Nutrition and Food Science (MS) at Montclair State University

Nutrition and Exercise Science (Certificate)

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Nutrition and Exercise Science (Certificate)

The graduate certificate program in Nutrition and Exercise Science provides students the opportunity to gain knowledge in the closely related fields of nutrition and exercise science. The program is designed to develop and enhance competencies necessary for creating applied nutrition and exercise programs for clients interested in wellness and weight management. Students are required to take two courses from each of the content areas, yielding a total of 12 semester hours. Both theoretical and practical approaches are emphasized throughout the program. This program does not lead to “certification” or “licensure” in the respective fields of Nutrition and Exercise Science. Although, students who apply for a Master’s degree program in Nutrition and Food Science or Exercise Science after the completion of this certificate, may transfer the majority of coursework toward the degree. Graduate classes are typically held in the evening on the 4th floor of University Hall in fully mediated classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories in nutrition and human performance.


Along with the Nutrition and Exercise Science certificate, the respective departments also offer a Nutrition and Food Science (MS) degree and an Exercise Science and Sport Studies (MS) degree. 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 certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree with evidence of coursework in anatomy and physiology, physiology of exercise, and nutrition. Students lacking adequate preparation may be required to take additional coursework at the undergraduate level as a prerequisite to taking courses at the graduate level. Completion of the GRE is not required for the certificate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Graduate 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 the 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 Nutrition and Exercise Science (Certificate) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Please write an 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.
  • Resume
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

Students are required to take two courses from each of the content areas for a total of 12 credit hours. The certificate issued by Montclair State University signifies completion of the specified coursework. For more information, please visit the requirements tab for the Nutrition and Exercise Science (Certificate) program 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
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Nutrition and Exercise Science (Certificate) Program Coordinator:

Program Coordinator: Dr. Michele Fisher
Office: University Hall, Room 4109
Telephone: 973‑655‑7120