Master of Strength and Conditioning

Gain the practical coaching skills, knowledge and experience needed to set yourself apart in the high performance sports environment.
1.5 years
(180 credit points = 1.5 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

The Master of Strength and Conditioning enables you to gain the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to work as a strength and conditioning coach in a high performance setting. This program is designed to help graduates acquire the necessary accreditation required to work with athletes who strive for optimum sports performance. Through tutorials and practical sessions, you will learn how to design and coach evidence-based programs for a range of team and individual sport applications. You will learn to develop and monitor training programs to meet the demands of the athlete across a range of contexts. This Masters program will equip you to conduct tests of determinant physical qualities such as strength, power, speed, agility and endurance. Other areas covered in the Master of Strength and Conditioning include recovery, nutrition, injury prevention and rehabilitation. In addition, you will gain an understanding of the research process and have the opportunity to conduct applied research in the field. You will also undertake practical placements in the sports industry to gain experience working with coaches and athletes.

Hear from program coordinators, industry professionals and current students in the Master of Strength and Conditioning video

  • Strength and conditioning coach

The program is designed to help graduates gain the attributes and the necessary accreditation to work with elite or developing athletes who strive for optimum sports performance. Graduates will be able to work in a variety of sports industry settings such as professional sports teams, Institutes or Academies of Sport, Sports programs in Schools and private strength and conditioning organisations.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Up to 16 hours per week face-to-face, but this will vary depending on the semester and elective chosen.
This program requires a total of 360 placement hours, across 104 weeks.

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry requirements (non year 12)

A bachelor degree (or higher) in either exercise science, sport science, human movement, physical education or physiotherapy and at least one course in human anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, motor learning/skill acquisition, psychology, and exercise prescription.

Extra Requirements

All applicants must provide the following information using the Additional Information form:

  • Police check.
  • Contact details of one person who can act as a referee in support of your suitability to undertake post-graduate study and/or work in the field of strength and conditioning.
  • Applicants will need to provide a statement demonstrating commitment to a career in Strength and Conditioning. Documentary evidence may include:
    • Volunteer or paid coaching experience in fitness or strength and conditioning with athletes at any level.
    • Placements/internships in strength and conditioning.
    • Qualifications attained relevant to strength and conditioning (degrees, diplomas, certificates, first aid/CPR, coaching certification and level, CSCS).
    • Conferences, workshops, seminars attended.
    • Membership of professional bodies eg. ASCA, ESSA, NSCA.
    • A written reference signed by someone who can comment on your suitability to undertake post-graduate study and/or work in the field of strength and conditioning.
    • Other professional development activities relating to strength and conditioning.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: PW9

CRICOS code: 096085G

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$14,500 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2021

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

The program is designed to enable students to gain accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (Level 2 S&C coach). This accreditation will depend on the student’s background on entry, and the outcomes of the accreditation review process.

Applications close on Friday November 27 2020

  • Applicants should be prepared for an interview by confrence call the week of December 14 2020
  • Late application enquiries should be directed to Dr Scott Talpey (



A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Course coordinator

Scott Talpey