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Program Details

The Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science at Concordia University Chicago is an online-based degree program, designed in conjunction with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) with three different concentrations to prepare students for different NASM certifications. The Fitness and Health Promotion path is primarily aimed at individuals already in the health and fitness industry, preparing them to take the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam. The Human Movement Science concentration is for students with an interest in helping patients work with and recover from muscle imbalances, musculoskeletal impairments, and post-rehabilitation issues, readying graduates for the Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) exam. The third concentration is in Sports Performance and Training. This path is designed for coaches and trainers who work directly with athletes at all levels and prepares those involved for the Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) exam. A final concentration, the Sports Nutrition program, does not prepare students for any NASM certifications but instead focuses on designing and creating exercise and nutrition programs for athletes. This path readies individuals for a different certification, the Certified Sports Nutrition exam from the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

All concentrations require the completion of 30 credit hours, including a Capstone project, including 18 credits of core classes and 12 for the specialization. Core subjects include functional anatomy and biomechanics, exercise and sports nutrition, exercise physiology, research methods, and the Capstone experience. Each concentration has its own list of 4 to 5 courses. The Human Movement Science path provides instruction in corrective exercise training and the aspects and special topics of human movement science. The Fitness and Health Promotion concentration gives individuals the principles, ability to design a program for, and business development knowledge of the field; the Sports Performance Training path does the same for its own context. The Sports Nutrition path consists of instruction in vitamins and minerals, nutrition and exercise for weight management, and current trends in the field. This concentration can also be pursued as a standalone certificate, requiring 15 credits, with the additional class of Exercise and Sports Nutrition.

Students who wish to earn this Master’s degree must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and must submit, in addition to their application, an objective statement outlining career and educational goals, one official transcript, and two letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant’s academic ability and personal character. In order to gain full entry into this Master’s program, applicants must have at least a 2.85 cumulative GPA from previous coursework, or will have earned this degree with a 3.0 GPA overall. Students who do not meet these requirements may still be admitted at the provisional or probationary level.


To be considered for Full Admission, candidates will present a cumulative grade point average above 2.85 from a completed Bachelor program or will have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the following: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related, Educational Programs (CACREP), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).