Master of High Performance Sport

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

At the heart of high performance sport is the conditioning of the athlete, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance for successful outcomes. Professionals working in this industry need to know about testing protocols to assess performance, principles of strength and conditioning, and the technologies available for monitoring and training high performance athletes. They will need to understand relationships between fatigue, adaptation, performance and injury, acquire meaningful data, and know how to work within the culture of a high performance industry. This program will provide elective choices to allow students to tailor the degree to their specific needs. This includes flexibility to elect additional units in research training to gain pathways into future higher degree research, an opportunity for an industry-based internship, as well as additional units from leadership, sports science, rehabilitation, psychology, management and business. In Australia, there are employment opportunities in professional and semi-professional sport, Australian and state institutes of sport and academies of sport, and other sporting organisations, and these opportunities extend to the international market.

Course Fee:

Australian: $29,232

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree (or higher) in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline, have evidence of substantial relevant industry experience and submit a supporting professional referee's report; or have completed a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline, with a grade point average of at least 4.8 on the ACU 7 point scale and submit a supporting professional referee's report; or have completed the Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport, Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis, Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership or Graduate Certificate in Exercise Rehabilitation for Sports Injuries.


120 Credit Points. The Master of High Performance Sport is designed as a program of structured learning that includes relevant professional practice-related learning, independent research and work integrated learning, as well as the opportunity for an industry based internship.

Subjects you can Study:

High performance sport

Study Pathways:

The degree is designed with elective options of research training as a pathway to higher degree research, for example, PhD and Masters by research.

Further information:

Examples of the types of work settings the course prepares graduates for: Fitness advisor; Fitness coach; Football or other sport manager; High performance manager; Performance analyst; Professional coach; Rehabilitation coach; Sports science manager; Sports scientist; Strength and conditioning coach; Team manager.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Sports Administrator, Sports Coach,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 1.5 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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