M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP)

Master of Science in Exercise & Sport Science

Whether you want to pursue a career in academia, research or therapy, an advanced degree in exercise and sport science will open doors to a variety of in demand career opportunities.

Program Overview

Apply your expertise to improve the health of your community and beyond.

The High Altitude Exercise Physiology program examines how the human body functions physiologically in extreme environments. In the program, you’ll conduct original research and hone your ability to share your research as presentations and publications. You’ll also learn how to critically evaluate scientific literature and apply the scientific method to exercise sciences, by actively engaging in the research process. To ensure that you’re proficient with exercise testing equipment and relevant computer skills, you’ll use state-of-the-art technology to complete tasks as you would in exercise science professions. Overall, you’ll complete at least 36 total credits, including six thesis credits. The thesis will be a culminating research project, to be completed during the last semester of the two-year program.

Real-world experience

Students work closely with real patients to develop an acute understanding of human physiology – at rest and during exercise, in healthy and diseased populations – in extreme environments, including hyper- and hypobarometric conditions, heat, cold, pollution.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
ESS 600 Advanced Statistics 3 View
ESS 601 Quantitative Research Methods 3 View
ESS 605 Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation-Lab 3 View
ESS 606 Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation-Field 3 View
ESS 640 Environmental Exercise Physiology I 3 View
ESS 641 Environmental Physiology II 3 View
ESS 650 Thesis Proposal Development 3 View
ESS 660 Health Promotion 3 View
ESS 675 Clinical Exercise Programming-Lab 3 View
ESS 685 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3 View
ESS 692 Independent Study 1-3 View
ESS 695 Thesis 6 View
ESS 698 Practicum/ Intership 1-6 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

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News & Research

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Several studies by ESS, HAEP faculty, students published

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New Western-GVH program allows HAEP students to treat patients, conduct research

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Student Outcomes

Preparing students for rewarding careers in exercise & sport science.

Research — HAEP Graduates will understand Exercise Science research methods and demonstrate the ability to recognize and employ various study designs. They will:

  • Be adept at retrieving and analyzing information relevant to Exercise Science.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the background and principle research in their specialization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate scientific literature and apply the scientific method to exercise sciences, by actively engaging in the research process with critical analysis and research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to situate their own research within the broader context of the Exercise Science field.
  • Communication and Writing — HAEP graduates will master oral and written skills to present and publish their research in peer-reviewed venues.

Application/Outreach — HAEP graduates will be able to translate research into practice, developing evidence-based exercise prescriptions for individuals with performance goals – particularly those at risk, including special populations – who seek to perform in extreme environments, such as altitude, cold and stressful heat.

Critical Thinking — HAEP Graduates will effectively use information obtained through traditional and non-traditional sources to solve problems related to academic or professional practice.

Technology — HAEP Graduates will use technology to complete tasks within the Exercise Science profession. This includes proficiency with exercise testing equipment and relevant computer skills.

High Altitude Performance Laboratory (HAP Lab)

Early exposure to cutting-edge research through Western’s High Altitude Performance Laboratory (HAP Lab)—7,717 feet above sea level—enables students to gain career-ready skills.

Additional Resources

Current Student Projects

The effectiveness of the ACE Integrated Fitness Training model Researchers: Devan E. Haney and Lance C. Dalleck ​Purpose:  It is well accepted that regular exercise has positive effects on health …

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Course Requirements

Description of the Program A minimum of 36 credits, including six thesis credits, are required for the High Altitude Exercise Physiology master program. All students must complete 24 core credits in …

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Cost Total Program Cost:  $24,314.40 (36 required credits @ $675.40 per credit. Students typically enroll in 9 credits/semester.) Credits Required Tuition/credit Research Fee/credit Campus …

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Admission Requirements

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2020 The GRE requirement has been WAIVED for the remainder of the Fall 2020 admission cycle. Admission Requirements B.A. or B.S. degree in Exercise & Sport …

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Department Chairperson

Lance Dalleck, Ph.D.

Professor of Exercise & Sport Science

Administrative Assistant

Terri Stinson

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

970.943.7129

970.943.7125

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Paul Wright Gym 209
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231