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2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Human Performance, M.S.

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Advisement for the program is available from the Health Sciences  School. 

The Master of Science (M.S.) in health and human performance offered at the Salisbury University and Universities at Shady Grove campuses is a professional degree program designed to prepare leaders in the fields of health care, wellness and fitness. The program offers three possible areas of focus: cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and fitness/wellness. The program provides academic preparation for students seeking certification by the American College of Sports Medicine as exercise physiologists (CEP or EP) or by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS). The academic coursework prepares students for careers in health care settings such as hospitals, youth and geriatric centers, state and local health departments, corporate wellness programs, and universities and private facilities as strength and conditioning coaches. The academic and clinical faculty members provide multiple opportunities for hands-on experience in addition to traditional classroom interactions.

Program of Study

  • Complete 36 credit hours, of which a minimum of 30 credit hours are earned at SU.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA no lower than 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours below a grade of B and no grade lower than a C. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation according to University policy.
  • A maximum of two course repetitions for the purpose of grade improvement is allowed.

Program Admission

  1. Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) in health and human performance at SU requires:
    1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be considered.
    2. Completion of an application for graduate studies.
    3. Payment of the application fee.
    4. Submission of official transcript(s) from all colleges/ universities attended.
    5. Two academic letters of recommendation.
    6. One-page personal letter stating career goals(s).
    7. For international students, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. Contact program for further information.
    8. To satisfy internship site-specific requirements before internship, student should anticipate providing proof of:
      1. recent tuberculin skin test; proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella; documentation of hepatitis B vaccination; proof of in-season influenza vaccination; and a current physical examination.
      2. professionally obtained background investigation
      3. professionally obtained drug screening
      4. professional liability insurance
  2. Prerequisite undergraduate coursework for all candidates includes:
    1. Human Anatomy and Physiology (eight credit hours, e.g. BIOL 215  & BIOL 216 )
    2. Exercise Physiology (four credit hours, e.g. EXSC 344 )
    3. Kinesiology or Biomechanics (four credit hours, e.g. EXSC 333 )

Please Note:

  • Equivalent transfer (from another institution) coursework will be evaluated for satisfying prerequisites prior to admission. Students lacking prerequisite coursework may be granted provisional admission by agreeing to complete prerequisite coursework within the first year of the program.
  • A Residency/Domicile Information Form needs to be completed for in-state tuition status.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

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