Master of Science Strength and Human Performance

Master of Science: Online

The Master of science degree in Strength and Human Performance provides an expansive study of evidenced-based research in physiology, biomechanics, and human metabolism to enhance health, function, and physical performance.

Our Mission

The mission of the Master of Science degree in Strength and Human Performance program at Parker University is to prepare graduates to apply evidence-based research to promote health, enhance physical performance, and prevent athletic injuries.

Stats

13%
GROWTH

Employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2020 to 2030. source

2,400
JOBS TO BE FILLED

2,400 projected employment opportunities for exercise physiologists from 2020 to 2030. source

Why Choose Parker?

Career Preparation

Students that complete the MS in Strength and Human Performance may be eligible for the following certifications:

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certifications:
• ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT)
• ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)
• ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM-GEI)
• ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP)
• ACSM Exercise is Medicine Credential
• ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET)
• ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT)
• ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS)

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certifications:
• Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
• Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS)
• NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Strength and Human Performance students must complete a total of 30 graduate semester credit hours of coursework. No elective courses are offered in this program.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Science in Strength and Human Performance, students at Parker University must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete 30-36 credit hours of graduate study (24 credits must be earned at Parker University)
  • Complete the course of study required for the Master of Science in Exercise Science and Human Performance with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete the degree requirements with no more than two courses with a grade of “C.”
  • Complete all of the Master of Science in Exercise Science and Human Performance degree requirements within five years of beginning coursework; exceptions for extenuating circumstances reviewed by the Dean.

Advisory
Board

Parker University is proud to announce its new Strength and Human Performance Advisory Board!

This board includes:

Dan John

Dan John

All-American discus thrower and has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games, and the Weight Pentathlon, lecturer, online instructor

Kelly Starrett

Kelly Starrett

Co-founder of The Ready State, head coach and physical therapist

Brett Winchester

Brett Winchester

Owner of Winchester Spine and Sport, past team chiropractor for the St. Louis Cardinals, global teacher and lecturer

Scott Hopson

Scott Hopson

Internationally recognized leader in human performance, coaching and education, as well as co-founder of Pivotal and PTA Global

Travis Jewett

Travis Jewett

Strength coach and chiropractor who teaches seminars and workshops around the world in strength training and human performance

Hayley Hollander

Hayley Hollander

Fitness Director for Midtown Athletic Club Chicago, co-founder of Advanced Training Performance, faculty member for PTA Global, international presenter, and author

Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin

Co-owner and CEO of The Brand X Method™

Mikki Martin

Mikki Martin

Co-owner and CEO of The Brand X Method™

Listen to Dan John and his thoughts on Parker's Strength and Human Performance Degree.

Check out what Dan John has to say about Parker's Strength and Human Performance Degree.

General Program Information

The Master of Science degree in Strength and Human Performance provides a comprehensive study of evidenced-based research in physiology, biomechanics, and human metabolism to enhance health, function, and physical performance. This program prepares graduates for advanced graduate work in research and for professionals in a health-related field to strengthen their knowledge and application of exercise science. The courses are designed to facilitate certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Students may choose to enroll in the MS in Strength and Human Performance with the Internship concentration. The Internship experience simulates real-world job responsibilities in a related field. Internships require students to work full-time with assigned work schedules. Interns will perform hands-on application as relevant to the field. The Internship requires 300 hours of work-related experience and course assignments to be completed during the final semester

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