Master of Science In Exercise Science

The Master of Science in Exercise Science program is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of current and future exercise science professionals. As a student, you’ll take a scientific core of courses that provide a complete understanding of how exercise impacts human physiology. After completing the core, you can choose one of three concentrations to develop practical knowledge:

Strength and Conditioning: This concentration gives students the necessary tools to become professionals in strength and conditioning, personal training, or sports performance. From learning advanced exercise assessment and prescription to mastering coaching methodologies and dietary analysis—students gain knowledge that will set them on a path to success!

Fitness Leadership: This concentration equips students with the essential business and leadership skills to lead a successful career in fitness. It provides specialized instruction on topics such as marketing, administration, customer service, and program design for managing profitable operations in the fast-growing world of health & wellness.

Corporate, Clinical, and Community Wellness: This concentration equips students with the essential skills for successful healthcare careers. Learners can gain expertise in exercise testing, face-to-face client interactions and health behavior change to help individuals live healthy lives within hospitals, rehabilitation clinics or corporate wellness programs.

With our Master of Science in Exercise Science program, you can develop a creative approach to improving people's health and wellness. Gain the theoretical background and practical skills necessary for success within your chosen field - no matter which concentration you choose. Start making an impact today with this unique opportunity!

Is a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science Right for You?

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Masters degree graduates will be able to:

  • 01 Demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills to enhance a current career or advance in the field of exercise science in public, private, and corporate settings
  • 02 Evaluate and apply research principles and methods in the area of exercise science
  • 03 Synthesize and evaluate theoretical information pertaining to exercise science and integrate it into practice
  • 04 Select one core concentration (Strength and Conditioning; Fitness Leadership; Clinical, Corporate and Community Wellness), and apply these focused concepts to real-world situations



A University Education You Can Trust

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You’ll need 45 credits to complete your Master of Science in Exercise Science. Your course schedule may vary based on transferable credits. Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses after you apply.

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Core: 20 Credits

Concentration: 20 Credits

Capstone: 5 Credits

Tuition & Fees


Tuition & Fees

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Graduate Credits

Students residing in the U.S. (regardless of citizenship) and U.S. citizens residing abroad

$440 / credit

International students

$440 / credit

Textbook Costs

Digital textbooks are embedded into each course at no additional cost. Unrestricted access is available seven days prior to the start of class and throughout the quarter.


Admissions & Registration Fees

Apply at any time at no cost.


Transfer Credit Evaluation

Our staff will review your transfer documentation at no cost.


Technology Fee

Paid once per quarter


Proctor Fee

Exam proctor


Faculty & Staff


Faculty & Staff

At Lionel, our instructors are the epitome of Exercise Science Professionals. With extensive expertise in their chosen field, they provide you with insight that only real-world experience can offer - teaching you exactly what it takes to thrive in your career journey!


Of faculty are working professionals in the field of exercise science

15+ years

Average professional experience


Of faculty have advanced degrees


Faculty to student ratio


Of faculty hold doctorates


Of students would recommend their instructors

Career Services


Career Services

At Lionel University, we are dedicated to ensuring the success of our students and alumni by providing them with unparalleled access to career opportunities.

Our Career Connect For Life Program has partnered with leading companies in Exercise Science – enabling both current students and alumni alike to take advantage of job postings as well as receive top-quality coaching services for their professional journey into the future.

  • Career Coaching 
  • Resume & Cover Letter Critiques  
  • Interview Prep 
  • Job & Internship Searching 
  • Professional Etiquette & Networking 
  • Career Fair Prep 
  • Evaluating Career Opportunities
  • Career blogs and video content
  • Networking and mentorships
  • Personal brand development
  • Entrepreneurship Development



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