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Program Overview

Program Overview

There’s never been a better time for exercise professionals in today’s world.  Approaching human performance holistically by studying in a program that combines your areas of interest from the interrelated fields of exercise science, performance nutrition, business and psychology helps you set yourself apart in today's job market.

Gain expertise on how the body moves, functions and is fueled. Explore how to improve quality of life and performance for a variety of populations. Learn from our passionate and experienced faculty, surrounded by our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Go on from here to have a lasting impact through a degree that is uniquely designed to accommodate your interests and abilities. Let us empower you— so you can empower your community.

Exercise and Human Performance Program Foundations

The curriculum features three aspects: 

  1. Core courses offering advanced training in exercise physiology, organizational behavior, and research
  2. Focus areas based on your interest and expertise
  3. A culminating capstone (thesis or portfolio)

This framework allows for maximum flexibility, allowing you to forge your own unique path in preparing for your career aspirations. 

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Application with $50 nonrefundable fee
  • Bachelor's degree, including prerequisites of 12 or more credit hours from Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, and/or Biochemistry
  • Official transcripts from all schools in which a degree was conferred
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average on all undergraduate work 
  • Three recommendations, including at least one academic reference and one professional reference.
  • An essay (maximum of 750 words) reflecting on 1) personal philosophy of exercise/human performance, 2) career aspirations, and 3) purpose, passion, faith, etc. 
  • Resume
  • In-person (or virtual as needed) interview for finalists.

If mailed, send transcripts and forms to:
Graduate Studies in EXHP
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville TN 37204-3951




Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Tuition and fees for the EXHP program are as follows:

36-hour program / $1,030 per credit hour*

*Note: The graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective each summer semester.

Types of Aid


Student to faculty ratio


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee, an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Matthew Ruiz headshot

    Matthew Ruiz

    Director of Exercise and Human Performance Program

    Professional expertise in sport, exercise and performance psychology.

    Meet Matthew Ruiz
  • Kent Johnson headshot

    Kent Johnson

    Professor, Exercise Science Program Director

    Cofounder of EXNS program Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise physiology, leads the cardiovascular laboratory, and is a fellow in the ACSM.

    Meet Kent Johnson
  • Laurel Littlefield headshot

    Laurel Littlefield

    Associate Professor

    Laurel and her husband Brad are originally from West Texas, and moved to Nashville with their three sons in 2018. Laurel and Brad met while attending Lubbock Christian University (LCU)...

    Meet Laurel Littlefield
  • Autumn Marshall headshot

    Autumn Marshall

    Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition

    Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in nutrition, extremely well-connected throughout the region in all things nutrition and dietetics.

    Meet Autumn Marshall

Career Paths

Exercise Physiologists

Exercise physiologists develop fitness and exercise programs that help patients recover from chronic diseases and improve cardiovascular function, body composition and flexibility.

Strength and Conditioning

These specialists conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention based on scientific knowledge.

Wellness and Health Coaching

Wellness and health coaches utilize evidence-based conversation, clinical interventions and strategies to empower clients/patients to make healthy behavioral changes.


Nutritionists are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.

Additional Schooling

When you graduate, you may also pursue one or more career paths that require additional education, such as becoming a physical therapist or physician’s assistant. You may go on to receive a doctorate in your field of choice. Your master’s degree will afford you a number of opportunities to reach even higher.