Exercise Physiology: Strength & Conditioning/Fitness Entrepreneurship – M.S.Ed.

Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

Strength & Conditioning/Fitness Entrepreneurship

M.S.Ed.

The Strength and Conditioning/Fitness Entrepreneurship graduate track is specifically designed to produce highly qualified and elite practitioners in the field of athletic performance. It is intended to prepare students for jobs in Division I and professional sports or fitness administration.

The program emphasizes practice-based instruction promoting proficiency in cutting edge programming and implementation; including practical requirements in functional and corrective exercises, advanced strength training, Olympic weight lifting, speed, agility and quickness training, as well as training for competitive endurance sports. Coursework is performed in the University of Miami’s athletic facilities and qualified students will have the opportunity to work directly with our NCAA Division I athletes and coaches.

Those who have completed the UM undergraduate major in Exercise Physiology or Athletic Training, may apply for the one year accelerated Masters degree in Strength and Conditioning/Fitness Entrepreneurship. This program can be completed in two semesters. Students entering the University from another school may complete the program in a one-year intensive program or a traditional two year track. The one year program is completed by taking four courses over each of the fall, spring, and summer-1 sessions. PhD candidates in exercise physiology may take coursework in the strength and conditioning track as part of their program of study upon approval from their advisor. Students are not required to complete a thesis but must pass comprehensive exams to graduate with a Masters degree in the field. Pre-requisites to the program include undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology, and undergraduate Exercise Physiology.



The University of Miami Graduate program in Strength and Conditioning/Fitness Entrepreneurship is officially recognized as an approved graduate strength and conditioning program by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

The NSCA Education Recognition Program Graduate Strength and Conditioning Program recognizes and distinguishes colleges and universities with standardized, approved graduate strength and conditioning curricula designed to prepare students for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning (CSCS®) certification. The NSCA ERP is designed as a foundation for strength and conditioning student growth and success from classroom to career. As a student at an ERP school, the NSCA is an ally for your professional development.


The “ERP” logo is a trademark of the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the United States and/or other countries. ERP Graduate Strength and Conditioning Program.

Required Coursework

This program is for persons interested in advanced skill in exercise programming and instruction, the fitness entrepreneur, and those looking for administrative positions in the fitness industry. 
Courses offered in the Strength and Conditioning/Fitness Entrepreneurship track, as well as the recommended sequence, can be found here.


Required Core

KIN 636 Strength and Conditioning I

KIN 637 Strength and Conditioning II

KIN 646 Elite Conditioning I

KIN 647 Elite Conditioning II

KIN 661 Facility Management

KIN 662 Fitness Facility Management II

KIN 669 The Foundations of Exercise Programming

KIN 670 Advanced Programming

KIN 677 Advanced Nutrition for Health and Fitness


Reccomended Electives

KIN 690 Special Topics in Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

KIN 699 Advanced Programming for Endurance Athletes

KIN 795 Graduate/Clinical Field Experience in Kinesiology and Sport Sciences


Additional Approved Electives

Nutrition Courses

KIN 623 Food Science and Management Principles

KIN 634 Integrative & Functional Nutrition

KIN 638 Nutrition during the Lifecycle

KIN 639 Dietary Supplements And Human Performance

KIN 650 Nutritional Biochemistry

KIN 784 Advance Neurological Mechanisms of Metabolism and Weight Regulation

KIN 645 Therapeutic Lifestyle to Combat Chronic Disease

Exercise Physiology Courses

KIN 621 Advanced Systemic Exercise Physiology

KIN 630 Cellular Exercise Physiology

KIN 679 Principles of Exercise Assessment: Cardiovascular

KIN 680 Principles of exercise Prescription: Neuromuscular

KIN 686 Exercise Prescription/Assessment Laboratory

KIN 746 Research Methods in Kinesiology and Sport Sciences


Two-year Regular Masters Example Schedule – 36 credits


Fall 1 (9 credits)

Spring 1 (9 credits)

  • KIN 636 Advanced S&C I
  • KIN 646 Elite Conditioning I
  • KIN 669 Foundations of Exercise Programming
  • KIN 637 Advanced S&C II
  • KIN 647 Elite Conditioning II
  • KIN 677 Advanced Nutrition

Fall 2 (9 credits)

Spring 2 (9 credits)

  • KIN 661 Fitness Facility Management I
  • KIN Approved Elective
  • KIN Approved Elective
  • KIN 662 Facility Management II
  • KIN 670 Advanced Programming
  • KIN Approved Elective

Comprehensive Exam


One-year Intensive Masters Example Schedule – 36 credits


Fall (Semester 1)

Spring (Semester 2)

Summer (Semester 3)

  • KIN 636 Advanced S&C I
  • KIN 646 Elite Conditioning I
  • KIN 661 Facility Management I
  • KIN 669 Foundations of Exercise Programming
  • KIN 637 Advanced S&C II
  • KIN 647 Elite Conditioning II
  • KIN 662 Facility Management II
  • KIN 677 Advanced Nutrition
  • KIN 699 Adv. Endurance Programming
  • KIN 690 Special Topics in Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
  • KIN 795 Graduate/Clinical Field Experience in Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

Comprehensive Exam


Accelerated Masters Example Schedule – 30 credits

(Only available to University of Miami Undergraduate Athletic Training and Kinesiology students)


Fall (Senior Yr.)

Spring (Senior Yr.)

  • KIN 636 Advanced S&C I
  • KIN 637 Advanced S&C II

Fall (Semester 1)

Spring (Semester 1)

  • KIN 646 Elite Conditioning I
  • KIN 661 Fitness Facility Management I
  • KIN Approved Elective
  • KIN Approved Elective
  • KIN 647 Elite Conditioning II
  • KIN 662 Facility Management II
  • KIN 670 Advanced Programming
  • KIN Approved Elective

Comprehensive Exam

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Program Director

Brian Biagioli

Graduate Program Director: Strength and Conditioning, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

305-284-6772


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