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Earn a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology while getting coaching experience in strength and conditioning

One individual will be selected for a two-year assistantship (August 2023 – May 2025).


  • Earn a degree in the Masters of Exercise Physiology Graduate Program (Department of Exercise and Sport Science), including passing the classes, comprehensive exam, and thesis project.
  • Teach a class each semester: a 1-credit-hour resistance training technique course.
  • Train UNC Athletes in strength and conditioning.
    • Entirely responsible for all aspects of strength and conditioning programming for 1-2 Olympic sports teams, including:
      • Designing and implementing weight training programming appropriate for the sports to which they are assigned.
      • Oversee and administer appropriate performance testing on a regular basis for assigned teams.
      • When appropriate, design and implement conditioning programming for assigned teams.
      • Interact and meet with assigned team’s coaching staffs to discuss team’s training plans both short term and long term.
    • Operate as a member of the UNC Olympic Strength and Conditioning Sport Performance Team on a daily basis.
    • Participate in monthly sport performance team meetings to discuss departmental goals and procedures.

Weekly Workload

Throughout the assistantship, the workload will vary based on the demands of each responsibility; however in the first semester, the approximate weekly workload will be:

  • ~ 10 hours of academics (this may increase based on thesis project demands)
  • ~ 5 hours of teaching
  • ~ 25 hours of coaching

Tuition and Stipend

The assistantship covers in-state tuition/fees, and also provides a monthly stipend. Out-of-state students will be responsible for the difference in tuition. Click here for more information on tuition rates.

Support Team / Mentorship

A small team of faculty members and strength coaches will be formed to support the graduate assistant in their responsibilities and help them graduate on time.


Contact Ed Shields ( for questions about the UNC Graduate School and its application process.

Contact Eric Ryan ( for questions regarding the Masters in Exercise Physiology curriculum.

Contact Greg Gatz ( for questions regarding strength and conditioning coaching.