M.Sc. On Campus

Exercise Physiology and Fitness Leadership

Northern Illinois University

24 months
849 USD/credit 15282 USD/year
492 USD/credit 8856 USD/year
492 USD/credit 8856 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Fitness Leadership at Northern Illinois University is designed for current physical education and exercise teachers who want to expand their knowledge of physiology, human anatomy and fitness leadership. You will build upon your theoretical knowledge and experience to advance your professional skills in research, teaching, and fitness.


Area(s) of Emphasis:

  • Exercise Physiology/Fitness Leadership

This Exercise Physiology and Fitness Leadership specialization is designed to provide knowledge and skills to students in the area of exercise physiology and/or fitness leadership. Students with such a professional background are prepared to assume various roles related to exercise physiology: research, teaching, and fitness leadership in hospitals, corporations, and health clubs. Applied exercise physiology and a human anatomy and physiology course are prerequisites for this specialization. In consultation with an adviser, the student selects either a thesis or non-thesis option.

Why NIU?

Each year, Northern Illinois University welcomes more than 5,000 graduate students from around the world to our vibrant community. We invite you to join us. Explore our wide range of graduate degrees and certificates. Our programs will advance your education and your career, and you'll have outstanding opportunities for research, innovation and hands-on learning.

Our university and individual programs of study rank nationally year after year. NIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies NIU as a High Research Activity University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Neuromuscular Aspects of Physical Performance
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiology: Responses and Adaptations to Exercise 
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Bioenergetics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or one with equivalent recognition.
  • Achieved a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale, or the equivalent.
  • If you received a three-year degree awarded through the Bologna process in Europe or a three-year Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration awarded in India, you are eligible to apply (provided you are seeking admission to the MBA or OMIS program).
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Test scores (if required).
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (optional)
  • Additional materials required by your program.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    15282 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 849 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    8856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 492 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 492 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for DeKalb

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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