Prepare for Careers in Competitive Sport, Sport Administration, Exercise and Fitness, Wellness, and Health

Whether you aspire to coach elite athletes, pioneer groundbreaking research, or revolutionize fitness training, Marian University’s Program in Exercise and Sports Science will prepare you to transform lives through exercise science, physical education, and wellness.

As a student in the Exercise and Sports Science (ESS) program at Marian University, you can choose from the following degree programs:

We also help you prepare for nationally recognized professional certifications based on your academic and career goals. 

Certification Opportunities

Depending on your personal and professional goals, our expert faculty will help you prepare for a range of professional certifications. These are just a few:

Sport specific:

  • USA football: For those going into the coaching of football
  • USA track and field: For those going into the coaching of track and field

Activity specific:

  • Crossfit level I coach: For those who want to know how to coach all the movements involved in crossfit training
  • USA weightlifting: For those who want to incorporate the techniques of Olympic-style weightlifting into their coaching

Strength and conditioning:

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA): One of the most commonly desired certifications
  • Starting Strength Coach (SSC): This certification focuses solely on whole-body strength
  • Personal trainer: There are several nationally-recognized certifications available

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM):

Among the most common are:

  • Certified exercise physiologist
  • Certified clinical exercise physiologist
  • Registered clinical exercise physiologist
  • Credential in exercise medicine

For program specifics

Dr. Loren A. Bertocci
Director, Program in Exercise and Sports Science
(317) 955-6345

Contact Us

Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997
(317) 955-6000

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