Master of Science

Exercise & Sport Science

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The 33-credit hour Master of Science in Exercise Science and Sport Science program is designed to enhance and broaden students’ knowledge and skills for exercise and sport science-related specialties and professions. With concentrations in Strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology, High Performance Coaching, and Generalist, the program prepares students to take a holistic (theoretical and practical) approach to improve sport and exercise performance and using physical activity to prevent and treat chronic disease. Graduates of the program will be well prepared for career advancement in many settings, including but not limited to medical fitness facilities, athletic, commercial, corporate, and clinical settings. 

High Performance Coaching

The High Performance Coaching concentration is ideal for individuals who are aspiring to advance their knowledge and skills in technical expertise in developing athletes at all levels of sports. The program focuses on biomechanical, physiological, and psychological factors that impact skill development and optimal human performance. Through didactic coursework, guest lectures from industry leaders, practicum, and capstone experience, students will gain practical experience in various high performance coaching skills and techniques. Graduates of this concentration may choose to pursue careers as sports coaches, sports technical leaders, sports scientists, strength and conditioning professionals, and tactical performance professionals.

Strength and Conditioning

The Strength and Conditioning concentration is designed to prepare students to work with athletes as strength and conditioning coaches in a variety of settings, from youth sports to sports performance centers. With foundational coursework in applied research, performance enhancement, injury prevention, assessment, program design, and sports nutrition, students will be prepared to deliver evidence-based programming to enhance athletic performance and reduce injury. Graduates of this concentration will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam offered through the NSCA.

Sports Psychology

The Sports Psychology concentration integrates theory, applied research, and practice to develop individuals who will work with athletes and individuals to enhance sports performance, health, and fitness through mental skills training and life skills development. This concentration is designed to provide a solid foundation in understanding the psychological factors that influence performance and adherence to exercise. This concentration will enable coaches, personal trainers, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and other health and fitness professionals to expand their skills in addressing the psychological factors of sports performance and exercise.

Exercise and Sports Science (Generalist)

The Exercise and Sports Science Generalist concentration is designed to allow students to develop an individualized education plan to gain advanced knowledge and skills to impact their path in the exercise and sports science field. Students in this concentration will work with their advisor to select 12 credit hours from the High Performance Coaching, Strength and Conditioning, or Sport Psychology concentrations. This concentration is ideal for the student who intends to transfer in graduate course work, pursue doctoral studies, or requires a specialized plan to meet career objectives.       

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

                  • #12 in Best Value Schools
                  • #11 in Best Colleges for Veterans
                  • #4 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
                  • #15 in Regional Colleges North

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

#12 in Best Value Schools

#11 in Best Colleges for Veterans

#4 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

#15 in Regional Colleges North

Classes start September 7, 2022.

Application Deadline: August 24, 2022


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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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