•        Tracks include General Studies, Administrative or Scientific Perspective
  •        Program meets the professional standards and competencies leading to certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and   Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  •         Re-certification through ACSM  or NSCA available without full-acceptance into the degree program

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 while you to pursue your own area of specialization in the field. In this dynamic program, you’ll work and play alongside teachers of physical education, administrators of sports facilities and programs, and researchers in human movement and exercise, as well as others seeking or renewing interest in aspects of the discipline.


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.

Key Features of the EPE program include:

• Get a solid general foundation in the science and practice of the discipline.

• Participate in NIAAA certification workshops to gain national certification at the high school level.

• Choose one of the tracks to pursue your goals: General Studies, Administrative, or Scientific Perspectives.

• Tailor coursework to meet the requirements of your area of specialization.

• Meet professional standards and competencies leading to certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

• Re-certify through ACSM or NSCA without matriculating in the degree program.

• Take advantage of an active and well-recognized sports program, as well as diverse activities serving the larger community.



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, part-time, or summers-only 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

Initial Admission

• Completed application for graduate study

• Submit 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 not meeting the GPA criterion may be admitted to the program on a conditional basis. Matriculation status will be reviewed upon completion of nine graduate credits.

Full Acceptance

• Meet all requirements for initial admission

• Complete nine credit hours at McDaniel College with a 3.00 GPA

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



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. Either of those options requires three areas of course work:
Common Core (Required)
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Area of Specialization
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Supporting electives
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Dr. Steve McCole, EPE Coordinator

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of this program excel in various positions:

• Teachers in elementary or secondary schools

• Athletic directors of community and private sports facilities and programs

• Sports information directors

• Athletic trainers

• Fitness counselors

• Physical therapists

• Professors (guiding the research of sports medicine or physical movement)

Important Dates

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester – August 1
Spring Semester – December 15
Summer Sessions – May 1


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

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