Curriculum | M.S. in Sport Physiology and Performance Coaching

The Carroll University Master of Science in Sport Physiology and Performance Coaching is offered in two ways.  The accelerated 15-month, 40-credit program begins in the summer while the 24 month , 40 credit program, begins in the fall, for those looking for a more gradual pace. The curriculum includes didactic and significant applied practicum and internship courses.

The majority of lectures and labs are offered on the main campus of Carroll University. The main campus houses a state-of-the-art exercise physiology lab and access to Carroll University’s athletic facilities, including a 2,400-square-foot weight room, Van Male Field House, Schneider Stadium, and Dennis Punches Track and Field Complex.

The program has an applied curriculum. Graduates of the program will possess knowledge and skills related to sport physiology, program design to optimize training goals, and coaching and professional relationships. In addition, you'll participate in an internship course providing hands-on experience, making you more marketable for employment in your setting of choice. Upon completion of the program, you'll be prepared for careers as a strength and conditioning coach/coordinator, performance coach, sport scientist or tactical facilitator.

Curriculum Focus

The Master of Science in Sport Physiology and Performance Coaching program will focus on the abilities to:

  • Design and implement an effective individualized training program for both team and individual sport athletes through:
    • Identifying performance demands through an understanding of sport-specific mechanics and energy system demands.
    • Organizing and administering performance testing using an array of testing protocols and equipment as part of a long-term athlete development program.
    • Interpreting and applying performance testing results.
  • Understand and apply previous and current research findings to promote evidence-based practice, training and athlete monitoring procedures by:
    • Examining and critiquing strength and conditioning scientific literature.
    • Synthesizing relevant information.
    • Appropriately conveying that information in scientific writing and oral communication.
  • Demonstrate competence in communication and interpersonal skills while coaching athletes, organizing and conducting testing sessions, and delivering testing information to athletes and sport coaches


  • EXP500 – Advanced Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)
  • EXP504 – Advanced Assessment of Physical Performance (3 credits)
  • EXP503 – Advanced Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
  • EXP506 – Research Design and Statistical Methods for Health Science (3 credits)
  • EXP574 – Practicum I in Strength and Conditioning (1 credit)
  • EXP591 – Advanced Strength and Conditioning II (3 credits)
  • EXP607 – Graduate Research Project I
  • EXP508 – Current Topics in Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)
  • EXP521 – Coaching Theory and Philosophy (3 credits)
  • EXP575 – Practicum II in Strength and Conditioning (1 credit)
  • EXP602 – Sports Nutrition. Assessment & Prescription (3 credits)
  • EXP608 – Graduate Research Project II (3 credits)
  • EXP690 – Internship in Strength and Conditioning (8 credits)
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