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The Master of Science Degree in Sports Medicine Strength & Conditioning Track provides the coursework and practical experience necessary to enhance discipline concepts through practical skills focusing on special populations and tactical training. The degree offers the opportunity for the individual seeking applied skills in strength and conditioning to utilize a health behavior model to frame client outcomes, and provide a multidisciplinary approach to training. Opportunities for hands-on experiences are available at many premier sites in the community. Students who are not already a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) will gain the appropriate knowledge to sit for the CSCS examination. Additionally, elective coursework is available that focuses on exercise considerations for special populations and will help prepare students for the NSCA's new Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS) certification.

Program Objectives

  • Expand critical thinking and independent decision making in professional practice
  • Develop leadership skills for the strength & conditioning practitioner
  • Promote the synthesis of sports medicine related literature
  • Integrate theory and research into practice
  • Foster scholarly and research activities
  • Develop exemplary athletic training/sports medicine professionals
  • Provide culturally sensitive care to diverse populations

Practicum Opportunities

  • Colorado College
  • Colorado State University - Pueblo
  • Fort Carson - 10th SFG, THOR
  • Fort Carson - World Class Athlete Program
  • Front Range Sports Performance & Fitness
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Penrose St. Francis - Medically Supervised Wellness Center
  • United States Air Force Academy

Admission Requirements

ATTENTION: We have filled our 8 seats for Fall 2014. Future applications received for Fall 2014 will only be reviewed if additional seats become available (update posted April 4, 2014).

Priority admission deadline is March 1.
Final admission deadline is June 1.

Admission to the program is competitive based on controlled enrollment. Applicants meeting the priority enrollment deadline will be given preference for available seats in the program. Remaining applicants meeting the final admission deadline will be awarded admission based on availability of seats.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Undergraduate Major GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Apply onlineand supply the following documentation
    • Signed in-state tuition form
    • 3 letters of reference
    • Selective service form (if applicable)
    • Submit one official transcript from degree-granting institution. Additional transcripts may be required to verify prerequisites or major coursework.
    • Application fee of $60.00
  • Completion of GRE with a recommended minimum score of 900 combined on math and verbal; analytical writing recommended minimum score of 4. Scores must be submitted to UCCS.
    **Revised GRE (taken after Aug 1, 2011): Completion of GRE with a recommended minimum score of 290 combined on math and verbal. Analytical writing recommended minimum score of 4. Scores must be submitted to UCCS. UCCS institution code: 4874
  • Completion of at least 6 hrs of Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory
  • Completion of Nutrition I (3 hrs) or comparable course (UCCS course HSCI 2070)
  • Completion of undergraduate Kinesiology course (3 hours)
  • Completion of undergraduate Principles of Strength and Conditioning or comparable course (UCCS course HSCI 4030)*
    *Provisional acceptance can be extended with the requirement that students complete this coursework with a grade of B or higher within their first semester of graduate school.
  • Recommended:
    • Undergraduate degreein Exercise Physioloy or health related field
    • Completion of undergraduate inferential statistics such as HSCI 2060
    • Strength and conditioning practical experience
    • Certification as a CSCS, SCCC, or CPT

Tuition Assistance

  • General Scholarship Information
  • Non-Resident Scholarships
  • Limited teaching assistantships are available through the Health Sciences Department. Potential activity courses include: Pilates; Yoga; Kickboxing; Strength Band Training; Zumba; Weightlifting; Hike, Walk, Jog for Fitness; and Boot Camp Toning & Conditioning. Lecture courses include sections of Personal Fitness and Wellness.
    • Please provide a brief summary of your background, experience and interest that would assist in our consideration of your request for these assistantships.
  • For additional financial aid and tuition assistance information see the Graduate school financial aid page 

Contact Persons


Hope Hoch, Administrative Assistant
Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
719.255.4421 Office 719.255.4416 FAX


Dr. Craig Elder
Program Advisor
Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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