Apr 19, 2021  
2017-2018 General Catalog 

Master of Science in Sports Conditioning and Performance (M.S.S.C.P.)

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Program Information

Director: Mark DeBeliso
PE 207 ~ (435)586-7812

Administrative Assistant: Joan Anderson
PE 217 ~ (435) 586-7816

Website:  http://www.suu.edu/ed/pe/master.html

Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Sports Conditioning and Performance (M.S.S.C.P.)  

Overview of Program

The Master of Science Sports Conditioning and Performance degree is an innovative approach to meet the needs of coaches, physical educators, personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, physical therapists, athletic trainers and other fitness professionals. This degree offers extensive online course work in sports conditioning enabling professionals to design safe and effective exercise and conditioning programs. Three intensive summer courses will require students to attend clinical workshops on campus at SUU for 2 weeks.

Students applying for this degree program will be selected based on the applicant’s prior experience, academic success, letters of recommendation, personal motivation, and graduate admission examinations (Graduate Record Exam or Millers Analogies). Once admitted, candidates have six years to complete the degree.


The mission of the MSSCP Program is to provide graduate students with educational knowledge and skills to enhance the practical application of strength and conditioning.

Department/Program Learning Outcomes

Students in the MSSCP Program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a command of content knowledge commensurate with a professional holding a Master’s Degree.
  2. Apply their content knowledge and skills to think critically and ethically in examining issues and solving problems associated with the discipline.
  3. Interpret, evaluate, synthesize and apply the professional literature of the discipline.
  4. Effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, in academic and professional settings.
  5. Demonstrate behaviors that are consistent with professional ethical standards.

Other Information

Conditional Admission

Master Degree applicants who do not meet minimum requirements may be admitted for one semester on a conditional basis. The PEHP Department will either admit or drop the student from degree-seeking status at the end of the probationary period.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to 12 graduate credit hours if they align with current course content.

A $15.00 readmission fee will apply if over one year has elapsed since last class registration. New letters of recommendation and graduate entrance exams are not required.

Master of Science in Sports Conditioning & Performance Application & Admission Requirements that differ from the General Application and Admission Guidelines

  Application deadline dates for the Master of Science in Sports Conditioning and Performance Program are as follows:
  Deadline Date   Begin Coursework
  July 15   Fall semester
  October 15   Spring semester
  February 15   Summer semester


  1. Candidates must meet one of the following criteria: A) have a baccalaureate degree with a major or minor in physical education, exercise science or sports medicine; B) have a baccalaureate degree and be a licensed or certified fitness professional (CSCS, NSCA-CPT, ACSM-CPT, ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor. Must provide copy of certification); or C) have a baccalaureate degree and have completed undergraduate courses in exercise physiology and biomechanics.
  2. Do not use SUU PEHP professors as references for the reference forms.


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