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Gain expertise in exercise science & fitness business management

Learn what you need to be successful in the fitness industry from biomechanics to nutrition to managing and marketing your business.

Fitness & Wellness Leadership Master’s

100% Online Master’s Program

Our master’s degree in fitness and wellness leadership addresses the challenge of busy working professionals or for those who have limited time to attend courses at a traditional on-site campus.

What Will I Learn?

  • Advanced exercise science and training
  • Learn business management techniques

Our courses were created with input from industry professionals, internship affiliates, and national organizations. The program is for both those starting a career in the emerging fitness, health, and wellness industry and those who are already actively involved in the industry. Our coursework integrates exercise science (biomechanics, physiology, exercise program design), resistance/strength training, certification preparation, and fitness management/business concepts (accounting, marketing, and management) — synthesized into a logical, progressive learning sequence.

The graduate program specifically addresses the needs of the public and employers by combining the fundamentals of exercise science with the essential components of a business curriculum to prepare students for careers as personal trainers, sports performance and strength/conditioning instructors, directors, general managers, health and fitness business owners, wellness consultants or future college faculty members.

You will have the opportunity to prepare for ACSM-Certified Personal trainer, NSCA-CSCS, MFA-Fitness Facility Director, Senior Fitness Association Certifications, and others.

What is Unique About Our Program?

We require no class-time on campus. All 13 courses are 100% fully online, allowing you to live anywhere while completing the degree. In addition, you can choose to do an optional internship that allows you to work with faculty on selecting a site that matches your area of focus, close to your home or city of interest.

  • All courses can be completed online to fit your busy work and personal schedule
  • Only 10 courses are required to complete the degree
  • Choose to study part-time or full-time
  • Most students graduate in 1 to 1.5 years

What Are My Career Opportunities?

The program combines a theoretical framework with training skills that are necessary to prepare you for certification testing from national organizations such as ACSM, NSCA, and others.

Graduates may work in organizations that include:

  • Medically-based fitness facilities
  • Gyms/health clubs
  • Personal training studios, yoga and Pilates studios
  • Physical therapy clinics
  • Strength and conditioning specialists
  • Spas and wellness facilities
  • Corporate fitness and wellness centers
  • Senior centers
  • Sports performance facilities
  • College/university recreational centers
  • YMCAs and other non-profit fitness and health sites
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