Strength and conditioning and similar graduate degrees focus on improving people's physical strength and skill levels. Prospective students can learn about the training involved in earning master's degrees in this field.
All of these private, not-for-profit schools offer graduate tuition rates under $31,000.
|Institution||Location||Average Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|
|Springfield College||Springfield, MA||$30,725|
|Merrimack College||North Andover, MA||$28,440|
|Northeastern University||Boston, MA||$23,688|
Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
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Massachusetts Strength and Conditioning Graduate Programs
Springfield College has a 36-credit Master of Science with a concentration in strength and conditioning. Graduates of the program will go on to work with college-level or professional athletes. Students will take coursework under the umbrella of the exercise science and sport studies department. Courses include exercise for select groups, sports nutrition, and strength and conditioning applications. It should be noted that students who earn a C+ or lower in three graduate courses will have to leave the program.
Potential students will need a bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 GPA; however, those with a 2.0 GPA may be accepted on a probationary basis. They will also need undergraduate prerequisite coursework in areas such as exercise physiology, statistics, and first aid and CPR. Students have to submit an application and official transcripts as part of the admissions process.
Students can complete a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science at Merrimack College. It is a 32-credit degree that is offered as a 9-, 12-, or 18-month program. Graduates of the program can go on to work as a strength and conditioning coach for sports teams. Required coursework includes advanced strength and conditioning, how to prevent chronic illnesses, and physical activity and various exercise methods.
Although not required, it is preferred that applicants have a bachelor's degree in fields like human performance, exercise science, or health education. Those with a bachelor's degree in other scientific fields or unrelated ones will need to complete coursework in anatomy and physiology. Applicants will need to provide the following:
- Online application
- Official transcripts
- Personal statement
- Optional standardized test scores
Northeastern University offers a Master of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in physical activity and public health. Students can choose a public health, research, or practice-based track for this degree. They will take courses such as physical activity and exercise, health education and creating programs, and advanced exercise physiology. Students enrolled in the program may be able to participate in a co-op, a paid position lasting for three to six months.
Candidates will need to submit an online application, which includes a non-refundable fee of $75. The fee will be waived in the following situations:
- Northeastern alumni
- Candidates affiliated with the Ronald E. McNair post-bachelor's achievement program
- Candidates who are active AmeriCorps program members
- Candidates affiliated with the Graduate Education for Minorities program
Application materials include transcripts, one to three letters of recommendation, a personal statement describing interest in the program, a resume, and official GRE test scores.
Master's degrees in strength and conditioning or related disciplines require a bachelor's degree. Two of the programs require students to complete prerequisite classes in areas such as exercise physiology or anatomy.