Health Sciences

Master of Science in Sports Medicine


The Master of Science in Sports Medicine - Strength and Conditioning emphasis curriculum is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as meeting the criteria for acceptance into the National Strength and Conditioning Recognition Program. Specifically the program at ASU meets curricular and experiential competencies for Recognition in Research. As part of the program, students are mentored through the completion of an applied capstone research project.

During residency, a majority of our students are involved with presenting research at national meetings:

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • National Athletic Trainers Association.

Many of the research projects are also submitted for publication in professional journals such as:  

  • International Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Journal of Athletic Training
  • International Journal of Exercise Science

Having the experience of not only conducting a research project but also the opportunity and encouragement of taking the research completely through the dissemination (presentation and publication) process provides graduates an enhanced ability to evaluate research as it relates to future developments in sports medicine.

A unique feature of our program is the interdisciplinary faculty. Courses, practical experience and research projects involve full-time and part-time faculty with specialties in:

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Athletic training
  • Exercise physiology
  • Sports/orthopedic/cardiac rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Engineering
  • Medical technology
  • Computer-based applications
  • Respiratory physiology
  • International education

Using an interdisciplinary faculty ensures that students are not only educated from a variety of perspectives but also have practical experiences in a variety of settings such as medical technology, physical and respiratory therapy, and cadaver laboratories.  

You will have access to the Biodynamics Center during coursework and completion of your research projects. Opened in January 2008, the 2,800 square foot Biodynamics Center is dedicated to studying the prevention, evaluation and treatment of movement related disease and injury across the lifespan. Instrumentation contained within the Center include:

  • Motion analysis
  • Forceplates
  • Eight-channel electromyography unit
  • Muscle dynamometers
  • Dedicated data acquisition and processing computers
  • Metabolic cart
  • Treadmill
  • Body composition measurement instruments 

Career Opportunities

A Master of Science in Sports Medicine can lead to careers in athletic training, professional strength and conditioning, coaching, sports nutrition, worksite fitness and safety, and sports psychology. Sports Medicine graduates will be able to expand their abilities in the area of practice in which they are already working. These graduates may also be able to expand their abilities into new areas of practice. In addition, this program will provide the foundations for advanced certification in sports medicine and related fields and will provide the education to consider further study at the doctoral level.

Advanced degrees in sports medicine are in demand because athletes at the professional, college, and high school level continue to advance, and also as the popularity of personal trainers and sport nutritionists continues to rise. Over the next decade, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that job opportunities for fitness and recreation professionals, and athletes and coaches will continue to grow.


Program Admission Criteria

Regular Admission:

Bachelor's degree
A minimum 2.85 cum undergrad grade point average
GRE no less than 146 Verbal and 142 Quantitative
Letter of Intent

Program of Study

Required Courses (21 hours)

SMED 5060G Physiological Foundations of Sports and Physical Activity
SMED 7400 Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement and Musculoskeletal Injury
SMED 7070 Theory and Methodology of Strength and Conditioning
PUBH 6000 Biostatistics
SMED 6005 Research Methods in Sports Medicine
SMED 7990 Thesis/Professional Project in Sports Medicine I
SMED 7995 Thesis/Professional Project in Sports Medicine II

Strength and Conditioning Concentration (12 hours)

SMED 5005 Musculoskeletal Basis of Exercise
SMED 5015 Assessment and Evaluation of Musculoskeletal Injuries
SMED 6080G Performance Evaluation and Exercise Testing
SMED 7075 Program Design and Advanced Training Technologies

Advanced Athletic Training Concentration (12 hours)

SMED 5055G Pathophysiology of Sports-related Illness and Injury
SMED 7010 Injury Prevention and Risk Management in Sports Medicine
PUBH 6100 Epidemiology
SMED 7500 Special Topics in Sports Medicine (Advanced Evaluation and Rehab)

Electives (3 hours from the following list):

SMED 5065 Movement and Posture Assessment and Exercise
SMED 5090G Nutritional Issues in Sports Medicine
SMED 5555G Physical Activity in Disease Prevention/Treatment
PEEC 5580G Physical Activity and the Older Adult
PEEC 5600G Healthy Weight Management
SMED 5940G Internship Strength and Conditioning
SMED 7050 Drugs and Ergogenic Aids in Sports Medicine
SMED 7700 Self-Directed Student Research in Sports Medicine
SMED 7520 Psychosocial Issues in Sports Medicine and Physical Activity
SMED 7250 Internship in Sports Medicine
SMED 7515 Cardiopulmonary and Pathophysiology, Exercise and Rehab

Application Process

All applicants must apply through Graduate Admissions. For more information about the application process and application forms, contact:

Graduate Admissions

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Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator Certification (TSAC-F)