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Do you dream of playing a crucial role in college athletics by ensuring that student-athletes stay fit and healthy for competition? Then Ball State’s master’s degree in sports performance is right for you.

This terminal degree is designed for students who are serious about becoming a strength professional with special emphasis in college strength coaching.

This program will provide you with a broad scientific background for coaching and conditioning of athletic populations. It is a cross-discipline approach between exercise science and physical education.

After completing this program, you will earn a master of arts (MA) in sports performance.

Career Credentials

This program prepares you for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam.

What It’s Like to Pursue a Master's Degree in Exercise Science (Sports Performance) at Ball State

With an MA in Sports Performance, you pursue a non-thesis degree.  

Our course of study includes the flexibility of some online classes. You will have the ability to plan your classwork around your professional and personal schedule, all while having access to the same education and same faculty offered on campus.

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  • Students will possess the knowledge base require to read and evaluate the published literature in the area of strength and conditioning.
  • Students will be able to design and write a strength and conditioning program for a team sport.
  • Students will be able to instruct and interact with athletes in a high school, college or professional strength facility.
  • Students will sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam (CSCS)

Program Requirements

Students accepted into this degree program must take a minimum of 33 credits of graduate work to graduate.


Total: 33


A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Internship in Exercise Science
  • Mechanical Analysis of Movement
  • Exercise Physiology 1
  • Research Applications (non-Thesis)

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Graduate Catalog.

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More Information

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