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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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The Wellness Coaching and Disease Prevention (WCDP) Masters of Science degree is a two-year, 30-36 credit program offered predominately online. Students can apply for Fall semester admittance during the spring/summer semester. As a cohort program, approximately 20 students will be admitted to the program fall of each year.

Pre-requisites for the program include a health-related baccalaureate degree (BS or BA) from an accredited university and a grade of C or higher in the following courses:

  1. Human Anatomy or equivalent (must include a lab)
  2. Human Physiology or equivalent (must include a lab)
  3. Introduction to Psychology
  4. Statistics or tests-and-measurements course as a prerequisite (Provisional admittance possible without this course, but completion of this course is required before enrolling in the HP 610 Statistical Methods )

Please note equivalent courses will be evaluated on a case by case basis.


Applications for admission to the Wellness Coaching and Disease Prevention program is competitive. All required application materials must be received by August 1st for a priority consideration as enrollment is limited. Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Complete online Application for Graduate Study ($40 application fee) Applicants must be accepted into both the program and the College of Graduate Studies and Research as these are two separate processes.
  • Complete the information below:
    • Professional resume or vita (Upload to WCDP online application).
    • Application statement of interest (one page describing career goals and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree). Statement of interest will also serve as a writing sample (Upload to WCDP online application).
    • Unofficial transcript(s) (Upload to WCDP online application).
    • Two academic and/or professional recommendations (See Recommendation Process section below).

Send an official transcript(s) listing undergraduate/graduate degree(s) to be sent directly from the degree-granting institution to the College of Graduate Studies and Research:

Alumni and Foundation Center Room 115
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 3892321

Recommendation Process

The applicant must send each of their references an email instructing the reference to the Recommendation web page. This web page is where the references must download and complete the appropriate form depending on the type of reference.

Your references should download and complete the Recommendation Form.

Once the reference completes the appropriate form they must then upload that form to the same web site making sure to use applicant's name and e-mail address in order to link the reference form to the applicant.

that no additional letter is necessary beyond the appropriate form.

Finally, it is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with each reference to assure this process is complete by the application deadline.