Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Exercise Science and Health Promotion Online Master of Science (M.S.) Wellness and Fitness, and Sport Psychology Dual Concentration

About Wellness and Fitness, and Sport Psychology

Expand your skills in advancing wellness and mental and physical fitness.

Move to the next level in coaching and training with a dual concentration in wellness and fitness, and sport psychology in the 100% online Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion program at California University of Pennsylvania. Complete your degree in as little as 18 months attending full time.

The Cal U exercise science and health promotion program is ranked #15 in the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Exercise Science Degree, according to GuidetoOnlineSchools.com.

  • Study such topics as nutrition for peak performance, exercise physiology, and more to learn how to provide an integrated approach to fitness and wellness.
  • Be ready to identify precursors to injury and understand the impact of injury, rehabilitation and recovery on athletes by focusing on sport psychology.  

Earn certification. Expand job options

  • Sport psychology is a field recognized by the American Psychological Association, and it offers a range of career paths. For instance, at least 20 NCAA Division I universities have a sport psychologist on staff. Most other schools contract with a sport psychologist.  

  • Be prepared to earn accredited certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Certified Professional Trainer (CPT).

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: DUAL CONCENTRATION

Wellness and Fitness: Students explore one of the industry's first comprehensive training systems based on scientific, evidence-based research: NASM's Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model.

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In-depth: Courses in sport psychology examine the psychological aspects of sports injuries and rehabilitation, and psychological perspectives in sport performance enhancement and intervention. Students explore the latest research in the field. 

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58%
of fitness trainers and instructors in the United States are hired by fitness and recreational sports centers.
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BestPsychologyDegrees.com ranks Cal U among the nation's top 8 online sports psychology degree programs in 2016.
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Degree Benefits

Both wellness and fitness, and sport psychology concentrations in Cal U's 100% online exercise science and health promotion master's degree are designed for a wide range of professionals:

  • Personal trainers.
  • Military professionals.
  • Others who want to learn about sport psychology, and fitness training program design and wellness programs for the general population.
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Graduate Outcomes

The study of sport psychology, and wellness and fitness enables coaches and fitness trainers to expand their skillsets. With an increase in employee health and fitness programs, jobs for fitness workers are expected to increase 13% over the next decade, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

 
Exercise Science and Health Promotion Dual Concentration (M.S.) Wellness and Fitness, and Sport Psychology  
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Range of Research

In the exercise science program at Cal U, students in fitness and wellness explore current clinical outcomes, psychology and physical activity research, and performance enhancement research. To prepare students working with athletes, from children to mature adults, courses highlight fitness and injury prevention research for special populations. 

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Career Network

Cal U master's degree programs attract students from across the country and around the world, including those in active military service. Fully 100% online programs can fit all work and life schedules, and allow you to expand your professional network with new classmates and future colleagues. 

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Fast Track

Most full-time graduate programs in excersise science take 12 to 17 months to complete. Students can complete Cal U's dual concentrations in exercise science and health promotion in as little as 18 months attending full-time. The master's degree can be completed even faster: 12 months studying full time.

Exercise Science and Health Promotion (M.S.) Online M.S. - Dual Concentration Courses

Studying the specialized areas of wellness and fitness, and sport psychology will expand your knowledge and skills in the field of exercise science and health promotion

Example Courses
  • Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training
  • Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry
  • Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription
  • Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness
  • Integrated Approach to Wellness & Fitness
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Nutrition for Peak Performance
  • Program Design in Fitness and Wellness
  • Psychological Perspectives in Sport Performance Enhancement and Intervention
  • Special Topics in Sport Psychology

 

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Exercise Science and Health Promotions (M.S.)

Concentrations
5
Dual Concentrations
9
Post Bachelor's Certificates
5
Certifications
5
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach

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Exercise Science and Health Promotion Faculty

Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor

batts@calu.edu

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Dr. Carol Biddington
Professor

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Dr. William B. Biddington
Professor; Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

biddington_w@calu.edu

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Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh
Professor

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Julie Ramsey Emrhein
Part-Time Assistant Professor

emrhein@calu.edu

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Dr. Marc S. Federico
Professor

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton
Associate Professor

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Melissa Hatton
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess
Professor

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Christina Lombardo
Professor

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy
Professor

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Dr. Brian Oddi
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Linda Platt Meyer
Professor

meyer@calu.edu

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Dr. Benjamin Reuter
Associate Professor

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Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby
Professor

romaniruby@calu.edu

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James Thornton, MA, ATC, PES, CES
Adjunct Professor
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Dr. Ronald Wagner
Associate Professor

wagner_r@calu.edu

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Dr. Ellen J. West
Associate Professor

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Dr. Tom West
Professor

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Additional Resources

Exercise Science Overview

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Exercise Science Master Degree

What Can You Do With An Exercise Science Master Degree/Careers

How To Choose An Exercise Science Concentration