Students enrolled in our online masters of exercise science graduate program may choose from four concentrations, or they may pursue multiple concentrations concurrently and still complete the program in as little as a year and a half. Concentration options for this degree are listed below.
The Fitness and Health Promotion concentration was designed to meet the needs of individuals who are currently working in, or hoping to enter into a career in the health and fitness industry. This strand prepares individuals for the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) credential, which can lead to a job in a rapidly expanding field. According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, employment opportunities are expected to increase by 24% through 2020, and the field is expected to add more than 60,000 jobs over that time.
With injuries becoming increasingly more common, injury prevention is a critical part of working with any athletes. The Human Movement Science concentration will give students the knowledge to develop injury prevention programs and teach students how to help athletes improve functional capacity and correct faulty movement patterns. Students pursuing this online masters of exercise science concentration will be prepared to pursue the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) credential.
The Sports Nutrition degree concentration is designed for individuals who aspire to provide sound sports nutrition information to athletes and physically active individuals. The program focuses on using evidence-based principles in designing and implementing exercise and nutrition programs and interpreting research in the field of exercise and sport nutrition. This strand of our online masters in exercise science program prepares individuals for Certified Sports Nutrition (CISSN) exam from the International Society of Sports Nutrition. The BLS estimates that the job outlook for dietitians and nutritionists will be rosy, increasing by 20%. Additionally, those who take the exam can open doors in personal training and the food, beverage, and supplement industry.
The Sports Performance and Training concentration was designed for coaches, athletic trainers and other sports professionals who work with all levels of athletes from high school players up through Olympic competitors. This strand prepares individuals for the Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) exam. According to the NASM Web site, “top teams in the NFL and NBA have now begun requiring the NASM–PES credential.”