Master of Science in Exercise Science & Wellness-Fitness & Performance
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Help Others Reach Their Fitness Goals with a Master’s in Exercise Science and Wellness – Fitness and Performance

Are you a fitness professional in search of a master’s degree program that fits your current profession? Maybe you’re a physical education teacher, a personal trainer, or a human performance specialist in search of a pay raise. No matter which category you fit, Liberty’s online master’s in exercise science and wellness – fitness and performance may be right for you.

Liberty University’s master’s in health and fitness is geared toward those who work in strength and conditioning at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. This degree also aims to serve those who work as performance specialists in commercial sports performance centers. Through this degree program, you can gain knowledge in biomechanical analysis, performance health, and fitness science while learning how to help the human body recover from prolonged activity.

Why Choose Liberty’s M.S. in Exercise Science – Performance and Fitness Degree?

Exceptional training, professional educators, and a Christian worldview — these are just a few of the benefits you can receive if you pursue Liberty University’s M.S. in Exercise Science and Wellness with a specialization in fitness and performance. This degree program seeks to prepare you for jobs in sport, exercise, kinesiology, and health and wellness management. 

Throughout the program, you’ll train under professors who have years of real-world experience in exercise science, fitness, and nutrition and who are passionate about helping you succeed. In addition, each of your courses is integrated with biblical principles. At Liberty, we teach from a biblical worldview so you can gain the foundation you need to incorporate your faith into your profession.

What Will You Learn in the Fitness and Performance M.S. Program?

At Liberty, we value the time and energy that you dedicate to the success of your education and career, so we’ve created a performance wellness program that can help provide you with the knowledge and training you need to excel in your field. In this master’s degree, your core courses will cover topics like exercise physiology, fitness assessment and programming, nutrition, statistical analysis, and research methods in exercise science. 

With the specialization in fitness and performance, you’ll receive additional training in subjects like strength development, speed and agility, conditioning and recovery, and biomechanical analysis. Additionally, your degree allows you to handpick an exercise science elective – so you can further personalize your degree to match your specific career goals.

Can you become a physical education teacher with this degree?

While this degree can help you gain core skills that may be useful in a physical education career, teacher positions typically require teacher licensure – which is not something that this degree alone provides. Many P.E. teachers who pursue this degree program already have a teaching license.

Licensure requirements for teachers vary by state. If you have questions about how to obtain teacher licensure as a physical educator, please contact your state’s Department of Education.

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Admission Requirements for Our Master’s in Exercise Science and Wellness

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.

Potential Career Options

  • Human performance specialist
  • Resort fitness trainer
  • Strength and conditioning coach

Fitness and Performance Degree Program Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online Master of Science in Exercise Science degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.

  • Tuition for our master’s in exercise science and wellness degree online has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 

  • You can complete your master’s in exercise science and wellness in just 1 year.