Sports Medicine M.S.S.M. (Emphasis in Strength Conditioning)

Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours

Policies, Requirements and Standards

The Master of Science in Sports Medicine (MSSM) degree at Georgia Southern University prepares leaders for the general field of sports medicine with advanced education in either Strength & Conditioning or Advanced Athletic Training.

The MSSM provides an interdisciplinary scientific background in sport and physical activity with a significant emphasis on work-related concepts and experiences. The educational experiences are designed utilizing evidence-based research to develop leaders in the scientific and clinical aspects of Sports Medicine. 

Criminal Background Checks

Clinical agencies utilized by the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology and the Sports Medicine program may require criminal background checks and/or drug testing prior to acceptance of the student into clinical facilities. Students who do not pass the criminal background check and/or drug test may be unable to attend clinical courses and therefore may be unable to complete their Program of Study. Any fees or costs associated with background checks and/or drug testing is the responsibility of the student.

Admissions Standards

For consideration of admission to the MSSM program, the applicant must have completed an application for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at Georgia Southern University, submitted official copies of all academic transcripts related to undergraduate and graduate coursework at the time of program application, submitted official GRE scores, and prepared a formal Statement of Graduate Education Goals. Courses in statistics, research methods, anatomy and physiology are recommended. The applicant must also have:

1. Completed requirements for a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution;

2. A minimum 2.80 cumulative undergraduate GPA;

3. GRE: No less than 146 Verbal AND 141 Quantitative. See note under Admissions Examinations on page 9 about using revised GRE scores after August 1, 2011.

Note: In lieu of the above requirements, an earned doctorate or masters from a regionally-accredited institution may qualify the student for regular admission. 

Standards of Progression and Graduation

A. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years.

B. Students must satisfactorily complete a thesis or research project.

C. Students must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive assessment.

D. Students are encouraged to apply for graduation two semesters before the anticipated date of graduation. Note: A copy of the official program of study must accompany the candidate's application.

Program of Study

Credit Hours
Required Courses21
GEPH   6000Biostatistics3
SMED   6005Research Methods in Sports Medicine3
SMED   6060Exercise Physiology3
SMED   6400Fundamentals of Biomechanics and Human Movement3
SMED   7070Theory and Method of Strength & Conditioning3
SMED   7994Thesis/Professional Project in Sports Medicine I1-3
SMED   7995Thesis/Professional Project in Sports Medicine II1-3
Strength and Conditioning Emphasis9
SMED   5015GAssess/Eval Injury & Illness I3
SMED   6090Sport and Exercise Nutrition3
SMED   7075Program Design and Advanced Training Techniques3
Students can choose two of the following courses as an elective:
SMED   5065GMovement/Posture Assmnt & Exer3
SMED   5555GPhys Actvty Disease Prev/Treat3
SMED   5600GHealthy Wght Mgmt & Body Comp3
SMED   5940GInternship Strength & Conditio1-3
SMED   7050Drug & Ergogenic Aids/Spts Med3
SMED   7080Applied Sport Science3
SMED   7085Tactical Strength and Conditioning3
SMED   7225Internship in Sports Medicine1-3
SMED   7505Organizational Leadership in Sports Medicine3
SMED   7515Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology, Exercise and Rehabilitation3
SMED   7520Psychosocial Issues in Sports Medicine3
SMED   7700Self-Directed Student Research in Sports Medicine1-3
Total Credit Hours36