Technical Skills to Impact Performance
The online MS in Exercise Science – Performance and Sport Science program combines essential physiology education with the skills it takes to impact the performance of diverse athletes.
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Prepare for CSCS and TSAC-F Certification
The Performance and Sport Science concentration of the online MS in Exercise Science program is designed for practitioners in the field who want to advance their careers with within the industry. Through instruction on advanced strength and tactical conditioning, the program delivers the expertise and credential required to sit for National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) exams and advance your career as a certified exercise science professional. Exams you’ll graduate prepared for include the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) certificate, the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam, and the upcoming Certified Performance and Sport Scientist (CPSS) certification.
The Performance and Sport Science concentration can be completed online in Calvin University’s digital learning environment. As an online student, you’ll receive personalized instruction from industry professionals as you navigate an accelerated curriculum founded on Christian values.
Career Outlook: Opportunities to Promote Human Performance
With the Performance and Sport Science concentration, you’ll build the skills for a variety of in-demand exercise science careers, including roles like strength and conditioning coach or sport scientist. The need for new professionals to fill this position is in high demand and is expected to grow by 11% through 2029.1 With this growth rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts more than 57,000 new fitness training positions will be created by 2029.2
Additional exercise science career options include:
- Collegiate or professional coach
- Business owner
- Strength and conditioning coach
- Personal trainer
- Sport scientist
Exercise physiologists create and oversee wellness programs for individuals who are recovering from illness and disease. 22% of current exercise physiologists in the United States are employed by state and private hospitals.1
Athletic trainers work with professional and amateur athletes to ensure they follow nutrition guidelines and exercise appropriately to remain healthy and in shape. 36% of athletic trainers in the United States work in the field of education.3Career Outlook
Curriculum: Career-Focused Education for Certified Success
The Performance and Sport Science concentration will prepare you to sit for the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) certificate, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exams, and the Certified Performance and Sport Scientist exam. As a student, you’ll complete seven exercise science core courses and three concentration-specific courses that include instruction on injury prevention, sport psychology, and more.
Course Spotlight: KIN 528 Advanced Strength and Tactical Conditioning
In this course, students will apply scientific knowledge to train individuals for the primary goal of improving athletic and job performance. They will design sport-specific testing sessions, implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and integrate general guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Students will also learn to how to design and facilitate strength training programs to increase the performance, readiness, and longevity of tactical professionals while decreasing the likelihood of fitness-related injuries.View Courses
Course Spotlight: KIN 530 Injury Prevention and Return to Play
In this course, students will apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology, motor learning, functional movement, and strength and conditioning to injury prevention and return to play and activity. Students will learn how to identify individuals and situations which contribute toward higher risk of injury, as well as design appropriate training and conditioning programs for prevention and mitigation.
Choose from 3 Concentrations
The online Master’s in Exercise Science program offers a selection of three career-focused concentrations designed to increase your professional potential.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The online Master’s in Exercise Science program can be completed in one year.
Yes. The online Master’s in Exercise Science program offers both part- and full-time options.
Upcoming start dates for this program include Aug. 23 and Oct. 25.
Yes. You may choose from concentrations in health and exercise rehabilitation, performance and sport science, and sport and exercise administration. Students can also pursue more than one concentration.
Once you complete the online Master’s in Exercise Science, you’ll have the credential to pursue positions such as exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, athlete manager, athletic facilities director, and more, depending on your chosen concetration. Visit the program’s careers page to learn more about career outcomes.