2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

ESS: Human Performance - Strength and Conditioning Emphasis - Master of Science


Prerequisite courses (or equivalent) and requirements for admission:

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores required
ESS 205Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science I3
ESS 206Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science II3
ESS 302Physiology of Exercise3
ESS 303Biomechanics2-3
ESS 368Strength Training Techniques and Programs 13

Or undergraduate internship in related area. Two letters of recommendation, Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) preferred.


32 credits


  • Thesis option  

ESS 730Research Methods for Exercise and Sport Science3
ESS 735Statistics for Exercise and Sport Science3
ESS 799Research: Master's Thesis6
Total Credits12
  • Non-thesis option 

ESS 730Research Methods for Exercise and Sport Science3
ESS 735Statistics for Exercise and Sport Science3
Total Credits6


ESS 747Advanced Principles of Athletic Performance Enhancement3
ESS 748Sports Performance Practicum3
ESS 750Mechanics and Analysis of Movement3
ESS 767Applied Physiology of Endurance Performance3
ESS 768The Psychomotor Basis of Skill Performance3
ESS 769Application of Muscle Physiology to Strength/Power Training3
ESS 789Internship: Human Performance3
Total Credits21


Other courses may be selected with consent of program director.

Thesis Option: 0 credits required
Non-Thesis Option: 5 credits minimum
ESS 545Facility Management in Sport3
ESS 560Exercise Science Clinical Forum (6 max)1-3
ESS 702Sport Administration3
ESS 738Financial Management for Sport Programs3
ESS 739Sport Law3
ESS 749Psychological Aspects of Sports3
ESS 754Sport Marketing3
ESS 760Issues in Sport Management3
ESS 766Sport and Society3
ESS 795Independent Study1-3

Graduate degree requirements

After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:

  1. Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
  2. Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
  3. Earn a minimum of 30 credits for a master's degree; 54 credits for a doctorate or post-master's degree. Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (700, 800, 900, and non-slash 600 level courses).
  4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  5. Satisfy dissertation, thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects and internships, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A dissertation or thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the dissertation/thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/dissertation/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
  7. Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
  8. Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
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