Five years, two degrees: B.S. in Exercise & Sport Science and M.S. in High Altitude Exercise Physiology ​

At Western, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (ESS), along with your Master of High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) in just five years.

The Clinical Exercise Physiology (with HAEP 3+2) program is designed for highly motivated students seeking a career in the health and/or academic field(s). This emphasis is hands-on and research based, culminating in an original research project that will ultimately be submitted for publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal.

Students with the five year BS/MS degree are qualified for careers in performance, academia, research or clinical practice, as well as for further study in the discipline.

How does it work?

For their first three years at Western, students pursuing the HAEP 3+2 program take ESS courses with an emphasis in Clinical Exercise Physiology.  

At the end of their third year, they apply to the HAEP master’s program. If they have completed the requirements (listed below), they will be considered a “HAEP candidate with provisional acceptance.”

Students begin taking master’s-level courses their fourth year. At the end of that year, the students will have completed 121 credits, earning their Bachelor of Science in ESS and status will change to “HAEP M.S. degree seeking student.”

At the end of their fifth year, they will have earned their Master of High Altitude Exercise Physiology.

What are the requirements?

To remain qualified for the Clinical Exercise Physiology Emphasis:

Students must have earned 65 credits by the end of their second year and:

  • Maintained a 3.25 GPA within the major and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Completed ESS 181, ESS 185, all 100 level major science courses, 21 credits of general education (not including AREA II: Natural Sciences), and the Biology Human Anatomy and Physiology sequence (BIOL 372/373).
  • Written, submitted and discussed a Letter of Intent with the HAEP program director and his or her advisor. The Letter of Intent should include preliminary research interests and career goals. This letter will be kept on file with the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the application to the HAEP program.

Students must have earned 97 credits by the end of their third year and:

  • Completed all undergraduate course requirements for the Clinical Exercise Physiology track (except for ESS 410: Assessment and Exercise Prescription and ESS 390: Exercise Biochemistry, which will be taken in the fall and spring, respectively, of the fourth year). Please note: a student may elect to take ESS 498: Internship during the summer before his or her fourth year. (See MAJOR MAP at western.edu/ESS.)
  • Completed the GRE with a minimum of 150 for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning and 4.5 for Analytical Writing. GRE scores will be kept on file with the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the application to the HAEP program.
  • Requested, and the School of Graduate Studies must have received, two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a Western faculty member. Recommendation letters will be kept on file with the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the application to the HAEP program.
  • Submitted a current resume. The resume will be kept on file with the School of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the application to the HAEP program.

When students have completed all of the aforementioned requirements, they will become a “HAEP candidate with provisional acceptance.”

By then end of their fourth year, students must have earned 121 credits and:

  • Completed ESS 410: Assessment and Exercise Prescription and ESS 390: Exercise Biochemistry.
  • Maintained a 3.25 GPA within the major and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Completed 18 graduate level ESS credits, with at least a 3.0 GPA.

At this time, the School of Graduate Studies will consider the student a “HAEP M.S. degree seeking student.”  

How much does it cost?

For the first three years, students in the HAEP 3+2 program pay undergraduate tuition and are eligible for undergraduate financial aid. The fourth year, students take a combination of graduate credits and undergraduate credits, maintaining their access to undergraduate financial aid as they complete their bachelor's degree. In the final year, students pay graduate tuition.