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 David Pearson, PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA

Program Description 
Students accepted into this degree program must take a minimum of 33 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, and 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.

Applications are due February 15

Sport Performance Graduate Program Points of Distinction

  1. Non-Thesis Master’s Program (MA).
  2. Hands on strength training of college athletes.
  3. Many external internships available.
  4. Some online classes.
  5. Preparation for National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)'s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam.