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Proud to be accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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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

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How do I apply?

There is no cost to apply, and no test scores are required for admission.

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Is Lionel accredited?

Yes! Our institution is proud to be accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Will I have support during my education?

Each student is assigned a program advisor who is available to answer questions, provide support, and guide your progress through the program. Instructors engage from day one, hold regular office hours via the online classroom, and provide individual in-depth feedback.

What types of financial aid do you accept?

Lionel University degree programs and Master Trainer Certificate programs are eligible for federal student aid.

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Active duty military, military spouses, and veterans can use their TA, MyCAA, and GI Bill® benefits for program tuition. Program eligibility varies by benefit.

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When do your courses start?

Lionel empowers you to complete your education on your timeline, which is why we have classes starting almost every month.

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How many hours of study time should I expect each week?

A good rule of thumb is 10-15 hours of study time per course, per week. Full-time students spend about 40 hours studying each week when taking a full course load.

Do I need to pay for textbooks?

No! A digital version of the textbook is embedded in each course at no additional cost. Unrestricted access is available seven days prior to the start of class and throughout the quarter.

Do I have to take a minimum number of credits each quarter?

No, there is no required credit minimum. A full-time course load is 12-15 credits per quarter, but many of our students work as well as attend school. Our program is flexible to meet your needs.

How do I transfer my prior college credits?

Lionel University completes transfer credit evaluations free of charge. Once you complete your application, simply request that your past schools send your official transcripts to our Registrar. The application will provide information on what to request and where to have it sent, and an assigned admissions advisor will be standing by to assist you with any questions you have along the way.

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Program curriculum

Complete your coursework in as few as nine months (three quarters) as a full-time student, or pace out your studies to fit your needs. Students propose their research project in the second quarter. A total of 45 credits is needed to graduate. For a full list of course descriptions, click here.



Contemporary Issues in Exercise Science

(5 credits, 10 weeks)


Data Analysis in Exercise Science

(5 credits, 10 weeks)


Advanced Exercise Physiology

(5 credits, 10 weeks)



Motor Learning

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

Concentration course 1

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

Concentration course 2

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

Propose Research Project


Concentration course 3

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

Concentration course 4

(5 credits, 10 weeks)


Research Project

(5 credits, 10 weeks)

Credit Requirement Breakdown

Core: 20 credits

EXSC501 Contemporary Issues in Exercise Science

EXSC502 Data Analysis in Exercise Science

EXSC503 Advanced Exercise Physiology

EXSC504 Motor Learning

Concentration: 20 credits

Strength and Conditioning

SC501 Exercise Assessment and Prescription

SC502 Advanced Strength and Conditioning

SC503 Advanced Topics in Fitness Nutrition

SC504 Contemporary Coaching Methods

Fitness Leadership

FL501 Leadership and Professional Development

FL502 Advanced Business Aspects of Fitness

FL503 Professional Communication

FL504 Ecommerce and Internet Presence

Clinical, Corporate, Community Wellness

CCCW501 Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness

CCCW502 Physical Fitness and Epidemiology

CCCW503 Organization and Development of School and Community Physical Activity Programs

CCCW504 Obesity Prevention and Management

Capstone: 5 credits

EXSC599 Research Project