Fitness programming and management

Bachelor of science University of Missouri-Columbia
Fitness barbells stacked on rubber floor mats

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Courses for this program are 100% online: no campus visits are required.

Your degree requires 120 credit hours, which may include transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions.

The courses you take will include:

Transfer students

The number of credits you need to take will depend on the type of previous credit earned and the institutions' accreditation and transfer equivalencies. The admissions office will determine your transfer credit once they receive your official transcripts and application. Visit the University of Missouri Course Equivalency site to determine credit equivalencies from courses taken at other institutions.

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The chart below shows the courses offered in this program. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


Students will work closely with faculty to develop a capstone project. This interaction and hands-on experience will increase engagement and retention. Use of virtual classroom technology and simulation will be employed to bring our world-class faculty directly to students. 

Upon completion of this academic program and as part of the student’s capstone project, the student will be required to sit for the ACSM Personal Training Certification.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri-Columbia be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

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This program is administered by the Department of Physical Therapy