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Online MS in Exercise Science - Performance and Sport Science Concentration

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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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  • Duration 12-24 months
  • Cost per Credit $660
  • Credit Hours 30

Program Benefits

  • Prepare for industry certification
  • Flexible online format with 8-week terms
  • Affordable tuition
  • No GRE required for admission

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


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

fitness Trainers and instructors


Fitness trainers and instructors focus on exercises and conditioning methods to address and minimize injuries and improve athleticism. Up to 15 percent career growth is projected between now and 2029 for this field.3

Career 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 two 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.

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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 2 Concentrations

The online Master’s in Exercise Science program offers a selection of two career-focused concentrations designed to increase your professional potential.

Master of Science in Exercise Science: Health and Exercise Rehabilitation Concentration

Calvin University’s online MS in Exercise Science – Health and Exercise Rehabilitation program will prepare you for careers that help individuals develop achievable and measurable goals, and maintain healthy lifestyle changes.

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.

The first step is to complete and submit the online application.

The next start date for this program is August 22.

Yes. You may choose from concentrations in health and exercise rehabilitation, and performance and sport science. 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.

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