Sports Performance Program

The Sports Performance degree is a terminal degree that is designed for the student who is serious about becoming a strength professional with special emphasis in college strength coaching. This program provides the student with a board scientific background for coaching and conditioning of athletic populations, and is a cross discipline approach between Exercise Science and Physical Education. 

For more information, contact coordinator David Pearson, PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA

Program Description 
Students accepted into this degree program must take a minimum of 34 semester hours of graduate work to graduate, and have three degree options: 1). Obtain a non-thesis degree, 2). Three hour research paper (RES 697) for a Master of Arts or 3). Six hour thesis (THES 698) for a Master of Science 

Requires: Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher. Undergraduate Course requirements: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology/Biomechanics, and Exercise Physiology. Weight training class or being a college athlete. An internship in a strength training facility would be looked upon favorably. GRE scores on a general exam required.

Required Courses (22 hours)
EXSCI 603 Advanced Physiology of Human Performance (4 hrs)
EXSCI 604 Essentials of Resistance Training (3 hrs)
EXCSI 634 Mechanical Analysis (3 hrs)
PEP 696 Athletic Training (3 hrs)
PEP 609 Introduction to Sports Exercise Psychology (3 hrs)
PEP 600 Internship (1-6)
FCS 644 Nutrition (3 hrs) 

Degree Options 

Non-Research Degree (12 hours) 
Non-Thesis 
PEP 601 Research Procedures (3 hrs)
EDPSY 641 Statistics (3 hrs)
Electives (6 hrs)

Research Degree Requirements (12 hours) 
Research Paper 
RES 697 Research Paper (3 hrs)
PEP 601 Found PE Research (3 hrs)
Electives (6 hrs)

Thesis
THES 698 Thesis (6 hrs)
ES 611 Research Design (3 hrs)
Electives (3 hrs) 

Applications are due February 15
 

School of Physical Education, Sport, & Exercise Science
Health and Physical Activity Building (HP), Room 360
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8746
Fax: 765-285-8254