America's notable interest in sports and the continued growth of our older and our obese populations create a robust job market for professionals with expertise in exercise physiology. If you would like to work in higher education as a fitness instructor, wellness educator, researcher, or coach, secure a leadership position in a fitness facility, or pursue doctoral studies, consider earning your Master of Science with an exercise physiology concentration.

Admissions Requirements

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective on April 17th, 2020, the UAB School of Education is waiving the GRE and MAT as a mandatory requirement for applications to all graduate programs in the UAB School of Education through Fall 2021. Applicants may submit GRE or MAT scores for consideration, but these scores are not required. This policy is consistent with the current UAB Graduate School policy. 

Program admission requirements include undergraduate or graduate biology, chemistry, human anatomy, and human physiology courses, an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher, an official transcript, and three letters of recommendation. International applicants must also submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores to the Graduate School.

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Admissions Requirements

Complete application

Complete and submit online ‘degree-seeking application’ using the Graduate School online system. Go to You must submit this application before the deadline for your anticipated term of enrollment:

  • Summer Term Admission - May 1
  • Spring Term Admission - December 1
  • Fall Term Admission - August 1

No GRE or other test score required

GPA requirement

An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution must be awarded prior to starting the program. Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (A = 4.0) from a bachelor’s (or graduate) awarded degree.


Undergraduate or graduate level, biology, chemistry, human anatomy, and human physiology courses with a grade of 'C' or higher. A human anatomy and physiology course is acceptable.

Three letters of recommendation

Contact three individuals for providing a recommendation, inform them that they will be receiving a recommendation form by email from the UAB Graduate School, and ask them if they could kindly complete this form online and return it in a timely manner. Include their names and emails on your degree -seeking application. When you submit your degree-seeking application, an electronic recommendation form will automatically be sent to your referees. If your referees prefer to mail a recommendation letter, they should mail it to the following address: UAB School of Education, Office of Student Services – Exercise Physiology, 1720 2nd Avenue South, EB 232, Birmingham, AL 35294.


Write a 1-2 page summary of your academic interests, career goals, and relevant background experience.

Official transcript

Request that one (1) official transcript be sent by each previously attended institution to the UAB Graduate School: UAB Graduate School, 1720 2nd Avenue South, LHL G03, Birmingham, AL 35294-0013. You MUST request an official transcript from each college/university that you attended, even if you took only one course at that institution, even if you attended that institution concurrently with high school, and even if your grade from that institution is not on the transcript from the institution where you graduated. The transcripts received by The Graduate School will be used for admission purposes.

NOTE: If you attended UAB, you do not need to request a transcript from UAB as this can be accessed.

For International Applicants Only

  • Submit official TOEFL test score to UAB: Institution code: 1856
  • Mail Financial Affidavit of Support to: UAB Graduate School, 1720 2nd Avenue South, LHL G03, Birmingham, AL 35294
  • Meet all requirements in UAB’s booklet for international students. Call 205-934-8227 for additional information.
  • If you have attended a university or college outside of the United States, you must have a course-by-course transcript evaluation done by WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Education Credential Evaluators) and have it mailed to the UAB Graduate School: UAB Graduate School, 1720 2nd Avenue South, LHL G03, Birmingham, AL 35294-0013.

Contact Information

For additional information:

Kathy Lowe Tubbs
Phone: (205) 934-3380
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For inquiries about the application process:

Ms. Sha’niethia Johnson Wright – Office of Student
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Office: EB 232

Coursework and Degree Requirements

Students take required courses such as Exercise Physiology I and II and Research Methods and choose among a range of elective courses including Human Nutrition Through the Lifecycle, Motor Development, and Body Composition and Energy Metabolism. Building on existing skills in exercise testing and prescription, students learn advanced research methods and have the option of either writing a thesis or sitting for a comprehensive examination in partial fulfillment of the degree.

Prerequisite Override Policy for EPR 609

EPR 609 has a prerequisite of EPR 607/608 or equivalent (the equivalent must have been completed within 2 years of enrolling in EPR 609 and the student must have earned a grade of C or better); OR, a student may take a by-pass exam and earn a score of 70 or above. Please contact Dr. Jenna LaChenaye if you have any questions regarding this EPR policy.

Comprehensive Exam for Non-Thesis Option

Students who do not opt to write a thesis may sit for their Comprehensive Examination no earlier than the semester prior to graduation on the 7th Friday of either the fall or spring semester or on the 4th Friday of the ten-week summer semester. For detailed information regarding the registration requirements for and format of this exam, please access the link provided.


The Comprehensive Examination Questions are essay format, and are held between 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the 7th Friday of the Fall/Spring semesters and the 4th Friday of the 10 week Summer semester.

Comps may be taken no earlier than the semester prior to graduation. Students must submit their completed Registration Form (see below) for approval to the Graduate Program Director no later than 3 weeks prior to the exam date.

Students must pass 3 out of the 4 Comp class questions. The Comp questions will come from four classes that are pre-approved by the Graduate Program Director. Students will receive notification of their results within 4-6 weeks after taking the exam.

Students will be tested on coursework from the following classes:

  • EPR 594/692
  • KIN 637 or KIN 638
  • Two additional classes approved by the Graduate Program Director

Registration Process

  • Step 1: Download and complete the Registration Form. The course instructor is the Examiner.
  • Step 2: Email Completed form to Kathy Lowe Tubbs. The form is a fillable PDF, so you can fill it out on your computer rather than printing it out. Once you have filled it out, save a copy to the desktop of your computer and then send that PDF as an attachment on an email to Kathy Lowe Tubbs. When you save the completed PDF file to your computer, please add your name to the filename so that when you send it as an attachment, your name will be part of the filename of the PDF. (You should keep a copy of the completed PDF file on your computer as well.)
  • Step 3: Set up an appointment with the Graduate Program Director at least a week after you have completed your registration form. During this meeting he will review the registration form and both of you will sign it.
  • Step 4: After meeting with the Graduate Program Director, the signed registration form is given to Kathy Lowe Tubbs. After receiving your registration form, she will email you to confirm your registration and tell you the time and location for the exam.

Tentative Schedule

Semester comps will be given Deadline to register Date of exam
Summer 2021 June 18, 2021 July 9, 2021
Fall 2021 September 10, 2021 October 8, 2021
Spring 2022 January 21, 2022 February 25, 2022
Summer 2022 June 17, 2022 July 8, 2022
Fall 2022 September 2, 2022 October 7, 2022

*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

For More Information

Please contact Kathy Lowe Tubbs if you have any questions or concerns about the Comps procedure.

Graduate Program Director: Samuel Cauffman

Career Opportunities

Our graduates find employment working with healthy clients (non-clinical) and clients with chronic diseases or other medical concerns (clinical). Listed below are well-known organizations that focus on fitness and clinical exercise physiology. In addition to producing publications and convening meetings that report on pertinent research and industry trends, many of these associations also provide job listing services and certifications.

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