, and opportunities for practice that are essential for the development of health care and strength & fitness professionals.

Students in this Master of Science program will have the opportunity to read, to study, and to discuss a wide range of theories and ideas related to health and physiology. Students will have actual and simulated experiences in practicing the technical, administrative, and supervisory skills of a health care provider and strength and conditioning specialist.

Admission Requirements

A. Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Health Physiology Program requires:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be considered.
  2. Completion of the application for admission to graduate studies*
  3. Payment of an application fee*
  4. Submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  5. Three letters of recommendation*
  6. One-page personal letter stating your career goal(s)*
  7. For international students, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test scores** are required, or IELTS (International English Language System) test scores.**

 *Please see the following website at Salisbury University's Office of Graduate Studies and Research for further details (

**The minimum TOEFL test scores in the following areas are required for admission into the graduate program in Applied Health Physiology: Reading Skills 22, Listening Skills 22, Speaking Skills 25, Writing Skills 24. The minimum IELTS test scores  are: Reading Skills 6.5, Listening Skills 6.5, Speaking Skills 7.0, Writing Skills 7.0. 

B. Prerequisite undergraduate coursework for all candidates includes:

  1. Human Anatomy and Physiology (eight credit hours, e.g., BIOL 215 & 216)
  2. Exercise Physiology (four credit hours, e.g., EXSC 344)

C. Additional prerequisite undergraduate coursework depending on area of focus:

  1. For Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Stress Testing & Exercise Prescription (four credit hours; e.g., EXSC 472). In addition, after January 1, 2011, Kinesiology or biomechanics (four credit hours, e.g., EXSC 333) will also be required to meet ACSM criteria.
  2. For Strength & Conditioning: Kinesiology or biomechanics (four credit hours, e.g., EXSC 333)
  3. For Fitness/Wellness: Stress Testing & Exercise Prescription (four credit hours; e.g., EXSC 472)In addition, after July 1, 2011, Kinesiology or biomechanics (four credit hours, e.g., EXSC 333) will also be required to meet ACSM criteria.

Please Note:

  • Equivalent transfer (from another institution) coursework will be evaluated for satisfying prerequisites prior to admission. Students with a GPA > 3.0 lacking prerequisite coursework may be granted conditional admission by agreeing to complete prerequisite coursework within the first-year of the program.
  • A Residency/Domicile Information Form needs to be completed for in-state tuition status.

Program of Study 

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Health Physiology requires the completion of 36 credit hours, of which a minimum of 27 credit hours are earned at Salisbury University. The program must be completed with a cumulative Grade Point Average no lower than 3.0, with no more than six credit hours below a grade of B, and no grade lower than a C. A maximum of two course repetitions for the purpose of grade improvement are allowed. Students whose cumulative Grade Point Average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation according to University Policy.

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