Master of Science in Exercise Science Program

Take your sports exercise science career to the next level.

Maybe you’re a personal trainer looking to become a fitness director, or you’re a high school coach wanting to expand your career options. Perhaps you’re looking to own a gym, or even dream about coaching college sports.

With expert faculty, coursework rooted in science, and a long-standing reputation as a leader in the sports industry, the United States Sports Academy makes those goals possible. The Academy’s Master of Science in Exercise Science program will arm you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities you need to boost your career — and you’ll earn a graduate degree diverse enough that you can enter almost any sector of the $400 billion sports industry.

Employment growth rate

39%

It is projected that fitness instructors will increase 39% by 2030 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Alumni Successes

Average head coach salary

$81,732

According to salary.com, the average salary for a head coach is $81,732 throughout the country.

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Earn your exercise science master’s degree at a top sports university.

Enrolling at the United States Sports Academy means learning exercise science at an institution recognized for its sports industry expertise and alumni success. In the Academy’s Master of Science in Sports Exercise Science program, you’ll join a diverse network of professionals who share your passion for sports and exercise science. And, you’ll learn practical and scientific concepts to prepare you for your next career move.

Here’s even more of what sets USSA’s exercise science master’s degree program apart:

  • 100% online format. Complete your exercise science master’s degree anywhere and on your own time. Regardless of where you join us from, you’ll get meaningful opportunities to engage with your instructor and classmates in small classes.
  • Sport industry experts. Learn from reputable faculty the highest degrees in their field — over 70% of our courses are taught by department chairs who hold doctoral degrees.
  • Top quality standards. Earn a respected Master of Science in Exercise Science degree aligned with the standards of organizations like the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • Three paths to degree. The Academy offers internship, thesis, or non-thesis program options. Choose the path that’s best for you as you work toward your exercise science master’s degree.

FastTrack option. Complete our Master of Science in Exercise Science program in as little as 15 months. This time to degree is under half the time of the Academy’s traditional exercise science master’s program.

Tee up for top exercise science careers.

An exercise science master’s degree will help prepare you for a successful career in the sports, health, and fitness fields. After completing your Master of Science Exercise Science degree at the United States Sports Academy, you may qualify for jobs in sports and exercise science such as these:

  • Fitness instructor
  • Head coach
  • Kinesiologist
  • College coach

Learn what makes the United States Sports Academy’s M.S.S. in Exercise Science one of the top exercise science master’s programs in the country — and the gold standard in the sports industry in the video on this page.

This segment first aired on the “Studio 10” program on WALA Fox 10 in Mobile, Ala. December 2021.

Learn the latest concepts in exercise science.

In the United States Sports Academy’s Master of Science in Exercise Science program, you’ll learn both the science and skills for success in the exercise, sports, and health fields. Our graduate-level curriculum brings together established science and contemporary topics to ensure your master’s degree is as relevant as it is practical. That’s part of what makes the Academy’s M.S.S. in Exercise Science one of the top exercise science master’s programs in the United States.

In the exercise science master’s degree program at USSA, you’ll also take electives in topics such as psychology and management. View our course catalog for more exercise science master’s degree program courses.

Course Curriculum

Core Courses – 9 semester hours

  • Contemporary Issues in Sports
  • Sports Administration for Coaches
  • Sports Marketing

Major Courses – 12 semester hours

  • Issues in Nutrition & Health
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Strength & Conditioning
  • Exercise Testing & Prescription

Internship – 9 semester hours

  • Internship – 450 Contact Hours

Electives – 3 semester hours

  • Seminar in Sports Medicine
  • Psychological Aspects of Health and Fitness Programming
  • Management Strategies in Health and Fitness

Emphasis Options

  • Recreation Management
  • Sports Psychology
  • Personal Training
  • NCAA Compliance
  • Sports Hospitality Management
  • Esports Management
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Enroll in an affordable exercise science master’s program.

We want to make sure earning your exercise science master’s degree is a step forward in your career. That’s why the Academy offers opportunities for financial assistance and no out-of-state tuition for the Master of Science in Sports Exercise Science program. Whether you’re entering our master’s in exercise science program straight from undergraduate studies or returning while you work, we’re here to help you take the next step in your career — and feel secure in doing it.

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