Master’s in Applied Exercise Science

Strength & Conditioning Concentration

Develop your strength and conditioning philosophy and prepare for the CSCS with the Strength and Conditioning concentration from Concordia University Chicago (CUC). Apply today!

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Application Deadline: August 21, 2024
Classes Start: August 26, 2024

Online Master’s Degree Program in Strength & Conditioning

Earn your Master’s in Strength and Conditioning from Concordia University Chicago. Use your advanced knowledge to elevate athletic performance.

Strength and Conditioning Master’s Concentration Details

Our MS in Applied Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning concentration, is designed for working adults. We keep class sizes small, so you can connect with your classmates and professors. Dual concentrations are also available.

Our strength and conditioning concentration program prepares graduates to serve others on their health and fitness journey.

Prepare to Advance Your Strength and Conditioning Credentials

The Strength and Conditioning concentration was designed for current practitioners, aspiring strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers and athletic performance coaches. Our comprehensive program exceeds the requirements for the standard National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification and will prepare students for advanced certifications.

Students will study advanced topics such as strength and conditioning theory as well as gain the skills and knowledge to develop a strength and conditioning philosophy of their own. Not only will students be prepared for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam, but they will also learn how to apply strength and conditioning principles, fine-tune their programming skills and be prepared for advanced certifications.

Our Master’s in Applied Exercise Science program is recognized by the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association. The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes and distinguishes schools with standardized, approved strength and conditioning or personal training curricula in undergraduate and graduate settings designed to prepare students for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification.

The CUC Advantage

A Culture of Integrity

Integrity lies at the heart of CUC’s ethos. Our faculty, staff and students are dedicated to living authentically, guided by their faith. Within our programs, students are empowered to demonstrate resilience and unwavering commitment to their academic pursuits.


CUC’s Strength & Conditioning Concentration is competitively priced and provides a high return on investment. Click here for more information on Tuition and Fees.

Esteemed Faculty

Exercise science courses are taught by experienced faculty with industry expertise. You can rest assured that you will be learning from the best.

Institutional Accreditation

Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Industry Certification

This program has earned programmatic accreditation through the Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education (CASCE) and prepares individuals for the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) exam.

Strength and Conditioning Career Outlook

Graduates of our master’s in exercise science go on to serve in a variety of capacities in fitness, wellness, sports management and leadership careers. Many of our students pursue careers in exercise science such as:

  • Athletic Performance Coach
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Sports Performance Specialist
  • Speed & Strength Coach

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As long as there are no interruptions in your course of study, we guarantee your tuition will remain the same and never increase while earning this degree. This guarantee ensures a stable and predictable investment in your education.

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No Pre-reqs

Admission Requirements

Free online application

Bachelor’s degree

2.85 minimum GPA

Objective statement

Letters of recommendation


Required Program Courses

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. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6020 or AES-6040, and AES-6030 or AES-6045, and AES-6050, or division chair consent.

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.

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.

Advanced study of energy metabolism and the primary physiological systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, neuromuscular) in the context of exercise and performance. Advanced topics related to mechanisms and adaptations relating to physiology during exercise. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6050.

Explores the relationships between nutrition, energy metabolism, and exercise and sport performance, with an in-depth analysis of dietary and nutritional supplementation. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6050, and AES-6200 or AES-6250.

This course will discuss the scientific principles of physical conditioning through resistance and cardiovascular training. The application of physiological principles to developing specific conditioning and training methods will be analyzed. There will be an emphasis on anatomy, metabolic energy systems, and specific physical adaptations to exercise.

This course is designed to develop the knowledge and practical skills necessary to design and implement strength and conditioning programs and is for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Identify and implement the dynamics and training principles of strength and power development based on appropriate research. Replaces: AES-6820. Prerequisite: B or higher in AES-6810.

Identify and introduce the field of sports psychology, its role in athlete performance, and major issues in sport today by assessing various psychology topics.

This field experience course will provide students the opportunity to demonstrate the professional and ethical standards of strength and conditioning (S&C).

This field experience course will provide students the opportunity to demonstrate the professional and ethical standards of strength and conditioning (S&C).

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Start Date

August 26, 2024

Deadline to Apply

August 21, 2024

Cost Per Credit


Frequently Asked Questions

A Master’s in Applied Exercise Science with a concentration Strength and Conditioning is a graduate-level program designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills in the field of exercise science, specifically focusing on strength training, conditioning and sports performance enhancement. This degree program combines theoretical knowledge with practical application in areas such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, sports psychology and injury prevention.

Graduates of our Master’s in Applied Exercise Science often pursue careers as strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, athletic performance specialists or exercise science researchers in various settings such as professional sports teams, collegiate athletics programs, fitness centers or rehabilitation clinics.

A master’s degree with a concentration in strength and conditioning opens up several career opportunities in the fields of sports performance, fitness and rehabilitation. Here are some potential career paths:

  1. Strength and Conditioning Coach: Work with athletes at all levels, from amateur to professional, to improve their physical performance through customized training programs focused on strength, power, speed, agility and conditioning.
  2. Athletic Performance Specialist: Provide specialized training and support to athletes in specific sports or activities, focusing on enhancing performance, reducing the risk of injury, and optimizing recovery.
  3. Personal Trainer: Work with individuals or small groups to develop personalized exercise programs aimed at achieving fitness goals such as weight loss, muscle gain or improved athletic performance.
  4. Fitness Center Manager: Oversee the operations of a fitness facility, including staff management, program development, member engagement and facility maintenance.
  5. Exercise Physiologist: Conduct fitness assessments, prescribe exercise programs, and provide lifestyle coaching to individuals with chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or obesity, to improve their overall health and quality of life.
  6. Sports Scientist: Conduct research and apply scientific principles to optimize athlete performance and enhance training methods, including data analysis, biomechanical assessments and physiological testing.
  7. Wellness Coordinator: Develop and implement workplace wellness programs aimed at improving employee health, reducing absenteeism and increasing productivity through exercise, nutrition and lifestyle interventions.

Rehabilitation Specialist: Work with individuals recovering from injuries or surgeries to restore mobility, strength and function through tailored exercise programs and rehabilitation techniques.

Yes, we offer financial assistance to students in our Applied Exercise Science MS program. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Established in 1864 as Addison Lutheran Teachers Seminary, Concordia University Chicago has evolved into a comprehensive institution with over 6,000 full-time students pursuing undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. The university is an integral part of the nationwide Concordia University System, which encompasses six colleges and universities.

Concordia-Chicago continues to prepare the next generation of leaders to live a life fulfilled by purpose and meaning. With Christ at the Center of all it does, the University inspires students through the Gospel, which lives and forms them as God’s calling takes root.

Concordia University Chicago offers students online higher education courses in various kinesiology and health sciences related fields. Graduate coursework is completed fully online for our programs and helps prepare students for successful careers.

Apply today to start pursuing your Master’s in Applied Exercise Science. Stand tall with Concordia University Chicago.

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