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Health & Human Performance FAQs

1. What types of jobs will I be qualified for upon completion of the program?
2. Upon graduation, will I need any additional certifications for my chosen career path?
3. What are the qualifications of faculty members in the program?
4. What are the admissions requirements for the program?
5. What is the cost of tuition?
6. Are there any graduate assistantships available?
7. What financial aid opportunities are available?
8. How do I apply to the program?
9. When is the deadline for applying to the program?
10. How long does it take to complete the program?
11. When can I start the program?
12. How is the scheduling of classes done?

1. What types of jobs will I be qualified for upon completion of the program?

Our graduates have gone on to a variety of jobs in health-related fields, including cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, health education, health promotion, strength and conditioning, and coaching.  Alternatively, our graduates sometimes decide to continue their education by pursuing terminal degrees.

2. Upon graduation, will I need any additional certifications for my chosen career path?

Although not required for graduation, we prepare our students for certification by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Our curriculum prepares students to take examinations to become ACSM Certified Personal Trainers,Health/Fitness Specialists, Clinical Exercise Specialists, and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists. To date, our students have approximately a 95% success rate at passing the Health/Fitness Specialist certification exam, and a 100% success rate with the Clinical Exercise Specialist exam.  In addition, many of our students take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Although these additional certifications are not necessary to find employment, you should be prepared for these certification examinations by the time you graduate, and the combination of a Master’s Degree and these certifications will make you very qualified and competitive for many jobs in the health and human performance field.

3. What are the qualifications of faculty members in the program?

Our faculty consists of 2 full-time and 5 adjunct faculty members.  The founder of the program, Dr. Khalid Bibi, is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and was a co-editor of the recently published ACSM Certification Review, 2nd edition.  The other full-time faculty member, Dennis Koch, served as a reviewer for this book.  Both Dr. Bibi and Mr. Koch have extensive research experience and multiple publications to their credit.  The adjunct faculty members were recruited to the program to teach courses that are specific to their expertise.  Our Health Care Systems course, for instance, is taught by Kristina Young, a well-known expert in the field.  Our pharmacodynamics course is taught by a Doctor of Pharmacy, Patrick Gannon, and our nutrition course is team-taught by Mary Jo Parker and Sheila Flavin, who both hold R.D. certifications and M.S. degrees in nutrition. Finally, Peter Schneider holds a M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology and has extensive experience in working with athletes.  In addition to his duties at Canisius College, he is also the Assistant Athletic Director and the Head Ice Hockey Coach at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.

See the faculty and staff page for more information. 

4. What are the admissions requirements for the program?

For information of admissions requirements, please click here.

5. What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition for the program during School Year 2014-2015 is $765 per credit hour.  Rates for the school year are effective May 2014. 

6. Are there any graduate assistantships available?

Yes.  We have one graduate assistantship available each year, which includes tuition waivers and a 10-month stipend.  Sometimes, we split the assistantship and offer the stipend to one student and the tuition waivers to a second student.  For more information on this assistantship and how to apply, please contact the office at 888-8296

7. What financial aid opportunities are available?

For information on financial aid opportunities, click here.

8. How do I apply to the program?

You can apply on-line by clicking here.

9. When is the deadline for applying to the program?

There are no set deadlines when applicants will no longer be accepted. We operate on a rolling admissions basis. We recommend submitting all materials required for admission at least 30 days prior to the start date for the term you wish to begin. Students are encouraged to apply early as courses fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. For Canadian students, we stop processing applications approximately two to three weeks prior to the beginning of classes, each semester, to allow sufficient time for processing immigration forms.

10. How long does it take to complete the program?

It is possible to complete the program in one calendar year. However, we allow you to work at your own pace, and most of our students take two years to graduate.

11. When can I start the program?

Terms are eight weeks in length with start dates in the fall, spring and summer. Course offerings are limited in the summer. 

You select your start date when you file your application. If you are unsure of your start date, select the earliest one that you are most likely to attend. Should you be accepted and wish to change your start date, simply inform the Graduate Admissions office in writing of your new start date and the change will be noted on your file.

12. How is the scheduling of classes done?

All scheduling/registration of classes is done on-line using the Canisius Web linked here.  From this page, you can use the instructions on the Admitted Student link to login and register or view class schedules for terms with schedules posted.

Registering for Internships and Thesis require Director's Permission.