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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Sport Coaching Graduate Certificate

Strength & Conditioning and Fitness Coaching (online) - Specialized Certificate

The 16-credit specialized graduate certificate in Strength & Conditioning and Fitness Coaching equips students with the most essential knowledge and skills to succeed in the field. We provide student-coaches an opportunity to receive the University of Denver's excellent teaching and mentoring in a four-quarter sequence. Students benefit from high quality, engaging online instruction from a top university known for its commitment to developing scholar-coaches. Upon completion, students have the option of transferring into our 24 credit graduate certificate in Strength & Conditioning and Fitness Coaching or our Master of Arts in Sport Coaching.

Our specialized certificate will teach you the applied knowledge and skills to design, implement, and solve real-world strength and conditioning and fitness scenarios. Check out these program features and come learn from our faculty who exemplify the scholar-coach model of applied practice.   

Program Highlights

• The first and only specialized certificate program in Strength and Conditioning in the world.
• Created and led by internationally respected coach educator and NSCA Fellow Dr. Brian Gearity.
• Program is designed to be completed in as short as 1 year, while students are able to continue working part-time or full-time.
• Students benefit from a flexible, fully online program.
• Courses designed and taught by experts in teaching, strength and conditioning, online learning, and coach education.
• Admitted students receive a substantial tuition scholarship, making this certificate program affordable for all while attending a prestigious private university.


Students complete the following required coursework, amounting to 12 credit hours:

  • Strength and Conditioning and Injury Prevention Program Design (4)
    • *Students who possess the NSCA's CSCS certification may be eligible to waive this course and substitute from the options listed below.
  • Motor Learning and Sport Pedagogy (4)
  • Biomechanics of Athletic Performance (4)

Students choose from the following elective coursework to complete a total of 4 credit hours:

  • Tactical Strength and Conditioning (2)
  • Psychology of Athletic Performance (4) 
  • Evidence-Informed S&C and Fitness (1-4)
  • Practicum in Strength and Conditioning Coaching (1-2)
    • Students have the option of working with a S&C coach mentor during the Practicum course. 
    • Students must submit proof of CPR/First Aid certification in order to enroll in the Practicum course. 

Students must maintain professional standards for strength and conditioning coaches such as those set forth by the NSCA Standards and Guidelines for Strength and Conditioning Professionals document.


Review the full admission procedure and requirements HERE.

Questions? Contact the Sport Coaching Program Manager at [email protected]


The U.S. Department of Education requires that institutions provide students with information regarding total costs for tuition and fees, graduation rates and debt-to-earnings ratios for Gainful Employment Programs (Title IV). The University of Denver has provided this information here.