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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) or master of science (MS) in exercise science with a concentration 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/MS in Exercise Science (Sports Performance), you have plenty of options.

You can pursue any of the following:

  • a non-thesis degree
  • a three-hour research paper requirement for a Master of Arts
  • a six-hour thesis requirement for a Master of Science

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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Program Requirements

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

There are three degree options:

  • a non-thesis degree
  • three-hour research paper (RES 697) for a Master of Arts
  • six-hour thesis (THES 698) for a Master of Science

Credits

Total: 34

Courses

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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Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.

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More Information

If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or, if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.