Master of Science Strength & Conditioning

Master of Science Strength & Conditioning

The mission of the Master of Science Strength & Conditioning program is to enhance the education of highly qualified strength & conditioning professionals through an interprofessional curriculum integrated with opportunities to excel in research, advanced professional skills, and leadership development; ultimately translating experiences into their respective professions and future employment opportunities.

The Master of Science Strength & Conditioning degree offers the opportunity for the individual seeking applied skills in strength and conditioning to develop an interprofessional approach to athlete development. Opportunities for hands-on experiences are available at many premier sites in the community. The curriculum enhances fundamental concepts through advanced strength and conditioning courses while also including complementary subjects such as sports nutrition and sports rehabilitation. Our goals are to: equip students with a diverse and advanced knowledge base in the field of strength and conditioning; instill confidence in student's practical skills; and develop professionals who can interpret and apply research in their practice.

*Students admitted prior to Fall 2018 will matriculate with the requirements and degree name of MSc Sports Medicine: Strength & Conditioning.

We are currently in the process of moving this degree program from the Department of Health Sciences to a new academic unit, called Human Physiology and Nutrition, in preparation for our physical move to the new William J. Hybl Center for Sports Medicine and Performance when it opens next year. During this transition we are making some important changes to the administrative structure of the Strength and Conditioning program to better serve our students. Because offering a quality education that blends academic knowledge with practical skills is our top priority, we strive to maintain a low student to faculty ratio. At the present time, we have reached our capacity for the 2019-2020 year and will not be accepting any more students this year. We realize this may be disappointing to you, but assure you that we are actively recruiting new, talented faculty to accept more students to start in the fall of 2020.

  • Course Requirements (37 hours)

    HSCI 5010 Statistics & Research Methods
    HSCI 5210 Applied Research in Strength & Conditioning
    HSCI 5040 Strength & Conditioning for the Tactical Athlete
    HSCI XXXX Capstone (Comprehensive Exams, Graduate Research Project, or Thesis)
    HSCI 6120 Health Science Leadership
    HSCI 6600 Health Behavior and Therapeutic Exercise
    HSCI 6700 Advanced Exercise Science
    HSCI 6160 Dietary Supplements
    HSCI 6240 Advanced Concepts in Strength & Conditioning
    HSCI 6250 Strength and Conditioning Practicum (1 credit course, repeated each semester)
    HSCI XXXX Electives (1-3 courses depending on Capstone)

  • Suggested Electives

    HSCI 5050 Obesity and Weight Management
    HSCI 5060 Sport Nutrition
    HSCI 5350 Advanced Functional Human Anatomy
    HSCI 5600 Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury
    HSCI 6140 Food, Culture, Community and Health
    HSCI 5490 Exercise Considerations for Special Populations

  • Advising Contact

    Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F, FNSCA
    Helen and Arthur E. Johnson
    Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
    University of Colorado Colorado Springs
    - Associate Professor-Strength and Conditioning
    - Coordinator for Athletic Performance
    - NSCA Board of Directors- Secretary-Treasurer 2017-2019
    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jay_Dawes
    jdawes@uccs.edu
    719-255-7529

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive and has 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.  In addition to these minimums, our competitive applicants have a health related undergraduate degree, usually have their CSCS or are taking the exam prior to starting the program, have good references from strength and conditioning coaches, completed hands on experiences in strength and conditioning or personal training, and good academic references that can speak to their potential to be successful in a graduate program.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Four year U.S. Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university or its international equivalent
  • Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Undergraduate Major GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Apply online and supply the following documentation 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.
    • 3 recommendation forms (have names can emails of three references prior to starting the application process.)
    • Submit one official transcript from degree-granting institution. Transcript must include at least courses enrolled in during the final semester prior to graduation. Additional transcripts may be required to verify prerequisites or major coursework.
    • Application fee of $60.00.
    • Goal Statement
    • Resume or CV
  • Submit a Sports Medicine Statement discussing the following:
    • Your academic and professional background;
    • What lead you to pursue this graduate degree;
    • How this graduate degree will help you achieve your professional goals; and
    • How do your research interest align with our faculty's research agenda?"
  • 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 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory (does not include exercise physiology).
  • Completion of Nutrition I (3 credit) or comparable course (UCCS course HSCI 2070)
  • Completion of undergraduate Kinesiology course (3 credit)
  • Completion of undergraduate Exercise Physiology course plus lab (3 credit)
  • Completion of undergraduate Principles of Strength and Conditioning or comparable course (UCCS course HSCI 4030 or completion of CSCS)*

*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.

Mandatory Background Check

Recommended:

  •  Undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology or health related field
  • Completion of undergraduate inferential statistics such as HSCI 2060
  • Strength and conditioning practical experience
  • Certification as a CSCS or SCCC

International Applicants:
In addition to the admissions requirements above, international applicants:

  • Must take the GRE
  • May be required to participate in a Skype interview as part of the interview process to assist with English proficiency evaluation; and
  • May be required to pay for the verification of accreditation of their university transcripts.
  • Must demonstrate English proficiency by one of the following:
    • Provide evidence of a postsecondary degree from a US accredited institution or program where English is the language of instruction
    • Take the TOFEL and score 92 or higher
    • Take the IELTS and score 7 or higher
       

International students currently studying in the U.S. on F-1 visa and either applied for the optional practical training (OPT) or currently on OPT, please note, that UCCS encourages immediate internship placement which will meet the OPT requirement set forth by the visa regulation. Immediate internship participation will allow students to receive curriculum practical training eligibility upon receipt of approved internship/career placement. Internship opportunities should be discussed directly with the academic advisor and are not guaranteed until the applicant has been accepted by the academic program and UCCS.

TUITION ASSISTANCE:

  • General Scholarship Information
  • Non-Resident Scholarships
  • Out-of-State Graduate Scholarship (based on entrance GPA)
  • Out-of-State Graduate Merit Scholarship (based on entrance GPA
  • Graduate Assistant and Teaching Assistants

Graduate Assistants, Teaching Assistants & Community/Campus Partners

Graduate Assistants
The Master of Science Strength & Conditioning program does not offer graduate assistants to incoming students. We do have four GAs with UCCS Athletics. These are competitive placements for our first year students and awarded in the second year of the student's program.

Teaching Assistants
Limited teaching assistant positions 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. Grading teaching positions are also available for some lecture courses. These positions are paid per credit hour taught and do not include tuition remission or stipends. Decisions on these positions are not made until accepted applicants have confirmed that they will attend UCCS. 

Community & Campus Partners
The following agencies in the community are possibilities for students to complete the required practicum hours. All students must interview with the agency for their practicum and there are no guaranteed placements based purely on students acceptance to the Master of Science Strength & Conditioning program.

  • 365 Performance - Monument, CO
  • Carmichael Training Systems
  • Castle View High School - Castle Rock, CO
  • Colorado State University - Pueblo: Strength and Conditioning - Pueblo, CO
  • FC Boulder - Athletic Performance - Boulder, CO
  • Fort Carson - 10th SFG, THOR
  • Fort Carson - World Class Athlete Program
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Pinnacle Weightlifting
  • Pro Status Performance, Inc.
  • Redline Athletics
  • Stedman Hawkins Sports Performance - Denver, CO
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs: Center for Active Living
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs: Strength and Conditioning
  • University of Colorado: Sports Performance - Boulder, CO
  • University of Denver: Strength and Conditioning - Denver, CO
  • United States Air Force Academy: Human Performance Laboratory
  • United States Air Force Academy: Strength and Conditioning

Student & Alumni Spotlight

Publications

  • Richie Flores '17
    Dawes J.J., Flores. R.*, Orr, R.M, Lockie, R.G, Kornhauser, C.L., Holmes, R.J (2017) A physical fitness profile of state highway patrol officers by gender and age. Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2017) 29:16
  • Matt Marshall '16
    Dawes J, Marshall M*, Spiteri T. (2016) Relationship between pre-season testing performance and playing time among NCAA DII basketball players. Sport Exerc Med Open J. 2(2): 47-54
  • Robin Conroy and Brittany Brandt '16
    Dawes, J.J., Conroy, R.*, Brandt, B*, Orr, R.M., Pope, R.P. (2016) Age-Related differences in upper-body muscular endurance amongst male law enforcement officers: a comparison to civilian population norms. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning. 24(4), 23-27.  (Invited Submission)
  • Diana Crespo '17
    Dawes, J.J., Kornhauser, C., Crespo, D., Elder C.L., Lindsey, K., Holmes, R.J. (2017) Does body mass index influence the physiological and perceptual demands associated with defensive tactics training in state patrol officers? International Journal of Exercise Science (in press)·       
  • Jennifer Bero '17
    Dawes, J.J., Lindsay, K., Bero, J., Elder, C.L. Kornhauser, C., Holmes, R. (2017). Physical fitness characteristics of high versus low performers on an occupationally specific Physical Agility Test for patrol officers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. (in press)
  • Isaiah McFarland '16
    McFarland, I., Dawes, J.J., Elder, C.L., Locke, R. Relationship of two vertical jump tests to sprint and change of direction speed among male and female collegiate soccer players. Sports. 4(11)1-11. doi:10.3390/sports4010011
  • Mitchell Magrini '15
    Magrini M, Dawes JJ, Elder CL, Kluge MA. Power training and functional performance in middle aged females. International Journal of Exercise Science. 9(3):327-335.
  • Grace Sims '13
    Sims, G., Sinclair-Elder, A.J., Elder, C.L., Harris, M. (2016) Assessment of lighting safety knowledge among youth sport coaches. The Sport Journal.
  • Jenny Hunnicuttt '14
    Hunnicutt, J., Elder, C.L., Sinclair-Elder, A.J., Dawes, J.J. (2016) The effects of a plyometric training program on on-ice jump performance in collegiate figure skaters. International Journal of Exercise Science (in press) 9(2):175-186.
  • Wendy Scott '13
    Sinclair Elder, A., Scott, W., Kluge, M.A., Elder ,C.L. (2016) Cyber Ex internet-based group exercise for rural older adults: A pilot study. Activities, Adaptation & Aging. 40:1-18.
  • Robyn Kadel '13
    Kadel, R., Sinclair Elder, A., Elder, C., Dawes, J. (2016) Strength and Condition for injury prevention in collegiate goat tyers. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 38(1):51-60.
  • Erin Nelson '13 and Liana Tobin '16
    Elder, C.L., Dawes, J.J., Harris, M., Nelson, E.L. Kelly, C., Tobin, L. (2015) Perceptions of resistance training amongst female health club patrons. Journal of Sport and Human Performance. 3(3)1-11.
  • Michelle Conolly '13
    Conolly, M., Elder, C.L., Dawes, J. J. (2015) Need analysis for mountain search and rescue. Journal of Strength and Conditioning. 37(4)35-42.
  • Mary Therese Eisner '13
    Eisner, M.T., Elder, C.L., Sinclair Elder, A.J., Kelly, C. (2014) Collegiate athletes' perceptions of the importance of strength and conditioning coaches and their contribution to increased athletic performance. Journal of Athletic Enhancement. 3(4)
  • Carolyn Rockwell '14
    Dawes, J. J., Orr, R.M., Elder, C.L., Rockwell C. (2014) Association between body fatness and measures of muscular endurance among part-time SWAT officers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning. 22(4)32-36.
  • Kristen Meinz '11
    Meinz, K.J., Sinclair Elder, A.J., Elder, C.L., Hutchins, A.M. (2013) Effectiveness of myofascial release as a treatment for orthopedic conditions: a systematic review.  Manuscript submitted for publication in the Journal of Athletic Training. 48(4):522-527.
  • Rohit Shah '10
    Shah, R., Sinclair Elder, A.J. (2010) Utilization of prolotherapy for facilitation of ligament and tendon healing. Athletic Therapy Today. 15(6):25-27.  


Presentations

  • Richie Flores '17
    Dawes, J. J. , Orr, R. M. Flores, R. R. Kornhauser, C. L. Holmes, R. J. (November 2016). Percentile rankings for selected physical fitness tests in highway patrol officers International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning, Melbourne, AUS.
  • Brandon Robison '17
    Dawes, J.J., Robison, B., Elder, C.L. Differences in change of direction speed performance between higher and lower power producers among NCAA Division II soccer players. Poster Presented at: Rocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine Annual Clinical Symposium, Denver, CO, April  2016.
  • Brandon Robison '17
    Dawes, J.J., Robison, B., Elder, C.L. Differences in linear speed between higher and lower power producers among NCAA Division II soccer players. Poster Presented at: Rocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine Annual Clinical Symposium, Denver, CO, April  2016.
  • Richard Flores '17         
    Dawes, J.J., Flores, R., Nilson, C., Elder, C.L. Relationship between two jumping tests to speed, agility, and throwing speed among NCAA Division II softball players. Poster Presented at: Rocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine Annual Clinical Symposium, Denver, CO, April  2016.
  • Brittany Brandt '17
    Brandt, B., *Conroy, R., Dawes, J.J., Elder, C.L. Age differences in push-up performance amongst male law enforcement officers. Poster Presented at: 2015 NSCA National Conference, Orlando, FL, July 2015. ·   
  • Adam Garner and Mathew Marshal '17
    Garner, A., Marshall, M., Dawes, J.J., Elder, C.L. Age differences in vertical jump height performance amongst male law enforcement officers. Poster Presented at: 2015 NSCA National Conference, Orlando, FL, July 2015.
  • Lizzie Heil '16 and Liana Tobin '16
    Heil, L.L., Tobin, L., Dawes, J.J., Elder, C. L. Age differences in sit-up performance amongst male law enforcement officers. Poster Presented at: 2015 NSCA National Conference, Orlando, FL, July 2015.
  • Brittany Brandt '16 and Robin Conroy '16
    Brandt, B., Conroy, R., Dawes, J.J., Elder, C.L. Age differences in push-up performance amongst male law enforcement officers. Poster Presented at: 2015 NSCA National Conference, Orlando, FL, July 2015.
  • Adam Garner '16 and Matt Marshall '16
    Garner, A., Marshall, M., Dawes, J.J., Elder, C.L. Age differences in vertical jump height performance amongst male law enforcement officers. Poster Presented at: 2015 NSCA National Conference, Orlando, FL, July 2015.
  • Kathryn Krall '14
    Krall, K , Dawes, J.J., Elder, C.L. Relationship between linear running speed and selected measures of power and strength amongst special weapons and tactics officers.
  • Emma Osterman '15
    Ostermann, E., Dawes, J., Elder, C. Relationship between anthropometric measures and upper-body muscular endurance of Special Weapons and Tactics Team Officers. National Strength and Conditioning Association National Convention, Las Vegas, NV, July, 2014.
  • Steven Woodworth '15
    Woodworth, S., Dawes, J., Elder, C. Relationship between body composition and sustained anaerobic power among special weapons and tactics team officers. National Strength and Conditioning Association National Convention, Las Vegas, NV, July, 2014. Dawes, J. Woodworth, S. Mobility and motor control. National Strength and Conditioning Association: Movement Performance Clinic, Colorado Springs, CO, 2014.
  • John Eng '13
    Eng, J., Elder, C. Periodization programming for a block schedule. Rocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, April 2013.
  • Nick Horman '13
    Horman, N., Elder, C. Appropriate proprioceptive exercises for the ankle. Rocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, April 2013.
  • Samantha Riddle '13
    Riddle, S., Elder, C. Appropriate strength and conditioning programming for female ballet dancers. Rocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, April 2013.
  • Spenser Bowers '13
    Bowers S, Sinclair Elder, AJ. Content Analysis of Eating Disorder Polices and Procedures of Collegiate Institutions. National Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Symposium, Indianapolis, IN, June 2014. ***NATA Masters' Research Award Finalist
  • Grace Simms '12
    Sims, G, Sinclair Elder, AJ, Elder, CL, Harris, M. Assessment of Lighting Safety Knowledge Among Youth Sport Coaches. Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Symposium, Denver, CO, April 2013.
  • Brandon Romer '10
    Romer B, Fox J, Johnson D, Romer T, Sinclair A, Wimar W. Phase lengths of division-one American collegiate triple jumpers. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO 2011. Romer B, Johnson D, Romer T, Sinclair A. Phase ratios of collegiate triple jumpers. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Greenville, SC, April 2011.
  • Kara Miller '11
    Miller K, Sinclair AJ. Dismount angles of the goat tyer athlete. National Strength and Conditioning Association National Convention, Orlando, FL, June 2010.
 

International Admissions Contact

Wang Chao, MBA, PDSO/RO
International Student and Scholar Services Specialist
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

wchao@uccs.edu
001-719-255-7526