Exercise Science and Physical Education, Exercise Science Concentration (MS) at Montclair State University

Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Exercise Science Concentration (MS)

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Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Exercise Science Concentration (MS)

The graduate program in Exercise Science and Sport Studies 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 knowledge and skills necessary for conducting individualized exercise programs and managing fitness facilities in an athletic, commercial, corporate or clinical setting. A balance of exercise science theory and practical application, 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.

“We try to give students a deep understanding of the theories that guide practical application. Then we allow our students to choose from an array of electives that best prepares them for the kind of job they are aiming for after graduation.”
Dr. Evan Matthews, Assistant Professor

Along with the concentration in Exercise Science, the department also offers a degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies with a concentration in Sports Administration.

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

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the basic admission requirements for graduate study at Montclair State University. Additionally, applicants for the concentration in Exercise Science must have a bachelor’s degree with evidence of coursework in anatomy and physiology, physiology of exercise, and kinesiology (or biomechanics). 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. Completion of the GRE is not required for this program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page 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 Sport Studies, Exercise Science Concentration (MS):

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Write one essay of no more than three double-spaced pages in response to the prompt below. Your essay can include some description, but it should also demonstrate that you have critically reflected on the profession and your potential place within it. Please write in a concise, formal, professional style. If you make generalizations or assertions, be sure to provide support for them. In one integrated essay, thoughtfully discuss each of the areas identified below:
    • Why you are interested in the profession in which you want to pursue graduate work and, if applicable, the particular concentration within that profession.
    • Your knowledge of issues and trends in this profession or field.
    • What areas and topics you hope to study in depth and why.
    • Any related professional or personal experiences you have had, including opportunities to collaborate with other professionals, and how these experiences make you particularly well-suited for the profession.
    • Potential challenges and opportunities associated with diversity you think are relevant to the profession you are pursuing. Be sure to explain what you mean by “diversity” (related, for example, to race, gender, age, sexual orientation, language, disability) and how it may pose challenges or present opportunities.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

The program is 33 semester hours, including 15 semester hours in the exercise science concentration, 6-9 semester hours in electives, and 9-12 hours in research methods, management principles 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. 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. For more information, please visit the Exercise Science and Physical Education, Exercise Science Concentration (MS) listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Email: graduate@montclair.edu
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Exercise Science Concentration (MS) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Dr. Michele Fisher
Office: University Hall, Room 4109
Email: fisherm@montclair.edu
Telephone: 973-655-7120