Graduate Catalog
Degree Programs

Master of Science
in Strength and Conditioning Studies

Program Summary

Dr. J. J. Mayo
Associate Professor
Hull, Room 106
(479) 968-0429
jmayo2@atu.edu

The Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning Studies is designed to provide graduate level instruction in the theory and science of strength and conditioning. The 33 hour program is designed to meet the needs of coaches, physical educators, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and others interested in the fitness profession. Upon completion of this degree, students may pursue certifications such as the Personal Trainer or Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Unconditional Admission

Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning Studies if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for Graduate College.
  2. Applicants must meet a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.85.
  3. Applicants must have completed either undergraduate courses in PE 4033 Exercise Physiology and PE 3663 Kinesiology/Biomechanics with grades of “B” or higher or the leveling courses PE 5013 Applied Physiology Concepts and PE 5023 Anatomical and Mechanical Kinesiology Concepts with grades of “B” or higher.

*Admission will be awarded on a competitive basis due to limited availability.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who fail to meet the above requirement will be considered for conditional admission on a case-by-case basis. Students admitted conditionally must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 at the completion of twelve (12) semester hours toward the degree with no grade lower than “C”.

Degree Requirements

  1. Thirty-three credit hours are required for completion of the Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning Studies degree.

    Required Core Courses (21 hours)

    SCS 6013 Measurement and Evaluation in Strength and Conditioning
    PE 6083 Research Design and Statistics in Physical Education
    SCS 6023 Scientific Foundations of Strength & Conditioning
    SCS 6033 Strength & Conditioning Program Design & Development
    SCS 6043 Techniques for Development of Hypertrophy, Strength & Power
    SCS 6053 Techniques for Development of Speed, Agility, Reaction Time & Endurance
    PE 6043 Psychology of Motor Learning

    Electives (9 hours)

    SCS 6063 Trends in Sports Nutrition & Metabolism
    PE 6033 Exercise Physiology
    PE 6053 Biomechanics
    PE 6073 Exercise & Sport Behavior
    PE 6063 Current Issues in Coaching & Athletics
    SCS 6083 Instructional Strategies for Strength Coaches
    SCS 6093 Readings in Strength & Conditioning

    Culminating Experience (3 hours)

    SCS 6103 Professional Project (could be research, internship, or other approved project)

  2. A minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate course work completed in residence at Arkansas Tech University.
  3. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 in all graduate courses completed at Arkansas Tech University with a maximum of six (6) hours of “C” grades.
  4. Completion of all degree requirements within six (6) years from the time of unconditional or conditional admission into the program.

Candidacy

Graduate students admitted unconditionally must apply for candidacy to the selected degree program upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours. Students admitted conditionally cannot apply for candidacy until all conditions assigned at the time of admission to graduate study have been removed.

Upon the completion of twelve (12) graduate hours, a hold will be placed on the students' record until a candidacy form has been approved by the Graduate Dean. Failure to apply for candidacy will result in the hold remaining on the students' record, and an inability to register for subsequent coursework. 

Students who have filed a candidacy form but do not enroll or receive graduate credit for one (1) academic year must submit a new candidacy form upon being readmitted into the same graduate program.  If admitted into a different academic program, students are not required to submit a new candidacy form until twelve (12) graduate credits have been accumulated within the new program.

Application for Graduation

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements, a candidate for a degree must file an "Application for Graduation" online or at the Registrar's Office.  Students must apply for graduation upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours.

Special Conditions of Graduate Credit

Graduate Credit Taken Prior to Admission to Arkansas Tech University

A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited graduate school if deemed appropriate to the graduate program by the head of the student's major department and the Graduate College Dean. Students must send a written request to the head of their major department to petition an acceptance of the transfer credit prior to requesting admission to candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the appropriate program director and the Graduate College Dean. Credits earned by correspondence courses or for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree. No undergraduate course may be repeated for graduate credit.

Graduate Credit Taken After Admission to Arkansas Tech University

If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must, in advance of enrollment, obtain written approval from the program director and the Graduate College Dean.