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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Our institution is proud to be accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). 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).
Coursework is broken down into five quarters. Each quarter typically consists of two classes, and a research project in your final quarter. A total of 45 credits is needed to graduate, and a maximum of 18 credits can be taken each quarter. You can accelerate your studies and complete the program in as little as three quarters (nine months). If you would like to read the full list of course descriptions, click here.
*or similar coursework as approved by the Registrar. The Registrar's decisions are final.
If these coursework requisites have not been fulfilled prior to beginning the program, matriculated candidates will take these courses at the beginning of their studies. Requisite credits are in addition to the 45 credits required for master’s degree completion.
The College of Exercise Science has been a life-changing experience. I recommend it to all my co-workers, friends, and family members who have a passion for fitness and want to continue their educational journey.
I currently serve on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. I originally began my journey with CES pursuing the Master Trainer certificate. Upon completion, I decided to continue my education and earned my associates in exercise science through CES. Now I instruct at the Force Fitness Readiness Center where we train new Force Fitness Instructors for the Marine Corps. I couldn’t have done it without the College of Exercise Science.
My experience with ISSA has been life changing in the best way. Not only have I learned so many new skills, but my resume is quite long due to all of the Special Certifications I have received. I was recently contacted by another “women-only” trainer with her own business who was looking to expand. She almost immediately offered me a job as her first hire, almost sight-unseen! Now, I work at two gyms and can offer training to different types of populations. I have no doubt my educational qualifications had something to do with the ease of which I have been able to stay successful in this rapidly emerging profession.
The ISSA College of Exercise Science is a Title IV school, and our bachelor’s degree program, associate degree program, and Master Trainer certificate program are all eligible for federal student aid.
Our bachelor’s degree, associate degree, and Master Trainer certificate programs are eligible for federal student aid. Federal student aid eligibility for our master’s degree program is awaiting approval by the US Department of Education.
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.
The College of Exercise Science 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.
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.
ISSA College of Exercise Science and ISSA LLC are two separate organizations. ISSA College of Exercise Science is an institution of higher learning and an education provider. ISSA LLC is a professional certifying organization. ISSA LLC is neither owned nor operated by the ISSA College of Exercise Science.
Upon successful completion of College of Exercise Science coursework and submission of Basic Adult CPR/AED/First Aid card, ISSA LLC awards, monitors, and renews professional certification.
Professional certification earned as part of ISSA College of Exercise Science curriculum and awarded by ISSA, LLC is not accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC accredits institutions, including its academic programs, and does not accredit certifications.
Currently through Dec 2021:
Upon successful completion of College of Exercise Science undergraduate certification coursework and submission of Basic Adult CPR/AED/First Aid card, professional certification is awarded by ISSA LLC. ISSA LLC is a separate professional certifying body that awards, monitors, and renews professional certification. ISSA LLC is neither owned nor operated by the ISSA College of Exercise Science.
ISSA LLC verifies and awards professional certification approximately 6-8 weeks following the end of the course. The terms of professional certification -- including duration, required continuing education, and renewal -- are determined by ISSA LLC.
In 2022, the certification process will be a 2-step process by which students register for and complete the certification exam separately through ISSA LLC. The ISSA LLC certification exam will be included at no additional cost. Assignments will guide the process, and time will be built into the final week of class to accommodate the exam. Proof of basic adult CPR/AED/First Aid certification will be required at the time of the exam -- uploaded to the ISSA LLC portal.
The terms of professional certification -- including award, duration, required continuing education, and renewal -- are determined by ISSA LLC.
Note: certification coursework is a part of undergraduate coursework only.
We are so excited to transform the ISSA College of Exercise Science into Lionel University.
While our name is changing, the core of who we are will remain the same:
Learn more about our transformation and access the Lionel University FAQs here.
Designated as a Military Friendly School, the ISSA College of Exercise Science works hard to help both active duty service members and veterans achieve their education goals. Our programs are specifically designed to be flexible so you can easily manage your coursework during your service.