Master's in Strength and Conditioning

Reach your career goals.
The LaGrange College Master’s in Strength and Conditioning degrees equip students for careers in athlete development and physical preparation via two graduate tracks: the Master of Science degree and the Master of Arts degree. Graduates of the M.S. degree are ready to begin work as strength and conditioning coaches and sport performance specialists in a range of environments—from high school to the professional level. Graduates of the M.A. degree are ready to continue their careers with enhanced skills and knowledge necessary for upper level positions in strength and conditioning.

Master of Science Degree

Gain real-world experience.
The two-year Master of Science program focuses on applying research-based content in practical settings, with students having opportunities to immediately use concepts discussed in the classroom. As a participant in the program, you will be assigned a specific college sports team to design and implement strength and conditioning programs for, gaining valuable applied experience while earning your degree:

Basketball (m/f)
Cross Country (m/f)
Soccer (m/f)
Swimming (m/f)
Tennis (m/f)

Master of Arts Degree

Grow as a strength coach online.
The one and a half year, fully online Master of Art program focuses on the same research-based content as the M.S. program, but is specifically designed and tailored for full-time professional strength coaches. As a requirement for the M.A. program, you’ll need to be employed as a full-time strength and conditioning coach, so that you’ll be able to apply the knowledge learned in lecture to your athletes. For more information on the qualifications for the M.A. program, contact Dr. Chris Bellon.

About LaGrange:
Georgia's oldest private institution of higher learning, LaGrange College is located one hour south of Atlanta on Interstate 85 and is consistently ranked among the South’s top colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, LaGrange offers more than 70 areas of study with an emphasis on global engagement and service.

SPEED Center

The LaGrange program features a unique SPEED Center —Sport Performance Enhancement, Education and Development Center. The facility combines a sport science laboratory, fully functioning weight room and classroom, providing the perfect place for athletes to train, test and learn.

Learn from practicing professionals.
Our faculty brings experience as strength and conditioning coaches, sport scientists, sport psychologists, weightlifting coaches, sport coaches, researchers, personal trainers and nutritional advisors. You’ll learn from professors with academic and real-world credentials.

Use the latest tools
Learn cutting-edge athlete monitoring tools and software to track your athletes’ progression.

Athlete Monitoring and Data Display 


The program is designed to be as cost-effective and valuable as possible. Expenses for the degree include $675 per credit hour; cost is estimated to be $27,000 for the M.S. degree and $22,275 for the M.A. degree. Financial aid is available.

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Prepare to succeed

Master's in Strength & Conditioning participants

  • Work as entry- and upper-level strength and conditioning coaches and sport performance specialists.
  • Gain an edge over other job candidates through applied concepts learned in the curriculum.
  • Explore the areas of strength and conditioning, program design, sport physiology, biomechanics, methods of athlete monitoring and sport nutrition.
  • Evaluate sports in order to derive sport-specific athlete needs.
  • Analyze movements, techniques and athlete-monitoring data to create training programs and produce recommendations to enhance sport performance.
  • Create a research-based foundation for future growth as a strength and conditioning professional or for additional graduate study.
  • Learn skills necessary for reading, interpreting, collecting and producing research.
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Chris Bailey, PhD, CSCS, RSCC