Online Master’s Degree in Fitness Management (MSFMGT)



Missouri Baptist University’s Master of Science in Fitness Management addresses the need for qualified employees in the growing health and fitness industry. A majority of careers in fitness require business skills such as managing and budgeting – students in MBU’s Fitness Management program can learn these skills and more through their coursework.

The Master’s degree in Fitness Management at Missouri Baptist University combines practical business skills with the science of exercise physiology and fitness. As students of this online Fitness Management program progress through their classroom and clinical experiences (either online or on campus), their performance is continually evaluated. As a capstone to the program, students apply knowledge and feedback to internships in coaching or rehabilitation facilities, or to community, sport, athletic and club fitness settings.

The Master’s degree in Fitness Management benefits working professionals and recent college graduates with bachelor’s degrees in the health and fitness or sport industry. Common careers in fitness that benefit from this type of Master’s degree include: personal trainers, certified athletic trainers, wellness counselors, health and physical education teachers, physical therapists, chiropractors, business owners, military personnel, and other professionals actively pursuing careers in the industry.

In addition, students in our Fitness Management degree program can choose to take courses as their schedules allow or complete the program within two years.

Proceed through MBU’s online programs on your own schedule and at your own pace as you work toward your career in fitness. We engage students in the same rigorous program they can expect from our traditional on-campus degree through a convenient online format, allowing them to keep up with outside obligations at the same time.

The cost of enrolling in Missouri Baptist University’s online Fitness Management program, compared to local private and public schools, is one of the lowest in the area. The overall cost, including tuition and fees, is highly competitive, and we also offer financial aid to eligible students.


Students solve problems, develop professionally and think creatively through projects, internships, and research. Through our Master’s degree in Fitness Management program, students explore the interdisciplinary relationships within and between athletics, fitness, sports, health and wellness, and health promotions. With this advanced education, students can become agents of change in their future careers in fitness.

For more details on this online graduate degrees at Missouri Baptist University, please contact Craig Bodenschatz, Director of Online Recruitment, at or 636.336.6576.

For students who wish to obtain graduate credit, but who don’t have time to devote to a full program of study, Missouri Baptist University offers a fitness management certificate, sport management certificate, and an exercise science certificate.

Fitness Management Certificate (12 hours)

  • EXSC 553 Fitness Management
  • KHSC 513 Chronic Disease and Obesity
  • SMGT 543 Sport Marketing
  • SMGT 563 Sport Finance

Sport Management Certificate (12 hours)

  • SMGT 523 Sport Law
  • SMGT 533 Sport Psychology
  • SMGT 563 Sport Finance
  • PHED 513 Sport Facility Management

Exercise Science Certificate (12 hours)

  • EXSC 553 Fitness Management
  • EXSC 583 Principles of Human Performance
  • KHSC 513 Chronic Disease and Obesity
  • SMGT 533 Sport Psychology

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