MS APPLIED EXERCISE SCIENCE: Dual concentrations

Program Information

Next Start Date: 08/26/2019
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Application Deadline: Rolling

Tuition

Cost Per Credit Hour: $460
Technology Fee: $15 (per Credit hour)
Books & Materials: $800 (approx.)
Estimated Tuition & Fees: click here to learn about costs

Why Dual Concentration in Applied Exercise Science from Concordia University-Chicago?

Our Master’s of Applied Exercise Science program allows students to select more than one concentration to gain additional expertise for individuals who are currently working in, or hoping to enter into a career in the health and fitness industry. Many students want to prepare to pursue opportunities in more than one area or certification in related disciplines.  For example, some students choose to combine the Strength and Conditioning Concentration with Sports Nutrition, while others combine Fitness & Health Promotion with Sports Performance Training.  As a student in Concordia University Chicago’s Master’s of Applied Exercise Science program, you may elect to combine any of the programs into a dual-concentration that fits your unique goals.  To accomplish a dual degree, students will  complete an additional 12-credit hours of concentration-specific course work for each additional program.


Dual Degree options include:

  • Fitness & Health Promotion with Human Movement Science
  • Sports Performance Training with Human Movement Science
  • Sports Performance Training with Strength & Conditioning
  • Sports Nutrition with Human Movement Science
  • Strength & Conditioning with Fitness & Health Promotion
  • Fitness & Health Promotion with Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Performance Training with Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Performance Training with Fitness & Health Promotion
  • Sports Nutrition with Strength & Conditioning
  • Strength & Conditioning with Human Movement Science

Tuition Guarantee

Your tuition is guaranteed to not increase while you study*

Small Class Sizes

Get to know your peers & professor with only 18 students per class

Classes start every 8 weeks

You can get started as soon as you would like. You don’t have to wait

Additional Program Information

  • 100% online
  • Asynchronous (you don’t have to log-on at a certain time)
  • 1-year tract or traditional tract available
    • 1-year is 2 classes per term allowing you to finish in 1-year
    • Traditional is 1 class per term allowing you to finish in 20 months
  • Dual concentrations are available
    • Adding a concentration will add an additional 12 credit hours (4 classes) to your program

Required Core Courses 18 Credit Hours

Course Number Course Credits
AES 6020
Kinesiology I
Students will explore upper extremity musculoskeletal anatomy with emphasis on systems that enable the human body to maintain proper stabilization and produce efficient movements. Students will develop human movement analysis techniques through assessment and evaluation of biomechanical movement patterns.
3
AES 6030
Kinesiology II
Students will explore trunk and lower extremity musculoskeletal anatomy with emphasis on systems that enable the human body to maintain proper stabilization and produce efficient movements. Students will develop human movement analysis techniques through assessment and evaluation of biomechanical movement patterns.
3
AES 6050
Research Design and Methods in Exercise Science
Selected research techniques and designs utilized in exercise science research with emphasis on general statistics, interpretation of data, research ethics, scientific writing and library use.
3
AES 6200
Applied Exercise Physiology
Effects of exercise on the major systems of the human body, including cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular, glandular and digestive; with emphasis on optimizing human performance.
3
AES 6300
Exercise and Sport Nutrition
Explores the relationships between nutrition, energy metabolism, and exercise and sport performance, with an in-depth analysis of dietary and nutritional supplementation.
3
AES 6990
Capstone Experience
Culminating experience in the Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science degree. Experiences may include, but is not limited to, independent research that leads to an actual product such as a publishable journal article, professional field experience, conference presentation, advanced certifications, program or facility development, web site, on-line course materials, curriculum development.
3

Fitness & Health Promotion Concentration  12 Credit Hours*
*Students may take dual concentrations. A dual concentration would add an additional 12 credit hours (4 classes) onto your program

Course Number Course Credits
AES 6400
Principals of Fitness and Health Promotion
Examines a systematic approach to personal training using the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. The course provides an overview of evidence-based principles of fitness assessment, program design, balance, flexibility, strength, stabilization, and power. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
3
AES 6420
Program Design in Fitness and Health Promotion
Explores program design principles for fitness and health promotion, with an emphasis on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model.
3
AES 6440
Practicum: Fitness and Health Promotion
Planning and implementation of a fitness or health promotion program through a case study with a member of their community.
3
AES 6460
Business Development and Entrepreneurship in Fitness and Health
Interfaces between human resource management, operations, marketing, and entrepreneurship within the context of entrepreneurial, for-profit and nonprofit fitness and health promotion ventures.
3

Human Movement Science Concentration  12 Credit Hours*
*Students may take dual concentrations. A dual concentration would add an additional 12 credit hours (4 classes) onto your program

Course Number Course Credits
AES 6500
Principles of Human Movement Science
Examines a systematic approach for identifying neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions and the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Corrective Exercise Continuum. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Prerequisite: AES-6010 Functional Anatomy or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6520
Program Design in Corrective Exercise Training
Explores program design principles for corrective exercise training, with an emphasis on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Corrective Exercise Continuum. Prerequisite: AES-6500 Principles of Human Movement Science or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6540
Practicum: Human Movement Science
Provides practical experience in planning and implementing a corrective exercise program through a case study with a member of their community. Prerequisite: AES-6520 Program Design in Corrective Exercise Training or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6560
Special Topics: Seminar in Movement Science
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in human movement science. Prerequisite: AES-6540 Practicum: Human Movement Science or permission of instructor.
3

Sports Nutrition Concentration  12 Credit Hours*
*Students may take dual concentrations. A dual concentration would add an additional 12 credit hours (4 classes) onto your program

Course Number Course Credits
AES 6320
Vitamins and Minerals
Examination of the role and function of vitamins and minerals from physiological and clinical perspectives.
3
AES 6340
Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Management
Examines nutrition and exercise strategies for weight management with an emphasis on metabolic, physiological and psychological factors.
3
AES 6360
Practicum: Sports Nutrition
This course examines the planning and implementation of a sports nutrition program. Students are required to complete a nutrition assessment and planning case study on a member of their community.
3
AES 6380
Special Topics Seminar in Sports Nutrition
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in sports nutrition.
3

Sports Performance Training  12 Credit Hours*
*Students may take dual concentrations. A dual concentration would add an additional 12 credit hours (4 classes) onto your program

Course Number Course Credits
AES 6600
Principles of Sports Performance Training
Examines a systematic approach to integrated performance training using the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
3
AES 6620
Program Design in Sports Performance Training
Explores program design principles for integrated sports performance training, with an emphasis on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. Prerequisite: AES-6600 Principles of Sports Performance Training or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6640
Practicum: Sports Performance Training
Planning and implementation of an integrated sports performance training program through a case study with a member of their community. Prerequisite: AES-6620 Program Design in Sports Performance Training or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6660
Special Topics Seminar in Sports Performance Training
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in sports performance training.
3

Strength & Conditioning Concentration  12 Credit Hours*
*Students may take dual concentrations. A dual concentration would add an additional 12 credit hours (4 classes) onto your program

Course Number Course Credits
AES 6810
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
Explore the foundations of strength and conditioning as established by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Design and critique strength and conditioning programs based on NSCA guidelines. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA.
3
AES 6820
Advanced Strength and Conditioning Theory
Explore the principles of resistance training and periodization. Develop periodized programs based on foundational and current literature. Critique and justify programming selections.
3
AES 6840
Practicum in Strength and Conditioning Theory
Development and implementation of a strength and conditioning program through a case study with a member of the community. Justify your programming selection and assess program success.
3
AES 6860
Seminar in Strength and Conditioning
In depth exploration and analysis of advanced topics in strength and conditioning. Evaluation of current industry trends and practices. Creation of personal strength and conditioning philosophy.
3

The faculty at Concordia University can be found hard at work in the fields they teach-specialties in kinesiology and sports studies. At Concordia, we realize that a top-flight education in only possible with best-in-class instructors with real-world experience. We recruit passionate professionals from around the globe who are committed to helping you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Our faculty are experienced and distinguished, combining years of hands-on clinic experience with extensive academic knowledge and teaching experience. Many of our faculty have the highest credential available in the field in which they teach. They demonstrate the highest degree of professional skills, and find unique ways to convey that knowledge in our remote online curriculum.

Our tuition is reasonable and will not change while you are enrolled in our program.

Concordia University Chicago is committed to providing students with a high-quality education at a reasonable cost. And for graduates, the benefits of obtaining a Master of Science degree can be very valuable. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, the median of earnings for adults ages 25-34 working full-time, year-round, with a master’s degree or higher was $59,200, compared to just $44,970 for individuals with a bachelor’s degree.

MS APPLIED SCIENCE COST
Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $460
Technology Fee (Per Credit Hour) $15
Books (Approximate) $800
Total $15,050

A variety of career paths is attainable with a Masters degree in Sports Leadership

A Masters degree in Applied Exercise Science from Concordia University Chicago can open many doors in numerous fields.
Our exercise science degree programs are 100% online, allowing students to achieve real-life success in their chosen profession, while advancing their careers.

Graduates in our graduate degree in exercise science go on to serve in a variety of capacities in fitness, wellness, sports management and leadership careers. Our students emerge from our programs in as little as 18 months with:

  • Increased earning potential
  • Job security
  • Job opportunities
  • Increased job satisfaction

Explore the following career opportunities. Talk with your student advisor for additional information on which degree program is right for you. Many of our students pursue careers in exercise science fields such as these areas:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Biomechanist
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Dietitian
  • Dietetic Assistant
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Health Coach
  • A conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent non-U.S. degree.
  • To be considered for Full Admission at Concordia University, candidates in the MS Applied Exercise Science program will present a cumulative grade point average above 2.85 or will have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • To be considered for Provisional Admission to the program, candidates will present credentials that generally satisfy full admission requirements, but need to satisfy additional admission requirements such as special program prerequisites.
  • Note: All admission requirements must be satisfied by the end of the candidate’s first enrolled semester in the program. Provisional Admission is only available to US residents and citizens.
  • For students to be considered for Probationary Admission, one or more of the following special conditions may exist: 1) a cumulative GPA between 2.25 and 2.84 (on a 4.0 scale); 2) holding a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA below 3.0; and/or 3) credentials/documents that raise cause for reservation for admission. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a 3.0 GPA in graduate course work within their first semester of enrollment to continue in the program.

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • I love the curriculum and the ability to take one course at a time, along with the flexible payments that works with my salary. This degree will prepare me to work with other professors or medical doctors in the Exercise Science field to explore further research.

    Nicholas Mortensen PhD Health and Human Performance
  • I wanted to get a PhD to pursue a tenured-track position and perform research. The online courses have been highly engaging and have provided an outstanding learning experience preparing me to contribute as a scholar in my field of study.

    Jason Menoutis PhD Health and Human Performance
  • My favorite class was research methods and design. The instructor’s feedback was extremely helpful and what I learned in this class will be applicable throughout the rest of my career. I also enjoyed my sports nutrition course because it was challenging and put me out of my comfort zone.

    Cynthia Miranda MS Applied Exercise Science - Human Movement Science
  • The online format allows for me to continue expanding my business and professional goals while still pursuing a Master’s degree. I was initially worried as I had not previously had much experience with online coursework, but the format allows for structured, discussion based learning amongst peers.

    Ryan Richmond MS Applied Exercise Science - Sports Nutrition