Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science

Sports Performance Training

Improve athletic performance and prepare for NASM’s Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) exam with an MS in Applied Exercise Science, Sports Performance Training concentration, at Concordia-Chicago.

Become an Expert in Health & Fitness

Learn how our 100% online programs can help you get ahead in the exercise science field.

Application Deadline: June 23, 2023
Classes Start: June 28, 2023

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No Pre-reqs

Sports Performance Training Program Details

Our 100% online MS in Applied Exercise Science, Sports Performance Training concentration, is designed for working adults, with asynchronous classes so you can learn anytime, anywhere. We keep class sizes small, so you can connect with your classmates and professors. Dual concentrations are also available.

Why Pursue a Sports Performance Training Degree?

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 concentration prepares individuals for the Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) exam.

According to the NASM website, “top teams in the NFL and NBA have now begun requiring the NASM–PES credential.” Accelerate your career with a Sports Performance Training Degree.

Institutional Accreditation

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

Industry Certification

This program prepares individuals for the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) exam.

Sports Performance Career Outlook

Graduates of our master’s degree 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 such as:

  • Performance Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Sports Performance Specialist
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Start Date

June 28, 2023

Deadline to Apply

June 23, 2023

Cost Per Credit



Core Courses 18 Credit Hours

AES 6020 Kinesiology I or AES 6040 Biomechanics I
AES 6030 Kinesiology II or AES 6045 Biomechanics II
AES 6050 Research Design and Methods in Exercise Science
AES 6200 Applied Exercise Physiology or AES 6250 Advanced Exercise Physiology
AES 6300 Exercise and Sport Nutrition
AES 6990 Capstone Experience

Concentration Courses 12 Credit Hours

AES 6600 Principles of Sports Performance Training
AES 6620 Program Design in Sports Performance Training
AES 6640 Practicum: Sports Performance Training
AES 6660 Special Topics Seminar in Sports Performance Training

Admission Requirements

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