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Exercise Science and Physical Education, Exercise Science Concentration (MA)

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Exercise Science and Physical Education, Exercise Science Concentration (MA)

The graduate program in Exercise Science and Physical Education provides students the opportunity to pursue advanced study in the general field of exercise science and physical education, and to enhance proficiency in an area of concentration. The concentration in Exercise Science is designed to cultivate the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting individualized exercise programs and managing fitness facilities in a commercial, corporate, or clinical setting. Coursework is designed to enhance skills regarding the development of aerobic and anaerobic exercise programs for athletes, healthy adults, and individuals with various health challenges. At the completion of this program students are prepared for taking the prestigious ACSM and NSCA fitness certifications. Facilities for learning activities and research in motor learning, biomechanics, and exercise physiology are provided in the state of the art Human Performance Laboratory and the Physical Education Activity Laboratory.

Along with the concentration in Exercise Science, the department also offers a degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Administration and Coaching.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the concentration in Exercise Science must have a bachelor’s degree with evidence of coursework in anatomy and physiology, and physiology of exercise. Students applying to this concentration without previous coursework in motor learning and kinesiology will be assigned selected readings to acquire a base level of knowledge in these areas. Students lacking adequate preparation may be required to take additional coursework at the undergraduate level as a prerequisite to matriculation in the master’s program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the application page for international students to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all of corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Exercise Science and Physical Education, Exercise Science Concentration (MA):

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Please write one integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • International Students: The TOEFL is required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Moreover, International students must have their transcripts evaluated by an approved evaluator. Please check our international applicants page for more information.

The program is 33 semester hours, including 18 semester hours in the exercise science concentration, 6-9 semester hours in electives, and 6-9 hours in research methods and conduct of a capstone project. Students have their choice of selecting an applied project, internship or research project for their capstone experience. Many of the courses in this program are offered in a hybrid format in which some of the class meetings take place in the classroom while the remaining class sessions are conducted online. For more information, please visit the program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: (973) 655-5147
Fax: (973) 655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Exercise Science and Physical Education (M.A.) Program Coordinator:
Program Coordinator: Dr. Michele Fisher
Office: University Hall, Room 4109
Telephone: (973) 655-7120