Explore the scientific basis of strength and motor skill development as well as conditioning and fitness capabilities at all stages of life while earning your master's in kinesiology through our strength, conditioning, and fitness emphasis.
Through coursework, practicums, and internships, you will learn the knowledge and skills you need to earn certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, or the American College of Sports Medicine—a requirement of completing the program.
Our program also gives you the opportunity to learn from international coaches through a study abroad experience in Scotland, where you may work with national and international athletic teams.
This flexible program accommodates a variety of interests and career goals, and also prepares you to pass the national certification exams. These encompass:
Through your coursework and practicum experiences, you will learn to:
You will work with strength and conditioning or fitness programs, whether through the university, a professional team, high school, or private club, as part of required practicum or internship experiences.
As part of the program's required 36 credit hours, all students are required to take coursework in:
Note that our students, prior to admission, must have a bachelor's degree in a kinesiology-related field and have taken two semesters of anatomy / physiology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology.
You will work with your faculty advisor to select electives based on your career goals and the competencies required for certification. Elective areas include:
Successful completion of any of the following certification exams while enrolled as a student will exempt you from a final oral exam.
We recommend that you do not take these certification exams prior to admission.
Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.
Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.
Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.
Learn from international coaches through a study abroad experience in Scotland. You also have the opportunity to work with UGA Athletic Association strength and conditioning coaches in football and Olympic sports, and gain experience from other professionals in the field through internships and practicums.
Take classes from faculty members who are respected as leaders in their field. Our faculty members believe in team science, which allows you to participate in research projects across many labs and disciplines. Also, you may participate in research funded by grants from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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