Strength and conditioning graduate program

Graduate Programs

Strength and Conditioning

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Master of Science

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls offers a master of science degree in Strength and Conditioning to prepare individuals to train athletes at every level of sports including collegiate and professional. Graduates will be qualified for advanced career opportunities within professional sport teams, NCAA collegiate programs, high school level sport programs, community based sport initiatives, private sport performance centers, sport performance research institutions, sports medicine clinics and private health agencies.

Who Should Enroll

  • Individuals seeking employment working with athletes of any level including professional;::
  • Individuals who enjoy training, lifting weights and conditioning who want better opportunities in the sports performance fields;
  • Baccalaureate graduates who want to continue their education through obtaining a graduate degree; or
  • Professionals currently working in the field of exercise and sports science who want to obtain a professional certification in strength and conditioning or a master’s degree

Key Features

  • All coursework is performed in the brand new, state of the art Falcon Center
  • Our faculty have real world experience training world class athletes
  • All of our courses are offered live and in person
  • All of our courses emphasize learning by doing, with several hands-on components   
  • Students will have opportunities both to volunteer and earn credits through curated internships working with athletes
  • Students will make contacts with other industry professionals through curated internships and volunteer opportunities
  • Classes are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate working professionals
  • Students can enroll at anytime throughout the year (Fall, Spring or Summer)
  • Tuition rates can be found here. Pricing is the same regardless of residency
  • Full-time students can complete their degree within 12- 16 months, depending on options
  • No GRE requirement

Degree Requirements

Total credits to degree: 33

EXSS 701 Advanced Physiology of Exercise, 3 cr.
STAC 705 Sports Nutrition, 3 cr.
EXSS 715 Stats and Research Methods in HHP, 3 cr.
STAC 725 Muscle Physiology, 3 cr.
STAC 735 Sports Movement Analysis, 3 cr.
STAC 743 Functional Anatomy, 3 cr.
STAC 760 Sports Performance Program Design, 3 cr.
STAC 761 Advanced Strength, Speed and Power Design, 3 cr.
STAC 765 Organization and Administration of S&C Programs, 3 cr.

Curated Internship - 3-6 credits
Our faculty have developed a network of potential internship placements for our students, ranging from NCAA strength and conditioning positions to private training centers working with professional athletes. At the end of their degree plan, students will work with faculty to obtain an internship of their choice.

Thesis Credits - 3 credits (optional)
Students interested in academic research have the option of completing a thesis that will satisfy 3 credits of the M.S. program.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75
    • Or, a GPA of at least 2.75 in the last half of all undergraduate work
    • Or, a GPA of at least 3.00 of graduate study at another accredited graduate school
  • Completed application received with $56 processing fee (see Application Process)


For applicants with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science or equivalent:

  • A three-credit undergraduate or graduate statistics or tests and measurements course*
  • A three-credit undergraduate or graduate exercise physiology course*

*Students without these courses may be admitted provisionally and complete these courses within the program

For applicants without a bachelor’s degree in exercise science or equivalent, the following courses may be taken concurrently with their graduate courses:

  • Statistics or tests and measurements course
  • Physiology of exercise
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

Application Process

Applications are accepted continuously year round and are submitted online.  A complete application will include:

  • Official transcript(s) listing undergraduate and graduate degree(s) sent directly from the degreegranting institution to the Graduate Admissions Office
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Statement of interest (a one to three page essay describing career goals, reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, and how the student plans to use the degree)
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae


For More Information

Zack Rourk
Graduate Program Director
Health and Human Performance 
Call/Text: 218-259-5894

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