Master of Science in Human Performance – Strength Training and Conditioning Online Degree Program

Master of Science in Exercise Science - Human Performance

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The Master of Science in Human Performance – Strength Training and Conditioning Equips Students to Help Athletes Reach their Peaks

Liberty University’s online Master of Science in Human Performance – Strength Training and Conditioning is a great option for students who are passionate about health and wellness and want to dig into the science of athletic performance. If you are interested in a career in the field of health, wellness, or exercise science with a convenient online format and minimal on-campus requirements, then our Human Performance degree is an excellent fit for you. Liberty’s Human Performance online program will give you the opportunity to further your knowledge in the core areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition, statistics, and research methods while specializing in the theory and techniques of strength training and conditioning that build the highest-performing athletes.


Why Choose Liberty’s Online MS in Human Performance Program?

Our Master of Science in Human Performance is a fully accredited, advanced exercise science degree that is designed to broaden your understanding of health, wellness, and performance in a variety of client populations. This program gives students the opportunity to further their knowledge in the core of exercise science (exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition, statistics and research methods) while specializing in strength training and conditioning, which focuses on training athletes. This program teaches techniques from the world-renowned M.O.R.R. training system which has been used to develop some of the world’s highest performing athletes in professional sports.

Our M.S. in Human Performance degree is offered online with two required intensives that will give you the opportunity to visit our beautiful campus in Lynchburg, VA. During your on-campus intensives, you will gain valuable hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art human performance labs from experienced professionals who are passionate about helping you excel in the field of exercise science. You will then have the option of either demonstrating your academic expertise through a thesis project or gaining marketable hands-on experience through an internship to finish your degree and prepare you to succeed in the field of exercise science.


What Will You Learn in the Online MS in Human Performance – Strength Training and Conditioning Degree Program?

Liberty University's online Master of Science in Human Performance - Strength Training and Conditioning provides a core of essential exercise science skills with an emphasis on advanced athletic training techniques. Students will study the biology of physiological adaptations to different forms of training and how to utilize high-accuracy tools and statistical models to analyze and interpret training data to train athletes and those seeking to better their health condition. Students will develop expertise in applying evidence-based training techniques and nutritional plans for rehabilitation and higher performance. Students will either choose a final thesis project to demonstrate their academic expertise and prepare for a future scholarship or complete an internship to gain marketable hands-on experience in a professional environment.

Students in the Strength Training and Conditioning area of study will also learn how to implement the M.O.R.R. training system for developing strength, speed, and agility in athletes, and faster recovery from training and injury. The M.O.R.R. Training System stands for Movement, Overspeed, Resistance, and Reaction and is a sports performance training system used by professional Olympic and elite-level athletes. The M.O.R.R. system was developed by Liberty University alumnus Chip Smith, who is considered the “Godfather of Sports Performance Training.”

This system has been used by:

  • Over 1,500 NFL Players
  • 30 NFL 1st Round Draft Picks
  • Over 50 NFL Pro Bowl Players
  • Four Heisman Trophy Winners
  • 50 NCAA All-Americans
  • 41 Olympic medalists including 21 Gold medalists from the 2008 & 2012 Summer Olympic Games in over a dozen sports
  • Hundreds of US High School Army and Under Armour® All-Americans
  • Hundreds of MLB, NBA, ATP, PGA, LPGA, MSL, FIFA and Olympic Stars

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Program Highlights of the Online MS in Human Performance Degree

  • By earning your MS in Human Performance online from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • The MS Exercise Science degree is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
  • As an online student, you will have the opportunity to network with leaders and experts in exercise science from across the country.
  • You can complete the MS in Human Performance – Strength Training and Conditioning degree program in as little as two years.
  • Our eight week online classes have no set log in times so you can do your coursework at any time of the day.

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Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts - $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.

Program Format for the Master in Human Performance Online Degree

  • Online with Required Intensives
  • This program is a hybrid of online and two consecutive weeklong on-campus labs
  • 35 total hours Internship or Thesis option
  • Up to 50% of the program hours may be transferred in from previous coursework.
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.

Online MS in Human Performance Degree Information and Requirements

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Potential Career Options for Graduates of the online MS in Human Performance – Strength Training and Conditioning Degree

This online Graduate Program in Exercise Science helps to prepare students to work in occupations including: 

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Human Performance Specialist
  • Sports Scientist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach