Strength and Conditioning - MS

Program Contacts

Mission

The mission of the this program is to provide formal graduate level academic instruction in the science and theory of resistance training, as well as to promote student production of research that directly relates to the neuromuscular adaptations involved with resistance training.

Goals

The goals of this program in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences are to:

  • Establish scientific basis for the value of anaerobic exercise, and to provide internal and external programs that promote health behaviors across the lifespan.
  • Meet an increasing demand for well-educated professional capable of delivering a broad range of exercise-based preventive, technical, educational, and rehabilitative services.
  • Gain insight into strategies for the prevention and treatment of sarcopenia, osteoporosis and childhood obesity.
  • Provide advanced training in exercise physiology as it relates specifically to resistance training for the purpose of increasing athletic performance and the prevention or treatment of inactivity-related health disorders.
  • Prepare students with knowledge and skills to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam offered through the NSCA, and the Level One Weightlifting Coaching Course offered through United States Weightlifting (USAW)

Program Requirements

Course Requirements

All GW Department of Exercise Science Master Degree students who select the Strength and Conditioning Program enroll in both Core Courses (18 credits) and Program-Specific Courses (18 credits).  The 36 total credit requirement includes a culminating experience consisting of either successful completion of an Oral Research Defense or the Comprehensive Exam.

Prerequisites:  
Undergraduate exercise physiology - must be completed prior to beginning coursework at GW  

Core courses (17 credits):

 
EXNS 6202 Advanced Exercise Physiology I  
EXNS 6203 Advanced Exercise Physiology II  
EXNS 6204 Biostatistical Methods & Research Design  
EXNS 6207 Psychological Aspects of Sport & Exercise  
EXNS 6208 Physical Activity: Physiology & Epidemiology  
EXNS 6209 Advanced Concepts in  Nutrition Science  
Program specific courses (13 credits):  
EXNS 6220 Power Training for Sports Perfermance  
EXNS 6221 Science & Theory of Training  
EXNS 6222 Current Topics in Strength Conditioning  
EXNS 6223 Biomechanical Analysis  
Elective Approved by Program Director  
Culminating experience (6 credits):  
Select one of the following options:  
Option A  
EXNS 6261
  & EXNS 6998
Thesis Seminar
   and Thesis Research
 
Option B  
EXNS 6233 Graduate Internship  
Comprehensive exam  

Competencies

Program-Specific Competencies 

Upon completion of the MS Strength and Conditioning program, professionals will possess the following functional competencies:

  • Skills necessary for the evaluation and development of resistance training programs that develop and improve neuromuscular function. 
    Relevant courses:  
    EXNS 6220 Power Training for Sports Performance  
    EXNS 6221 Science & Theory of Training  
    EXNS 6222 Current Topics in Strength & Conditioning  
    EXNS 6223 Biomechanical Analysis  
  • Skills necessary for the assessment of muscular strength and endurance in athletic and non-athletic populations. 
    Relevant courses:  
    EXNS 6202 Adv Exercise Physiology I  
    EXNS 6203 Adv Exercise Physiology II  
    EXNS 6209 Adv Concepts Nutrition Science  
    EXNS 6220 Power Training for Sports Performance  
    EXNS 6221 Science & Theory of Training  
    EXNS 6222 Current Topics in Strength & Conditioning  
  • Skills for prescribing therapeutic exercise activities. 
    Relevant courses:  
    EXNS 6202 Adv Exercise Physiology I  
    EXNS 6203 Adv Exercise Physiology II  
    EXNS 6207 Psych Aspects Sport & Exercise  
    EXNS 6233 Graduate Internship  
    EXNS 6261 Thesis Seminar  
    EXNS 6998 Thesis Research  
  • Skills necessary for conducting general exercise testing. 
    Relevant courses:  
    EXNS 6202 Adv Exercise Physiology I  
    EXNS 6203 Adv Exercise Physiology II  
    EXNS 6233 Graduate Internship  
    EXNS 6998 Thesis Research  
  • Administrative and professional skills for working with other health and fitness professionals. 
    Relevant courses:  
    EXNS 6204 Biostatistical Methods & Research Design  
    EXNS 6207 Psychological Aspects Sport & Exercise  
    EXNS 6208 Physical Activity: Physiology & Epidemiology  
    EXNS 6209 Advanced Concepts Nutrition Science  
    EXNS 6233 Graduate Internship  
    EXNS 6998 Thesis Research  
  • Skills of conducting exercise science research. 
    Relevant courses:  
    EXNS 6202 Adv Exercise Physiology I  
    EXNS 6203 Adv Exercise Physiology II  
    EXNS 6204 Biostatistical Methods & Research Design  
    EXNS 6208 Physical Activity: Physiology & Epidemiology  
    EXNS 6222 Current Topics in Strength & Conditioning  
    EXNS 6998 Thesis Research  

 

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 36 graduate credits are required.
  2. Course requirements: successful completion of the core courses and the program specific courses are required.
  3. Examination requirement: pass the American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Specialist® certification examination (clinical exercise physiology only)
  4. Grade point requirement: a 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average is required.
  5. Time limit requirement: the degree must be completed within four years.
  6. Transfer credit policy: up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may be transferred to the MSES.  Courses need to have been taken within the past three years from an accredited institution with a grade of B or better.

Past Program Guides

This is the current program guide for this program. Students should follow the course requirements from the year in which they entered the program. 

Past Guides:
 
Guides that are not available online can be accquired from the Academic Affairs Program Coordinator in the Dean's Office.