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Strength and Conditioning (B.S. and MSES) | Dual-Degree 4+1


Earn Your B.S./M.S. in Exercise Science Dual-Degree 4+1 program

At Saint Xavier University, it has never been more convenient to pursue both an undergraduate degree and graduate degree that will take your career to the next level. Earn your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science in Exercise Science (MSES) in as little time as possible. The program engages transformative leadership practice to promote health and wellness across the lifespan. Students utilize critical appraisal techniques to develop an evidence-based practice approach in decision-making.


On-Campus and Online

Program Length

Five years complete B.S. and MSES

Credit Hours

36 to 39 Credit Hours *Depending on the student's choice of a scholarly project

Important Dates

Next Start Term: Spring I - January 13, 2025

Online Info Sessions


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Why Earn Your MSES?

This advanced degree will help those seeking to further their knowledge in science and application and set themselves up for employment and job security. A master's degree and National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification (NSCA-CSCS) are the minimum requirements for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), National Football League (NFL), and National Basketball Association (NBA). Many strength and conditioning coaches also perform teaching duties, for which a master's degree is a minimum qualification.

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About the Program

SXU is proud to offer a B.S./M.S. in Exercise Science Dual-Degree 4+1 program. This program is designed for students who would like to take advantage of completing both an undergraduate and graduate degree in less time than it would take to complete the two degrees separately.

Currently enrolled students in their senior year at SXU can apply and begin their MSES in their final semester. Students have the opportunity to finish their MSES in 10.5 months. In total, the program provides students the opportunity to earn a B.S. and MSES in as little as five years with up to six (6) hours of graduate coursework being accepted as undergraduate coursework.

Concurrent coursework


Student's with undergraduate majors in health care-related fields at SXU will be able to participate in the 4+1 option. Currently enrolled students in their senior year at SXU can apply and begin their MSES courses in their final semester. 


Both the undergraduate and graduate courses are taught by content experts within the field of exercise science and strength and conditioning. This includes high-quality faculty who not only hold a terminal degree but also have been or are current practitioners. Having faculty who practice the craft provides value to students as they are being taught how to be content experts within the allied health field and in the concentration of strength and conditioning.

The Master of Science in Exercise Science courses that are considered the core are interdisciplinary based and focus on research methods, ethics, curriculum development, behavior psychology, information technology and culture, communication and ethics.

Admission Requirements and Process

Qualified applicants for the Masters of Science in Exercise Science program must have graduated from an accredited baccalaureate program with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants will be required to provide the following:

    • A completed Graduate Student Application for Master of Science in Exercise Science. After submitting an application, you will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours (check your spam). Within several business days, a representative from the Office of Graduate Admission will provide you with guidelines for submitting the required supplemental documents. There is no application fee.
    • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
    • Official transcript(s) from bachelor degree granting institution, plus any other institution where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed regardless of degree completed or not.

Application Deadlines:

Applications are on a rolling basis with a final application deadline for each fall semester on July 31.

Admission Decision:

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences Graduate Admission Recognition and Progression Committee make admission decisions based on the criteria outlined above, as well as the quality of previous coursework and demonstrated potential for a productive career in advanced nursing practice.

Transfer Credits:

MSES students may request credit transfer for courses completed at other accredited institutions prior to enrollment at Saint Xavier University. Subject to faculty approval, a maximum of six credit hours of non-clinical courses earned elsewhere may be accepted toward completion of graduate degree requirements in the MSES program. This request must be made formally, in writing, after the student's admission into the graduate program. See the Saint Xavier University graduate academic catalog for further details.

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