Why Study Strength and Conditioning?

Graduate | Exercise Science | CEPS

UWRF 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. You'll be qualified for advanced career opportunities within professional sports 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.

Beginning Spring 2023, the program will move to a fully hybrid format. Courses will be offered asynchronously each semester and students will be required to come to campus for in-person, hands-on training in the gym for a total of three weekends throughout the course of the program.

Who is this program designed for?

  • Individuals wanting to work with athletes of any level, including the professional level.
  • Individuals who enjoy training, lifting weights and conditioning and who want better opportunities in the sports performance fields.
  • Baccalaureate graduates who want to continue their education via a graduate degree.
  • 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.

Program Details

  • Flexible online schedule. Study on your own time and customize your schedule around work or other responsibilities! Beginning Spring 2023, the program will move to a fully hybrid format with asynchronous online classes and three in-person weekends at UWRF.
  • Weekend in-gym hands-on intensives will provide you with hands-on application of the theories you learn in class.
  • We will pay for your CSCS exam!
  • Our faculty have real world experience training world class athletes.
  • 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.
  • Students can enroll at any time throughout the year (Fall, Spring or Summer).
  • We're affordable! Our tuition rates are highly competitive and 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 selected.
  • No GRE requirement.

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.

​​​​​​To be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following 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 tab)

Prerequisites

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

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 degree-granting 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

Tuition rates are available here. Pricing is the same regardless of residency.

Strength and Conditioning

zachary.rourk@uwrf.edu // 218-259-5894

Your Degree:

Graduate

Area of Study:

Exercise Science

Two Strength and Conditioning Graduate students review a workout routine in the campus gym

Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Train athletes to perform at optimal levels.
  • Design and implement strength and conditioning programs for all levels of athletes. 
  • Understand the scientific method and key scientific fields as they relate to human physical activity.
  • Critically interpret and integrate the latest scientific literature and research into practice.

Types of Courses

  • Advanced Physiology of Exercise
  • Advanced Strength, Speed and Power Design
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Muscle Physiology
  • Organization and Administration of S&C Programs
  • Sports Movement Analysis
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Performance Program Design
  • Stats and Research Methods in HHP
Strength and Conditioning Graduate student lifts weights in the campus gym