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.APPLY TODAY
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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.
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.
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)
The Master of Science degree in Strength and Human Performance is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
The graduating student will be able to:
- Conduct scholarly research on current health related topics
- Written and verbal communication skills
- The prescription of specialized training in areas related to cardiac rehabilitation, sports injuries and rehabilitation, and other allied health professions
- The development of fitness programs that are goal-oriented to meet the needs of various populations
Length of Program
The degree program may be completed in 5 terms for the 30-hour program. Students that choose the Internship Concentration, the degree program may be completed in 6 terms for the 36-hour program.
Mode of Instruction
The Master of Science degree in Strength and Human Performance is offered through distance education.
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Submission of a completed Graduate School Application
- Submission of an unofficial transcript or a foreign evaluation showing successful completion of a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the US.
- Submit two letters of recommendation within the first semester of enrollment
- Submit a resume indicating education and complete work history
- GRE: Not required
- Must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university
- Must have a minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. The GPA is calculated on the student’s last 60 credits of undergraduate upper division hours.
At the discretion of the Dean or Provost’s Office, a candidate demonstrating academic potential may be admitted. The student must maintain a “B” or above for the first term of enrollment.
Failure to provide all admissions documentation, test scores or to achieve the grade point average required by the end of the first semester may lead to suspension or dismissal from the University. All graduate students are required to complete foundational courses for the appropriate program through undergraduate or equivalent course work. Students who have not completed relevant undergraduate courses will be required to take equivalent courses upon acceptance to the program. Pre-requisite courses must be completed with a “C” grade or higher.
Students without a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, or related field, will be required to complete pre-requisite requirements before starting the Master of Science in Strength and Human Performance.
- Exercise Physiology + Lab
- Biomechanics + Lab
- Exercise Prescription and Application + Lab
Degree and Graduation 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.
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.
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