Performance Analytics



Combine your passions for data science and health, exercise, and rehabilitative sciences. Help individuals and teams improve their athletic performance.

Why Study Performance Analytics at Winona State?

Performance analytics is becoming a vital component of the sports and fitness industries. 

Athletes and coaches need professionals who know how to optimize human performance and gain an edge over opponents. 

There’s a demand for these kinds of performance analysts within a variety of job environments like professional sports, college athletics, private performance training centers, and even research. 

That’s where the hybrid Performance Analytics master’s degree at Winona State comes in. 

This program is meant for students who recently earned a bachelor’s degree in coaching, exercise science, human performance, kinesiology, and sport and exercise. 

This degree is offered through WSU’s Health, Exercise, & Rehabilitative Sciences Department

First of Region’s Data-Driven Programs

WSU’s PAMS program is one of the first in the region to offer a unique intersection between biomechanics, behavior change, data science, exercise physiology, and research.

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What Will You Learn as a Performance Analytics Student?

As a Performance Analytics student, you’ll collaborate with others in a sport science team to gather, interpret, and convey complex sports and exercise data. And you’ll get experience using the technology applications used by today’s industry experts. 

You’ll also: 

  • visualize trends in training and performance 
  • provide training recommendations to stakeholders 
  • research best practices for programming and testing recommendations 
  • identify muscular imbalances that may lead to future injuries—from acute to critical 
  • create customized programming for individual athletes and whole athletic teams alike 

This program will teach you the importance of promoting mental and physical health as well as wellness safety standard practices.

Science Meets Fitness

As a Performance Analytics master’s student, Jose Benjamin ‘23 gets to channel his passions for science, strength, and conditioning.  

And now, he’s on his way to working with professional athletes from the Boston Red Sox. 

Learn more about Jose’s Warrior Journey
Jose Benjamin '23
Not F-1 Eligible

This program does not meet F-1 visa requirements for international students.

However, more than 90% of Winona State’s majors and programs meet F-1 visa criteria.

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Program Highlights

Real-World Training

Flexible Coursework

Coursework is delivered mostly online, making the PAMS program perfect for anyone who wants to fit their education into their personal and professional lives.

With synchronous classes, you’ll attend class on a specified day and time for live instruction and discussions.

And with asynchronous classes, you can complete your assignments anytime, anywhere.

Laboratory Experience

On top of your classes, you’ll also practice what you learn by working directly with collegiate athletic teams.

Your faculty will host up to 3 in-person laboratory experiences each semester. These training workshops will be held on weekends at the Winona campus.

Think of these workshops as labs, which are great for you to gain the hands-on skills you need to feel confident in this rising field.

Research Opportunities

You’ll hone your research skills by working alongside a sport scientist in the field.

During this immersive experience, you’ll complete a faculty-supervised research project.

In this intensive project, you’ll collect, manage, and visually present data from force plates, GPS units, motion analyses, and isokinetic testing, among others.

You’ll also create programming for individuals or teams using this data.

Customized Entry Options

Earn credits that count toward both your bachelor’s degree in Strength & Conditioning and your Performance Analytics master’s degree with the 3+2 option.

This admission pathway saves you time and money and speeds up your graduation date.

Or build on your already completed bachelor’s degree and dive right into this program with the standalone option.

Campus Engagement

Complement your studies and meet other students who are passionate about performance analytics through a handful of campus clubs and organizations. 

Like Facilitators of Recovery and Movement Enhancement (FRAME) and LeadHERS for Winona State HERS Alumni. 

Or Alpine Club, Climbing Club, and a variety of sports clubs and intramural sports teams.

Student Clubs & Organizations
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Hear from a Performance Analytics Student
Because of the PAMS program, I’ll assist the Boston Red Sox strength and conditioning staff in taking their athletes through their warm-ups and workouts, and I’ll also use technology to gather and interpret data and then give feedback on how athletes can improve their performance.
Jose Benjamin ’23
Careers & Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mathematician and statistician positions are expected to grow 31% within the next decade. 

Fitness trainer and instructor jobs also anticipate a 19% growth by 2031. 

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