Prepare to train collegiate, semi-pro, or professional athletes or fitness professionals with a master of science in exercise—sports performance degree from Lebanon Valley College

Meet a growing need for fitness professionals.

Recent growth in the healthcare and fitness industries has created a deficit in qualified sport performance professionals to train the broad spectrum of fitness levels in today’s population. Lebanon Valley College’s master of science in sport performance degree will prepare you to train clients of all ages and abilities, as well as patient populations. Train collegiate, semi-pro, or professional athletes, first responders, or fitness professionals.

You’ll achieve Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) certification before your internship placement, which will promote advanced training in enhanced sports performance, strength coaching, and as a fitness specialist.

Complete the coursework in just one year, or, if you’re working full-time, take courses in sequence and draw on your current work experience to complete your internship requirement. Courses are delivered via seven-week online classes and two residency weekends.

Learn in labs and facilities that rival those at research institutions and medical centers.

LVC is proud to be one of the only colleges of its size in Pennsylvania with a fully-integrated motion analysis system to support this work. Housed in the College’s acclaimed Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, the Lewis Human Performance Lab rivals those found in larger academic research institutions, research labs in academic medical centers, and research and development facilities in the exercise/fitness industry. The Lewis Human Performance Lab and accompanying Exercise Physiology Lab facilitate faculty research in areas of human performance and support collaborative student-faculty research. 

Career Opportunities Abound

Open the door to work in the corporate wellness and fitness industries, with NCAA collegiate athletes, or alternative athletes such as military, first responders, and masters athletes. Or, use the degree as a professional learning opportunity and reinforce your work as a high school coach or physical education teacher.

Students identify a 300-hour internship to meet their career development goals. Your faculty, along with career coaches in LVC’s Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success, will guide you throughout your internship and career journey.

Graduate Assistantship

The Sport Performance Master’s program is offering a unique in-person Graduate Assistant (GA) position starting fall 2021. The GA will support LVC's Strength and Conditioning program by assisting with supervision, set-up, and coaching of assigned student-athletes and communication with head sport coaches and athletic training staff as needed to address individual student-athlete needs. Applicants must hold an undergraduate/graduate degree with a minimum 3.0 CGPA in exercise science or related field and be fully accepted in the M.S. in Sport Performance program. Selection preference will be given to individuals holding either CSCCa-SCCC and/or NSCA-CSCS certifications. 

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I am pursuing the Sport Performance track. I’ve always been passionate about exercise and did my undergrad in an exercise science related field. I really like all of the professors I had so far, and I have enjoyed all the courses as well. I like being able to work at my own pace, but also being able to work with the professors as needed for extra help/guidance.

Marena Simington