Our Master in Science in Exercise and Sport Science program is built to prepare individuals who are committed to effecting change in the health and fitness industries and who take a holistic approach to exercise, wellness and fitness. Students will learn anatomy, motor behavior, exercise physiology, fitness assessment, biomechanics, and sport and exercise psychology.

The MS in Exercise and Sport Science online program allows students to choose from multiple concentrations and still complete the program in as little as a year and a half. Graduates of our program can go on to work in a wide variety of careers, from strength and conditioning coaching to sports performance coaching, from certified personal training to physical education, and from dietary science and sports nutrition to exercise physiology research.

High Performance Coaching

The High Performance Coaching program is specifically designed for those pursuing a career in coaching as well as current coaches at the youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional levels. Throughout this program, aspiring and current coaches will advance their knowledge in organization and administration, strength and conditioning techniques, optimal training methods, biomechanical analysis of sport, and contemporary coaching strategies, as outlined by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE). Completion of the program will prepare students for the Sports Performance Coaching Certificate, improve their marketability, and expand their employment opportunities.

Strength and Conditioning

The Strength and Conditioning concentration is designed for current practitioners, aspiring strength and conditioning coaches, and athletic performance coaches. Our comprehensive program exceeds the requirements for the industry-leading National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification and will prepare students for other advanced certifications.

Sports Psychology

The Sports Psychology concentration integrates science and application in mental skills training and life skills development. Designed for students interested in applied work and/or research in the sport and exercise psychology discipline, the degree is grounded in the fundamentals of the scientific process and theory for research and supervised applied work within individual and group/team environments.

Exercise and Sports Science (Generalist)

The Generalist concentration was designed to meet the needs of individuals who are currently working in or hoping to enter into a career in the health and fitness industry. This strand prepares individuals for the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) credential, which can lead to a job in a rapidly expanding field.

St. Francis College is in the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings in several categories:

                  • #8 in Best Value Schools
                  • #5 in Best Colleges for Veterans
                  • #3 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
                  • #13 in Regional Colleges North

St. Francis College is in the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Ranking.

#8 in Best Value Schools

#5 in Best Colleges for Veterans

#3 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

#13 in Regional Colleges North

Flexible, convenient 24/7 online learning platform

Financial aid available to those who qualify


Meet Some of Your Instructors

John McNamara, PhD
John McNamara, PhDProfessor
Dr. John McNamara received his doctorate in kinesiology from Temple University in Philadelphia. He is a Level One Certified Olympic Weightlifting Coach and holds NSCA CSCS and CPT certifications. His areas of research include…

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Gerard Shaw, EdD
Gerard Shaw, EdDAssociate Professor
Professor Shaw’s background is in athletics and physical education. He earned both a doctorate in sport psychology and master’s degree in exercise physiology from Columbia University, Teacher’s…

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