Master of Science in Sports Medicine

Exercise and sports are increasingly popular and the healthcare field of sports medicine is growing fast. Our Master of Science in Sports Medicine (MScSM) program is designed for students who want to apply integrative medicine principles to the care and support of athletes and active individuals. Our students are trained to make holistic recommendations that address injury prevention and rehabilitation, and also encourage appropriate nutritional support, accommodate personal health challenges, and promote the client’s goals and values. Students also receive practical experience in athletic training, athletic rehabilitation, and clinical sports medicine to reinforce skills learned in didactic courses.

The MScSM program trains students in master’s level, evidence-based sports medicine by offering courses that cater to multiple career paths. Our graduates are prepared for careers in sports medicine consulting or research, fitness instruction, and community exercise program development. Medical professionals (ND, MD, DO, DC, LAc, etc.) will be able to develop a specialty in sports medicine for their practice.

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Program Options

The Master of Science in Sports Medicine program may be taken concurrently with the following programs.

  • MScSM

    Admissions Requirements for MScSM

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    Biology * 2 One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    Biochemistry * 1
    Mathematics * 1 Must be in algebra or statistics.
    Social Sciences * 1 One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
    • Biology * — 2 Courses
      One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    • Biochemistry * — 1 Course
    • Mathematics * — 1 Course
      Must be in algebra or statistics.
    • Social Sciences * — 1 Course
      One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScSM Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Sports Medicine #1

      If you have had a sports-related injury, how did the recovery process affect your view of sports medicine? Or, if you have not had a sport-related injury, describe how you have approached injury prevention in your exercise plan.

    • Sports Medicine #2

      Describe how sports or fitness plays a role in your life. How has your athletic practice/personal experience of sports or fitness influenced how you view sports medicine?

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScSM*
    Credits 37
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $15,614
    Fees** $410
    Total $16,024

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScSM program.

    Total MScSM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      48

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      64

  • ND/MScSM

    Admissions Requirements for ND/MScSM

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology * 2 Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
    General Chemistry * 4 Science-major level. Two sequential courses in organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required.
    General Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics * 1 Must be in algebra or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 2 Courses
      Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
    • General Chemistry * — 4 Courses
      Science-major level. Two sequential courses in organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required.
    • General Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics * — 1 Course
      Must be in algebra or statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MScSM Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • ND #2

      While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc. (maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

    • Sports Medicine #1

      If you have had a sports-related injury, how did the recovery process affect your view of sports medicine? Or, if you have not had a sport-related injury, describe how you have approached injury prevention in your exercise plan.

    • Sports Medicine #2

      Describe how sports or fitness plays a role in your life. How has your athletic practice/personal experience of sports or fitness influenced how you view sports medicine?

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
    Credits 82.75
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $34,921
    Fees** $1,750
    Total $36,671

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total ND Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      286

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      302

    Total MScSM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      48

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      64

  • DSOM/MScSM

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MScSM

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    Biology * 2 One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    Biochemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics * 1 Must be in algebra or statistics.
    Social Sciences * 1 One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
    Humanities 1
    • Biology * — 2 Courses
      One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    • Biochemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics * — 1 Course
      Must be in algebra or statistics.
    • Social Sciences * — 1 Course
      One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MScSM Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • Sports Medicine #1

      If you have had a sports-related injury, how did the recovery process affect your view of sports medicine? Or, if you have not had a sport-related injury, describe how you have approached injury prevention in your exercise plan.

    • Sports Medicine #2

      Describe how sports or fitness plays a role in your life. How has your athletic practice/personal experience of sports or fitness influenced how you view sports medicine?

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
    Credits 56.75
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $23,949
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $25,516

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total DSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      255

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      265

    Total MScSM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      48

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      64

  • MScGH/MScSM

    Admissions Requirements for MScGH/MScSM

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    Biology * 2 One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    Biochemistry * 1
    Mathematics * 1 Must be in algebra or statistics.
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences * 1 One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
    • Biology * — 2 Courses
      One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    • Biochemistry * — 1 Course
    • Mathematics * — 1 Course
      Must be in algebra or statistics.
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.
    • Social Sciences * — 1 Course
      One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScGH/MScSM Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MScGH #1

      How do you intend to use global health in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScGH #2

      Describe your background in health, social justice, international studies, or other background information that you think is relevant to your interest in the MScGH program. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScGH #3

      What is the most interesting thing that you (individually) or the U.S. (collectively) could do to improve global health in the next 10 years? Name the problem and solve it. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • Sports Medicine #1

      If you have had a sports-related injury, how did the recovery process affect your view of sports medicine? Or, if you have not had a sport-related injury, describe how you have approached injury prevention in your exercise plan.

    • Sports Medicine #2

      Describe how sports or fitness plays a role in your life. How has your athletic practice/personal experience of sports or fitness influenced how you view sports medicine?

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScGH*
    Credits 62
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $26,164
    Fees** $7,910
    Total $34,074

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScGH program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total MScGH Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      50

    • Elective credits

      12

    • Total required credits

      62

    Total MScSM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      48

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      64

  • MSiMR/MScSM

    Admissions Requirements for MSiMR/MScSM

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.2 or higher

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    Biology * 2 One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    Biochemistry * 1
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences * 1 One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
    • Biology * — 2 Courses
      One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    • Biochemistry * — 1 Course
    • Mathematics — 2 Courses
      Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.
    • Social Sciences * — 1 Course
      One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MSiMR/MScSM Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MSiMR #1

      What interests you about integrative medicine research? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR #2

      Describe your background in research, research-related interests or career goals. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • Sports Medicine #1

      If you have had a sports-related injury, how did the recovery process affect your view of sports medicine? Or, if you have not had a sport-related injury, describe how you have approached injury prevention in your exercise plan.

    • Sports Medicine #2

      Describe how sports or fitness plays a role in your life. How has your athletic practice/personal experience of sports or fitness influenced how you view sports medicine?

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MSiMR*
    Credits 38
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $16,036
    Fees** $1,250
    Total $17,286

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MSiMR program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      60

    • Elective credits

      8

    • Total required credits

      68

    Total MScSM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      48

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      64

  • MScN/MScSM

    Admissions Requirements for MScN/MScSM

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    Biology * 2 One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    Biochemistry * 1
    Mathematics * 1 Must be in algebra or statistics.
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences * 1 One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
    • Biology * — 2 Courses
      One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    • Biochemistry * — 1 Course
    • Mathematics * — 1 Course
      Must be in algebra or statistics.
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.
    • Social Sciences * — 1 Course
      One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScN/MScSM Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MScN #1

      Describe your background in nutrition, nutrition-related interests, and your philosophy around nutrition. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScN #2

      How do you intend to use nutrition in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • Sports Medicine #1

      If you have had a sports-related injury, how did the recovery process affect your view of sports medicine? Or, if you have not had a sport-related injury, describe how you have approached injury prevention in your exercise plan.

    • Sports Medicine #2

      Describe how sports or fitness plays a role in your life. How has your athletic practice/personal experience of sports or fitness influenced how you view sports medicine?

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScN*
    Credits 38
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $16,036
    Fees** $1,910
    Total $17,946

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScN program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total MScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      49

    • Elective credits

      15

    • Total required credits

      64

    Total MScSM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      48

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      64

  • MSOM/MScSM

    Admissions Requirements for MSOM/MScSM

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    Biology * 2 One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    Biochemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics * 1 Must be in algebra or statistics.
    Social Sciences * 1 One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
    Humanities 1
    • Biology * — 2 Courses
      One course must be Anatomy and Physiology.
    • Biochemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics * — 1 Course
      Must be in algebra or statistics.
    • Social Sciences * — 1 Course
      One course in Sociology, Psychology, or Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MSOM/MScSM Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • MSOM #2

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • Sports Medicine #1

      If you have had a sports-related injury, how did the recovery process affect your view of sports medicine? Or, if you have not had a sport-related injury, describe how you have approached injury prevention in your exercise plan.

    • Sports Medicine #2

      Describe how sports or fitness plays a role in your life. How has your athletic practice/personal experience of sports or fitness influenced how you view sports medicine?

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MSOM*
    Credits 43.25
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $18,252
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $19,819

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MSOM program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total MSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      213

    • Elective credits

      6

    • Total required credits

      219

    Total MScSM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      48

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      64