Sport Performance

At RMU, you can develop an individualized degree plan in strength and conditioning or sports performance, tailored to your career goals and the challenges of the populations you serve.


Classes Start: January 9, 2023

Sport Performance

The Sport Performance track of the Master of Science in Health Science is intended for individuals who have a desire to increase their exercise science knowledge, with a focus on strength and conditioning or sports performance. The curriculum is designed to increase the student’s abilities to identify best practices built on evidence-based decision-making and affords students an interactive environment focusing on the designing of health learning for individuals across the human lifespan. 

The program is ideal for athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, sport performance specialists, personal trainers, owners of gyms or performance training centers, and other sport and fitness professionals. Through this program, students deepen their knowledge base, develop more unique, specialized skills, set themselves apart from their peers, and better prepare them for the populations they serve.

Students in this track are encouraged to work with faculty to develop an individualized degree plan that aligns with their career goals. We look at what populations you want to work with and then tailor your educational plan around the knowledge and skills you’ll need to best serve their needs and unique challenges.

The expert faculty in this program understand where the gaps are between a bachelor’s education and sports performance experience and knowledge needed for real-world settings. Through classes in biomechanics, motor control, advanced, program design, nutrition, advanced
applied exercise physiology, and performance technology application, you’ll bridge those gaps and become prepared to take theoretical concepts and apply them in your world. You’ll also be presented with challenging lab work that you’ll complete as an online student.

Courses are lab intensive to equip the learner with tools for immediate integration into their current practice setting in order to better maximize client outcomes.

The instructors not only teach at RMU, but they also publish, present, and remain active in their respective field(s) of practice.

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Certification Eligibility

The course Program Design for Sport Performance (SP 620) prepares students to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exam. 

“Dr. Darrin Smith and his faculty staff have set the tone for what an excellent academic program should look like. He has led the way at Rocky Mountain University by developing a rigorous and engaging program that places each student in an interactive and informative learning environment. After having gone through the master’s program and now making my way through the doctoral program, I can personally attest to the high academic pedigree of the course work, educational atmosphere, and faculty.”

Matthew Ibrahim, Strength and Conditioning Coach Adjunct Professor, Exercise Science PhD Student, Human and Sport Performance

“The Master of Science in Health Science program at RMUoHP is engaging, challenging, and hands-on (yes, you read that correctly). Each class asks you, the professional, to put into practice what you’re learning and see what unfolds.  This program looks at the holistic picture of EBP (clinical judgment, research, and patient values), not just certain aspects. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to partake in this program and am a much better clinician on the other side of it.”

Kristen Allen, Head Athletic Trainer, North Shore Country Day School, Chicago, IL

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs for Coaches and Scouts to grow by 26% between 2020 and 2030, which is much faster than the average. There are a number of careers graduates of the program can pursue, including:

  • Strength Coach
  • Sports Performance Specialist
  • Performance Coach.

HS 504 Research Methods
HS 506 Data & Decision Making
HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice
HS 602 Applications of Education Practice

HS 509 Integrated Biomechanics
HS 630 Motor Control and Movement Analysis
SP 522 Applications of Strength and Conditioning in Sport Performance
SP 615 Advanced Sport Performance Technology
SP 620 Program Design for Sport Performance

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Tuition & Financial Aid

University Resource Fee (per semester)

$36 Resource Fee

Additional Information

Optional Thesis (3 credits in semester 6) $1770

Thesis Committee Fee $1050

$590 per credit 

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