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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

The program provides strong content knowledge, hands-on personal training experience as well as a business, management and clinical rotations that will help you gain employment as a personal trainer, fitness professional, health or fitness manager and business owner. In addition, you will be prepared to enter graduate school programs in exercise science if you are interested in becoming an educator working in a college or university setting.

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 instructors, directors, general managers, owners, or fitness consultants.

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 do an 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
  • Take an internship in your area of focus, where you choose

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
  • Physical therapy clinics
  • Corporate fitness centers
  • Senior centers
  • Sports performance facilities
  • College/university recreational centers
  • YMCAs
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