Strength and Conditioning

Master of Education or Master of Science

About This Program

Admissions Contact

Rachel Ahlmeyer
Graduate Recruiter and Admissions Coordinator
School of Physical Education, Performance, and Sport Leadership
(413) 748-3383 
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Program Contact

Mary Kate Feit
Graduate Program Director for Strength and Conditioning
Department of Exercise Science Athletic Training
(413) 748-3600

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Curriculum and Delivery

  • 36-credit MEd and MS programs
  • Courses offered on campus in Springfield, Mass.
  • Course requirements

Start Dates and Duration

  • Start in September (Fall semester)
  • Courses are offered full-time
  • Complete in 2 years

Paying for Your Education

Career Opportunities

Certified Strength and Conditioning Exam Pass Rate

Our current NCSA exam pass rate is 96%.

Upcoming Events

The 50th Anniversary of The Karpovich Lecture
Exercise Physiology Research at Springfield College: Then and Now
October 11, 2023, 6:30 p.m. EST
Register for the Karpovich Lecture

Graduate Open House
Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Noon or 5:30 p.m. EST

Strength and Conditioning Virtual Information Session
Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. EST

Strength and Conditioning In-Person Open House
Monday, November 20, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. EST

Strength and Conditioning Virtual Information Session
Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. EST

Strength and Conditioning Virtual Information Session
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. EST

Springfield College Strength and Conditioning students in group huddle

The MEd/MS in Strength and Conditioning at Springfield College prepares you to work with athletes as a strength and conditioning coach in secondary schools, collegiate and professional programs, and private settings. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to design physiologically sound programs that enhance athletic performance, as well as the coaching skills needed to implement the programs. To ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running when you graduate, you’ll complete multiple fieldwork experiences and study from a coursework that is relevant, practical, and based on research.

The strength and conditioning program is the first graduate program to receive accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Programs (CASCE). CASCE accreditation signifies a commitment to the highest standards of excellence, credibility, professionalism, and safety for strength and conditioning students, educational institutions, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) professionals, and their athletes.


Passion to Career

Strength and conditioning graduate student Simone Morin talks about how she turned a passion for the field into a career path.

Recently, Morin received a scholarship from the National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation’s Women’s Scholarship.

She currently serves as a graduate assistant in the Springfield College strength and conditioning room, working with various athletic teams and gaining valuable hands-on experience.

Looking for an academic experience like Morin’s?

How to Apply


  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Statistics
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Selected Skills and Techniques

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the FREE online application: Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials and instructions for submitting supplemental materials as listed below.
  2. Essay: In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 
  3. Resume: Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member or direct supervisor: Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
  5. Transcripts: An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to or mailed to the college address: 

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The staff in the Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:

  • Application & Supporting Materials Deadline: August 15

International Students:

  • Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: May 1

Strength and Conditioning Facility

Do you want to graduate with an experience-filled resume? Our strength and conditioning students apply their knowledge and gain experience at our strength and conditioning facility while they take classes.

A student works out with weights in the strength and conditioning facility.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Let us help you make your graduate education as affordable as possible.

Student Employment

Work on our campus to earn money while pursuing your graduate degree.

Employee Partnerships

Employees of our partnerships are eligible to receive a $5,000 or $10,000 partner grant.