M.S. in Exercise Science & Physical Education



McDaniel College’s Master of Science program in Exercise Science and Physical Education (EPE) strives to provide each graduate with a core of essential knowledge and skills. 

The EPE program does not lead to initial teacher certification.  For information about the Graduate & Professional Studies graduate program leading to PreK-12 Physical Education teacher certification, visit BEST initial certification in Physical Education.

Why McDaniel

• Since 1885, McDaniel College has built an impressive legacy in the state of Maryland, including establishing the first “physical training” course, the first physical education major, and the first master’s degree program in physical education.

• Offers convenient schedules to fit your busy schedule: full-time or part-time options.

• Balances full-time faculty with adjunct instructors who draw course content from best practices in the field.

• Small class size and individual attention from professors.

• Highly competitive tuition.

Admissions Requirements

• Completed application for graduate study

• Submission of the non-refundable application fee

• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75

Three letters of recommendation


Students may select a 30-credit or 33-credit hour degree program. The 30-credit option requires the student to write a thesis. The 33-credit program requires a comprehensive examination.

Click here for a list of courses and program options. Note: a new tab will open to the McDaniel Graduate Catalog.

Degree Requirements

• 33 credit hours (non-thesis option) or 30 credit hours (thesis option)
• Minimum 3.0 GPA, limit of one course at or below a grade of “C"
• Successful completion of a Capstone experience: Comprehensive Exam –OR– Thesis


Dr. Andi Hoffman, EPE Coordinator

Important Dates

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.

Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1

These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.

Note: Cohort courses and deadlines are subject to alternate schedules. Please contact the program for alternate dates.


1. How do I apply? 
Visit the How to Apply page for application procedures and forms.

2. Does this program lead to initial teaching certification?
No, those interested in initial teaching certification should see our BEST Physical Education program