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: $27,156

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree (or higher), normally in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline and have evidence of substantial relevant industry experience; or have completed a Bachelor degree normally 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; or have completed the Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport, Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis, or Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership and submit a supporting professional referee's report.


120 credit points comprising of 70 cp from coursework units, 10 cp elective units, 40 cp comprising of 20 cp from project units and 20 cp from internship units or 20 cp elective units.

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:

The program structure also provides the opportunity for elective choices to allow students to tailor the degree to their specific needs. This includes the flexibility to elect additional units in research training to provide students with a pathway into future higher degree research, an opportunity for an industry based internship, as well as additional units from fields such as sports science, rehabilitation, psychology, leadership, management and business.

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

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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