Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee,
Date of First Reading: March 29, 2021
Date of Second Reading: April 26, 2021
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Health Solutions – Dean’s Office - for the establishment of a graduate degree – MS in Strength and Conditioning
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: This proposed MS in Strength and Conditioning degree program will enable ASU to be recognized and ranked nationally as the standard for education in the strength and conditioning field, fulfilling the University mission for national standing in education. Additionally, this degree program will fulfill requirements for graduates to obtain advanced level certification through the NSCA and prepare students to sit for the Certified Performance and Sport Scientist (CPSS) certification exam. The field of strength and conditioning focuses on understanding and optimizing physical abilities for active groups including athletic and tactical populations. The ability to work with individuals at close to maximum effort requires specialized knowledge and skills related to these specific populations.
Graduates of this degree will be able to appropriately tailor programs to the need of the individual and will receive practical experience to hone their coaching skills and motivate individuals to achieve higher workloads and improved performance. The MS in Strength and Conditioning will prepare students to become leaders in sports performance and will utilize college connections in the growing field of athletics and performance.