About us

Founded as a teachers’ education college in 1864, Concordia University Chicago today is a comprehensive liberal art and graduate university in River Forest under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Daniel Lee Gard.

With more than 5,000 full-time students, Concordia offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs and more than 60 areas of study through its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Graduate Studies and Innovation and Professional Programs.

The College of Innovation and Professional Programs has been specifically structured and staffed to meet the needs of today’s graduate-level students who:

  • Seek a nationally respected, advanced degree program that fully recognizes their undergraduate accomplishments.
  • Require non-traditional and flexible scheduling and teaching options, including extensive online and correspondence learning opportunities.
  • Prefer curricula content that is immediately applicable to demanding, real-world workforce demands.
  • Appreciate the unique advantages of being assigned a personal “concierge” who provides tailored degree and course evaluation advice, in addition to guidance in selecting financial support and scheduling alternatives.
  • Value the importance of being able to balance family and work responsibilities with their pursuit of an advanced degree.

Our programs

Concordia University Chicago, in partnership with NASM, is now accepting applications for the Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science degree with the following concentrations:

  • Fitness and Health Promotion
  • Human Movement Science
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Performance Training
Graduate Programs Highlights:
  • 100% online graduate level courses
  • 30 credits in the program composed of 10, 8-week courses
  • Affordable tuition rates, guaranteed throughout the entire program
  • Guaranteed small class sizes, generally 12 to 18 students
  • NASM credentials offered: CES, CPT, & PES
    • Human Movement Science students achieve the NASM CES credential
    • Sports Performance Training students achieve the NASM PES credential
    • Fitness and Healthy Promotion students achieve the NASM CPT credential at the completion
  • Sports Nutrition students complete their Certification with the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN)
  • Concordia University is a regionally-accredited institution qualified to offer federal financial aid to students

Overview

Our graduate degree programs, many of which are among the nation’s largest, prepare leaders with master’s degrees in fields as diverse as community counseling and gerontology, to religion, social services and a range of specialized studies within education, including educational technology.

The University’s postmasters programs include doctoral programs in early childhood education, school leadership, organizational leadership and higher education, and sports management…and a combined certificate and MBA program for school business managers – the first program of its kind in the nation.

In addition to its innovative graduate programs, the University further provides a broad range of on and off-campus programs benefiting the workforce professional through the Institute of Professional Studies.

The accelerated degree program (ADP) for adults, serving highly motivated adults with at least two years of full-time work experience who need a non-traditional college attendance option, responds to the requirements of students balancing their studies with work and family responsibilities.

Through our program, these students can complete a Bachelor of Arts degree, guided by faculty and staff who are sincerely dedicated to their success as individuals.

In addition to degree programs, the University further offers certificate programs for working professionals in human resource management, information technology management, organizational processes, piano pedagogy and athletic coaching.

Finally, our unique 55+ College Program – a non-degree track program for those aged fifty-five and older – enables eligible seniors to audit virtually any course Concordia offers for personal enrichment and the pursuit of special interests.

Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission

All programs are offered 100% online and are not eligible for student visas.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

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Concordia University Chicago - Exercise Science Graduate Degree Online Programs

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An undergraduate degree in kinesiology provides students with a fundamental background in health promotion and disease prevention. Over the last thirty years, the rates of obesity and chronic disease have been rising rapidly in both adults and children. An undergraduate program in kinesiology will prepare students to work to curb the national obesity epidemic, improve human movement function, and meet the needs of aging individuals.

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ACCELERATE YOUR CAREER WITH OUR ONLINE EXERCISE SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM

The Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science program was designed in partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). The five distinct concentrations prepare individuals for certification exams with NASM, ISSN, and NSCA. Students enrolled in our online masters of exercise science graduate program may pursue multiple concentrations concurrently and still complete the program in as little as a year and a half.

WHY PURSUE A FITNESS AND HEALTH PROMOTION DEGREE CONCENTRATION FROM CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO?

The Fitness and Health Promotion concentration was designed to meet the needs of individuals who are currently working in or hoping to enter into a career in the health and fitness industry. This strand prepares individuals for the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) credential, which can lead to a job in a rapidly expanding field. According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, employment opportunities are expected to increase by 24% through 2020, and the field is expected to add more than 60,000 jobs over that time.... [-]

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Concordia University Chicago - Exercise Science Graduate Degree Online Programs

With injuries becoming increasingly more common, injury prevention is a critical part of working with any athletes. The Human Movement Science degree concentration will g ... [+]

ACCELERATE YOUR CAREER WITH OUR ONLINE EXERCISE SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM

The Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science program was designed in partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). The five distinct concentrations prepare individuals for certification exams with NASM, ISSN, and NSCA. Students enrolled in our online masters of the exercise science graduate program may pursue multiple concentrations concurrently and still complete the program in as little as a year and a half.

WHY PURSUE A HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE DEGREE CONCENTRATION FROM CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO?

With injuries becoming increasingly more common, injury prevention is a critical part of working with any athletes. The Human Movement Science degree concentration will give students the knowledge to develop injury prevention programs and teach students how to help athletes improve functional capacity and correct faulty movement patterns.... [-]

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Concordia University Chicago - Exercise Science Graduate Degree Online Programs

This strand prepares individuals for Certified Sports Nutrition (CISSN) exam from the International Society of Sports Nutrition. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates ... [+]

ACCELERATE YOUR CAREER WITH OUR ONLINE EXERCISE SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM

The Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science program was designed in partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). The five distinct concentrations prepare individuals for certification exams with NASM, ISSN, and NSCA. Students enrolled in our online masters of the exercise science graduate program may pursue multiple concentrations concurrently and still complete the program in as little as a year and a half.

WHY PURSUE A SPORTS NUTRITION DEGREE CONCENTRATION FROM CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO?

This strand prepares individuals for Certified Sports Nutrition (CISSN) exam from the International Society of Sports Nutrition. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the job outlook for dietitians and nutritionists will be rosy, increasing by 20%. Additionally, those who take the exam can open doors in personal training and the food, beverage, and supplement industry.... [-]

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The Sports Performance and Training concentration was designed for coaches, athletic trainers and other sports professionals who work with all levels of athletes from hig ... [+]

ACCELERATE YOUR CAREER WITH OUR ONLINE EXERCISE SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM

The Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science program was designed in partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). The five distinct concentrations prepare individuals for certification exams with NASM, ISSN, and NSCA. Students enrolled in our online masters of exercise science graduate program may pursue multiple concentrations concurrently and still complete the program in as little as a year and a half.

WHY PURSUE A SPORTS PERFORMANCE TRAINING DEGREE CONCENTRATION FROM CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO?

The Sports Performance and Training concentration was designed for coaches, athletic trainers and other sports professionals who work with all levels of athletes from high school players up through Olympic competitors. This strand prepares individuals for the Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) exam.... [-]

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ACCELERATE YOUR CAREER WITH OUR ONLINE EXERCISE SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM

The Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science program was designed in partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). The five distinct concentrations prepare individuals for certification exams with NASM, ISSN, and NSCA. Students enrolled in our online masters of the exercise science graduate program may pursue multiple concentrations concurrently and still complete the program in as little as a year and a half.

WHY PURSUE A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING DEGREE CONCENTRATION FROM CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO?

The Strength and Conditioning concentration was designed for current practitioners, aspiring strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers and athletic performance coaches. Our comprehensive program exceeds the requirements for the standard National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification and will prepare students for advanced certifications.... [-]

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The Ph.D. in Leadership – Health & Human Performance is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to prepare students to pursue academic, clinical, leadership, and/or research roles in the fields of health promotion, exercise science, kinesiology, human performance, and other related disciplines. The program has a strong research orientation and aims to develop outstanding scholars and researchers who create and disseminate new knowledge about issues arising out of the intersection of physical activity, health promotion, and human performance.

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The EdD in Leadership – Health & Human Performance is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to prepare students to pursue academic, clinical, leadership, and/or research roles in the fields of health promotion, exercise science, kinesiology, human performance, and other related disciplines. The program emphasizes a rigorous application of evidenced-based research, assessment, and scholarship as the basis for identifying and addressing issues arising out of the intersection of physical activity, health promotion, and human performance. The 61 credit hour program includes coursework in leadership, health, exercise science, research, statistics and a 9 credit hour dissertation requirement.... [-]

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