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The Strength and Conditioning concentration is designed to prepare students to work with athletes as strength and conditioning coaches in a variety of settings, from youth sports to sports performance centers. With foundational coursework in applied research, performance enhancement, injury prevention, assessment, program design, and sports nutrition, students will be prepared to deliver evidence-based programming to enhance athletic performance and reduce injury. Graduates of this concentration will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam offered through the NSCA.

St. Francis College is ranked at the top of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings in several categories:

                  • #12 in Best Value Schools
                  • #11 in Best Colleges for Veterans
                  • #4 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
                  • #15 in Regional Colleges North

St. Francis College is ranked at the top of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings in several categories:

#12 in Best Value Schools

#11 in Best Colleges for Veterans

#4 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

#15 in Regional Colleges North

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Financial aid available to those who qualify

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Program Overview

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
EXM- 6010 Applied Research in Exercise and Sports Science 3
EXM-6020 Exercise and Sport Nutrition 3
EXM-6210 Sports Injury Prevention 3
EXM-6220 Program Design in Strength and Conditioning 3
EXM-6230 Functional Movement Assessment 3
EXM-6120 Principles of Strength and Conditioning 3
EXM-6250 Special Topics in Advanced Strength and Conditioning 3
EXM-6990 Practicum 3
EXM-6030 Leadership: Theory and Practice 3
EXM-6998 Capstone 6
  • $500 per credit hour
  • Military: $450 per credit hour
  • 33 credit hours
  • Transfer up to 6 credit hours

Next Start Date: November 1, 2021

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree required. A GPA of 2.5 is required. Students entering the program will be required to have completed a Biology course in the undergraduate curriculum. If not, students will have to complete a Biology course (Intro to Anatomy and Physiology) as part of the entry requirements.

Transfer Students
Transfer students seeking a master’s degree must present an official transcript of all previous course work.

There are a variety of careers available for those who achieve their MS in Exercise & Movement Science Strength and Conditioning concentration. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for coaches and scouts are expected to grow 12% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for other industries.

Within the exercise science field, graduates can pursue careers as:

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sports Performance Specialist
  • Athletic Performance Coach

While some may require extra certification or experience, a Masters of Science in Exercise & Movement Science will put you on the right track to meeting your goals.

Tuition Discount
Active duty military and veterans are eligible to receive a $50/credit-hour tuition discount, lowering their tuition to $450/credit hour.

Top College

St. Francis has been ranked #5 on US News World & Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans list. We are also proud members of the Yellow Ribbon program. Learn more about our military benefits here. 

EXM- 6010

Applied Research in Exercise and Sports Science

EXM-6020

Exercise and Sport Nutrition

EXM-6210

Group Dynamics in Exercise and Sport

EXM-6220

Program Design in Strength and Conditioning

EXM-6230

Functional Movement Assessment

EXM-6120

Principles of Strength and Conditioning

EXM-6250

Special Topics in Advanced Strength and Conditioning

EXM-6990

Practicum

EXM-6030

Leadership: Theory and Practice

EXM-6998

Capstone

  • $500 per credit hour
  • Military: $450 per credit hour
  • 33 credit hours
  • Transfer up to 6 credit hours

Next Start Date: November 1, 2021

Admissions Requirements
Bachelor’s degree required. A GPA of 2.5 is required. Students entering the program will be required to have completed a Biology course in the undergraduate curriculum. If not, students will have to complete a Biology course (Intro to Anatomy and Physiology) as part of the entry requirements.

Transfer Students
Transfer students seeking a master’s degree must present an official transcript of all previous course work.

There are a variety of careers available for those who achieve their MS in Exercise & Movement Science Strength and Conditioning concentration. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for coaches and scouts are expected to grow 12% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for other industries.

Within the exercise science field, graduates can pursue careers as:

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sports Performance Specialist
  • Athletic Performance Coach

While some may require extra certification or experience, a Masters of Science in Exercise & Movement Science will put you on the right track to meeting your goals.

Tuition Discount
Active duty military and veterans are eligible to receive a $50/credit-hour tuition discount, lowering their tuition to $450/credit hour.

Top College

St. Francis has been ranked #5 on US News World & Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans list. We are also proud members of the Yellow Ribbon program. Learn more about our military benefits here.

Meet Some of Your Instructors

John McNamara, PhD
John McNamara, PhDProfessor
Dr. John McNamara received his doctorate in kinesiology from Temple University in Philadelphia. He is a Level One Certified Olympic Weightlifting Coach and holds NSCA CSCS and CPT certifications. His areas of research include…

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Gerard Shaw, EdD
Gerard Shaw, EdDAssociate Professor
Professor Shaw’s background is in athletics and physical education. He earned both a doctorate in sport psychology and master’s degree in exercise physiology from Columbia University, Teacher’s…

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