The Master of Science in Sports and Health Sciences studies the physical, physiological, psychological, and functional adaptations of humans. This online master’s degree helps to develop your critical thinking skills and provides the scientific principles you’ll need to help varied populations optimize sports performance and reach athletic, fitness, and general health goals. Physical fitness and health and wellness employers seek experienced professionals with extensive knowledge of nutrition, fitness training, and changes in fitness technology to help individuals improve functionality and quality of life.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Apply qualitative and quantitative research practices to relevant issues and problems in sports and health sciences through the development and assessment of research proposals and concluding with the analysis and communication of data.
  • Dissect the relationships between psychological behaviors such as personality, motivation, stress, and aggression on sport performance.
  • Examine physical activities and lifestyle behaviors designed to promote positive health and quality of life.
  • Analyze sport movements and design movement-oriented exercise prescriptions.
  • Illustrate the potential for enhancement of muscle strength, muscular endurance, power, flexibility, and motor performance during anaerobic training.
  • Assemble protein, carbohydrate, and fat recommendations for athletes, and discern between dietary recommendations for disease prevention and recommendations for performance.
  • Evaluate best practices to measure selected parameters related to athletic performance, and explain how to administer field tests appropriately.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements21
Select one of the following concentrations:12
Elective Requirements0
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours36

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (21 semester hours)

SPHS511Critical Thinking in the Sports and Health Industries 13
SPHS505Sport Psychology3
SPHS501Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology3
SPHS500Statistics for Sports and Health Sciences3
SPHS502Motor Learning3
SPHS503Nutrition for Sports Performance (Prerequisite: SPHS502 - Motor Learning)3
SPHS504Advanced Methods of Strength and Conditioning (Prerequisite: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology)3
Total Semester Hours21
1

Required as the first course in this program.

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from a General Concentration, Exercise Science and Human Performance, or Health and Wellness Management Concentrations.

General Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

This general concentration allows you to select from all the concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study.

Select 4 courses from the following:12
Essentials of Human Performance and Exercise Science (Prerequisite: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology)
Advanced Biomechanics
Current Topics in Exercise Science and Human Performance (Prerequisites: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology and SPHS503 - Nutrition for Sports Performance)
Optimal Sports Performance (Prerequisite: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology)
Ethical and Leadership Principles of Health and Wellness Management (Prerequisite: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology)
Current Topics in Health and Wellness Management (Prerequisites: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology and SPHS503 - Nutrition for Sports Performance)
Program Design for Health and Wellness Management (Prerequisites: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology and SPHS503 - Nutrition for Sports Performance)
Health and Wellness Coaching and Behavior Change (Prerequisites: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology and SPHS503 - Nutrition for Sports Performance)
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Exercise Science and Human Performance (12 semester hours)

The Exercise Science and Human Performance concentration is a scientific study of the concepts and applications designed to appraise and enhance athletic performance for researchers and practitioners. Students will develop skills to effectively assess and evaluate exercise and human performance through test administration and program design. Course content focuses on factors influencing health and performance; including adaptations to exercise, biomechanics, nutrition, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, exercise prescription, and psychological aspects of performance.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Design an individualized exercise prescription using results from fitness and exercise testing and evaluation.
  • Analyze the functional anatomy of the lower and upper extremities during exercise and human performance.
  • Synthesize sports nutrition and supplementation findings into recommendations for professional practice.
  • Assess concepts associated with functional movements as they pertain to integrated training.
  • Generate mental training strategies to improve an athlete’s performance.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

SPHS506Essentials of Human Performance and Exercise Science (Prerequisite: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology)3
SPHS507Advanced Biomechanics3
SPHS508Current Topics in Exercise Science and Human Performance (Prerequisites: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology and SPHS503 - Nutrition for Sports Performance)3
SPHS509Optimal Sports Performance (Prerequisite: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology)3
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Health and Wellness Management (12 semester hours)

The Health and Wellness Management concentration prepares students to design and implement wellness programs for the workplace. Students will develop skills to effectively design and manage health and wellness programs for individual clients and corporate settings. Course content focuses on topics crucial to effective fitness leadership and quality management in health and wellness occupations and prepares researchers and practitioners for leadership roles in higher education, public schools, healthcare settings, personal training, and other careers in the fitness, wellness, and healthcare industry.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Implement programs for exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle change in designing health and wellness programs for clients in private, community, and corporate settings.
  • Construct an ethical and leadership philosophy for managing a corporate wellness facility and program.
  • Evaluate the role of healthier fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle habits have on disease prevention, general health, and overall well-being.
  • Hypothesize solutions to current challenges facing the fitness, wellness, and healthcare industries.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

SPHS510Ethical and Leadership Principles of Health and Wellness Management (Prerequisite: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology)3
SPHS520Current Topics in Health and Wellness Management (Prerequisites: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology and SPHS503 - Nutrition for Sports Performance)3
SPHS530Program Design for Health and Wellness Management (Prerequisites: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology and SPHS503 - Nutrition for Sports Performance)3
SPHS540Health and Wellness Coaching and Behavior Change (Prerequisites: SPHS501 - Advanced Exercise and Sport Physiology and SPHS503 - Nutrition for Sports Performance)3
Total Semester Hours12

Elective Requirements (0 semester hours)

There are no electives for this program.

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

SPHS697Sports and Health Sciences Capstone 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Taken once all other requirements have been met.