Master's 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 your core coursework, you can choose one of three concentrations to develop practical knowledge:

  • Strength and Conditioning: This concentration prepares students for careers focused on strength and conditioning, personal training, or sports performance. Students gain the knowledge and skills to apply advanced exercise assessment and prescription, coaching methodologies, and dietary analysis.
  • Fitness Leadership: This concentration prepares students for management and leadership careers in the health, wellness, and fitness industries. Students develop knowledge and skills to apply best business practices and foster leadership development.
  • Clinical, Corporate, and Community Wellness: This concentration prepares students for careers in a variety of clinical, corporate, and community wellness sectors. Students develop knowledge and skills to effectively examine the relationship between individual and community behaviors and overall health, so that they then have the ability to develop programs to improve community wellness.

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Master’s 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's 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

Every instructor at Lionel is as passionate about health and fitness as you are. Many of our instructors are trainers themselves, or have worked in the fitness industry for most of their careers. Not only will you benefit from their real-world experience, you will learn first-hand what it really takes to succeed in your chosen field.


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

Our goal is to support Lionel University students and alumni from all over the world with quality career coaching, tools and resources with our Career Connect For Life Program.


We have partnered with some of the top companies and organizations in Exercise Science to provide career and internship opportunities for our students and alumni. With Career Connect we also offer a wide variety of career coaching services and resources.

  • 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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