Earn Your Masters in Applied Exercise Science Online

Complete in one year

Do you want to take your strength and conditioning career to the next level? Whether you’re looking to advance your career as a coach, fitness instructor, exercise physiologist or clinician, Ashland University’s nationally recognized Applied Exercise Science Master’s degree program is designed to equip you with essential strength and conditioning skills. Graduate in as few as three semesters.

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Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science

Move Your Career Forward

As a strength and conditioning enthusiast, you know the importance of optimizing physical health at a community-level. You want to see individuals and teams make gains and reach goals as it relates to their physical abilities. It might seem daunting to spend the time and money to complete a Master’s degree, but promoting physical activity has never been more important to our collective future.

Our Applied Exercise Science program was designed by strength and conditioning experts with a bent toward practical, research-driven curriculum backed by results-oriented practices. We understand the time-constraints on working adults, so we’ve designed this program to be completed in as few as three semesters.

About the program

Ashland University’s Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science program is a 33 credit hour degree program. This includes a 3 to 6 credit hour custom-designed capstone course you will have the option to fulfill with a thesis, practicum or your choice of internship. This fully online program provides you with the flexibility to fit your busy schedule.

Your online course work will include:

  • Flexible and asynchronous 7-week courses
  • The option to complete a personalized internship in your chosen field
  • Scientific courses on Strength and Conditioning, Exercise, Nutrition, Sports, Physiology, metabolic equations and more
  • Learning proper lifting techniques through in-person demonstrations

Once you’ve completed this degree program, you’ll be prepared to attain a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or Exercise Physiologist certification.

Nationally Recognized Master’s Degree Program in Sports Medicine

Top-Rated Master’s Program

Ashland University’s Master’s Program in Applied Exercise Science has been rated as one of the best master’s programs in sports medicine or exercise science by TheBestSchools.org in 2019. 

ERP Certified

This program meets the national strength and conditioning requirements to be an ERP program and is the only online program with an ERP certification in the country.

Benefits of the Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science program

Benefits of the Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science program

What to Expect from the Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science Program

After completing the necessary course work, you’ll be prepared to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam. You’ll have the specialized skills and respected qualifications to advance in your career knowing you have what it takes to succeed in your role.

When you’ve finished this advanced degree program, you’ll understand the science and techniques behind effective strength and conditioning and learn how to properly instruct lifting techniques to produce optimal results. Armed with broad knowledge of strength and conditioning practices, you’ll be equipped to advance in a variety of career paths while learning essential leadership skills that set you apart.

About Ashland University

Founded in 1878, Ashland University continues to have a rich tradition as a private, comprehensive institution preparing students for exciting, impactful professions and careers. Your success is our goal, not just while you are a student but for the rest of your life as a member of the Eagle family.

We place a great emphasis on the importance of each member of our community. The phrase “Accent on the Individual ” has been our motto for many years and characterizes well the nature and content of both the online and campus environment.

We promise to teach you how to think, not what to think. We promise to work with you to create an individualized plan for your future, and we promise you an affordable education. We promise you will be guided by mentors invested in you as an individual. They will, within a diverse community of respect, design personalized transformative experiences to develop you as a person who works, serves and leads with integrity. And we promise you a lifelong commitment as we continue to help you discern your life calling and make a positive impact on your family, community and the world at large.

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