Exercise Science and Physical Education, Sports Administration and Coaching Concentration (MS)
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 Sports Administration and Coaching is designed to develop and enhance competencies necessary for coaching of athletics in a public school setting or in higher education, administration of athletic programs at a secondary or higher education level, and management in a community or professional sport organization. The program represents a blend of content related to the art of coaching and administration of athletics including coursework in sport management, sport law, sport marketing, sports conditioning, coaching techniques, and sport psychology. With the proper selection of electives and requisite teaching experience, students are eligible to obtain the Supervisory Certificate.
Along with the concentration in Sports Administration and Coaching, the department also offers a degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science.
Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.
All applicants must meet the basic admission requirements for graduate study at Montclair State University. There are no prerequisites for the Sports Administration and Coaching concentration, however applicants who have not taken undergraduate coursework in kinesiology or motor learning will be asked to complete some readings in those areas. 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.
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 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, Sports Administration and Coaching Concentration (MS) program:
- 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.
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
The program is 33 semester hours, including 15 semester hours in the sports administration 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, Sports Administration and Coaching Concentration (MS) 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
If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Exercise Science and Physical Education, Sports Administration and Coaching 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.*