Exercise Science and Physical Education, Exercise Science Concentration (M.S.)

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Michele Fisher
Office: University Hall, Room 4109
Phone: (973) 655-7120
Email: fisherm@mail.montclair.edu

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 knowledge and skills necessary for conducting individualized exercise programs and managing fitness facilities in a 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.

The program is 33 credits, including 18 credits in the exercise science concentration, 6-9 credits in electives, and 6-9 credits in research methods and completion 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.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
PEMJ 502Methods of Inquiry and Analysis3
PEMJ 508Management and Supervision in Sport and Fitness3
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following options:3-6
Option A
Applied Project
Option B
Internship in Sport and Exercise Science
Option C
Research Design
Research Project
Exercise Science Concentration
PEMJ 539Advanced Exercise Physiology3
PEMJ 540Applied Sport Physiology3
PEMJ 541Aerobic Testing and Programming3
PEMJ 543Theoretical Foundations for Strength and Conditioning3
PEMJ 561Advanced Biomechanics: Understanding Performance and Injuries3
Select 9 credits if choosing Capstone option A or B, 6 semester hours if choosing option C of graduate level electives.6-9
Legal Aspects of Sport, Fitness and Physical Education
Facility Management in Sport, Fitness and Physical Education
Applied Cardiac Rehabilitation
Principles of Sports Conditioning
Advanced Coaching Techniques
Practicum in Individualized Exercise Programs
Orientation to Sports Medicine
Motor Behavior in Youth
Applied Sport Psychology
Concepts in Physical Activity
Sociological Foundations of Sport and Physical Education
Independent Study in Physical Education
Advanced Nutrition Counseling for Diverse Population Groups
Nutrition Education
Total Credits33