On November 14, 2016, the M.S. in Applied Exercise Science program received notice of meeting specific criteria and was approved as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Recognized Graduate Strength and Conditioning Program.
The recognition comes less than a year after the new M.S. program was reconfigured from its first offering in 2003. Dr. Randall Gearhart, AU professor and exercise science program director, stresses the program is the only graduate program recognized as an Education Recognition Program (ERP) by the NSCA in Ohio. This is the third time the program has been evaluated for recognition by the NSCA, but the first time for the M.S. in Applied Exercise Science degree. The M.S. degree is nearing the end of its first year admitting students, which has seen a significant increase in student enrollment.
The NSCA ERP Graduate Strength and Conditioning Program recognizes and distinguishes colleges and universities with standardized, approved graduate strength and conditioning curricula designed to prepare students for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning (CSCS®) certification.