Additional Information for Exercise Physiology

Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Exercise Science
Additional Information for application to the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

This is not an application form.

Background Information: The School of Exercise Science offers postgraduate study in clinical exercise physiology. This postgraduate degree is offered over one year full-time or part-time over an equivalent period. The program is designed for applicants who have completed an undergraduate Exercise and Sports Science degree (or other relevant health science qualifications) who want to develop their skills and knowledge to prescribe exercise professionally to a broad section of the community and apply for accreditation as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP). Upon successful completion of the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, graduates will have the opportunity to work within primary care (prevention), community health, acute and sub-acute care, environments that address the issue of physical inactivity and conditions such as cardiopulmonary diseases, metabolic diseases, musculoskeletal injuries/disease, neurological disease, respiratory and other lifestyle-related health problems.

Application to the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is based upon a number of academic selection criteria.
Selection Criteria:

  1. Completion of an undergraduate Exercise and Sports Science degree (or equivalent)
  2. Eligibility for Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) membership* upon enrolment.
    * It is highly recommended that applicants have completed their 140hrs with asymptomatic individuals. A copy of the Logbook is to be provided as evidence.
  3. GPA of at least 4.6
  4. Current CPR certification
  5. Letter of application which includes why you wish to complete the degree and other qualifications attained (for example Cert III/IV in fitness)
  6. Professional referee's report

Letter of application: Applicants are required to submit a short essay (< 500 words, typed in 12 point Times New Roman font and a separate page) detailing why they wish to become an exercise physiologist. Briefly indicate why you want to complete the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology post-graduate degree at the Australian Catholic University. Applicants should state their objectives for choosing this postgraduate degree as well as their career goals and list any course work completed (part-time or full-time) in the area of exercise science, outside of your Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (or related) degree.

The application is not to include clinical practice/experiences undertaken during undergraduate study.

Professional Reference/Recommendation: Applicants are required to submit at least one professional reference/recommendation (maximum of two). Professional Reference/Recommendations may be attained from the university where the applicant completed undergraduate study. Applicants may also attain a professional recommendation/reference’s from a facility where they have completed clinical experience during undergraduate study.

The Professional Reference/Recommendations must be submitted by your chosen referee using the online form that can be accessed by this link:

Professional reference/recommendation's will be kept confidential and will not be released to applicants. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that professional reference/recommendation's are received by the advertised closing date.


  • Completed an undergraduate Exercise and Sports Science (or equivalent)
  • ESSA Logbook
  • GPA of at least 4.6
  • Current CPR certification
  • Letter of application (500 words)
  • Professional reference/recommendation online form (Email the online form to your chosen referee)

Please note: Late applications and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

It is highly recommended that applicants obtain ESSA Graduate Entry membership as part of their application process.