Sports and Health Sciences

Master of Science

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.

Program Courses

This online master’s degree is affiliated with guidelines from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the curriculum is regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Exercise and sports psychology and physiology
  • Exercise science and human performance
  • Health and wellness management
  • Coaching, fitness, and physical rehabilitation
  • Nutrition for optimized athletic performance
  • Advanced methods of strength and conditioning
  • Sports and health sciences research methods
  • Statistics for sports and health sciences
  • Ethical and leadership principles
  • Qualitative, comparative, and quantitative research design and analysis

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • 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


Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.


Exercise Science and Human Performance

Delves into concepts and applications designed to appraise and enhance athletic performance for researchers and practitioners through test administration and program design. Focuses on factors influencing health and performance, including biomechanics, nutrition, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, exercise prescription, and psychological aspects of performance.

Sample Courses

  • SPHS506 - Essentials of Human Performance and Exercise Science
  • SPHS507 - Advanced Biomechanics
  • SPHS508 - Current Topics in Exercise Science and Human Performance
  • SPHS509 - Optimal Sports Performance


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.

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Health and Wellness Management

Teaches an ethical and leadership philosophy for managing a corporate wellness facility and designing health and wellness programs for private, community, and corporate clients. Examines current challenges facing the fitness, wellness, and healthcare industries and the role of fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle habits on disease prevention and general well-being.

Sample Courses

  • SPHS510 - Ethical and Leadership Principles of Health and Wellness Management
  • SPHS520 - Current Topics in Health and Wellness Management
  • SPHS530 - Program Design for Health and Wellness Management
  • SPHS540 - Health and Wellness Coaching and Behavior Change

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or

Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.