Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in the MS Exercise Physiology program. All required application materials must be received by February 1st for full consideration. Rolling admission will be used to review applications received after February 1st. The program is a 2-year cohort program, meaning we only accept students for the Fall and all students follow the 2-year course outline together.


  • BS Degree: Candidates should have a major in exercise science, exercise & sport science, kinesiology, athletic training, physiology, or closely related field. Students applying to the program should have or be eligible to complete a bachelor’s degree by August of the application year.
  • Pre-requisites: Core pre-requisite coursework includes basic statistics, physiology of exercise, and a course in nutrition. We welcome students from science-based majors who may not have the pre-requisite courses. Contact the exercise physiology program coordinator to discuss your course background and admissions recommendation.
  • GPA: Our program does not have a specified minimum GPA, however, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is typically necessary to compete for a spot.
  • GRE: We do not require the GRE.
  • References: In the application, you will be asked to provide contact information for 2 references. They will receive a link to complete a short reference form. If your reference would prefer to submit a letter, they can email it to with your name and Exercise Physiology in the subject. These references should be a mix of academic, professional, or research-based references.
  • Personal Statement: You will be asked to respond to two prompts. The first asks why the M.S. Exercise Physiology program is the next logical step for you (400-word maximum). The second reflects on a time you have had to solve a problem (250-word maximum). Full prompts are in the application. 
  • Resume: You will submit a resume or CV.
  • International Students: You may need to submit TOEFL scores or official transcripts with U.S. equivalences (if you earned your undergraduate degree outside the United States). Please reach out to the Graduate Studies Office for more information.

The Fall 2021 Application is now available!!! For full consideration, submit your application by February 1, 2021. After that date, applications will continue to be reviewed through rolling admissions until the cohort is full.

Based on student acceptance, we will revisit the waitlist and new applications on April 1. This will lead to an additional round of accepted applications. Information on financial assistance and graduate assistantship applications will be sent to you when your application is reviewed. You do not need an assistantship to be in the program, but you must be an accepted graduate student to hold an assistantship. Assistantship decisions are based on individual departments but are usually sent out March-April.

***Accepting an assistantship does not mean you are automatically accepted into the program. You must apply and be accepted regardless of your assistantship status. ***

Graduate Program Application  


Funding Opportunities

There are many opportunities for graduate students to find funding for tuition and student fees

Always complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and file at (available October 1st each year). You may qualify for a work-study position within our department, assisting in teaching and research. Work-study typically includes tuition and a stipend. 

There are many graduate assistantships (GAs) options on campus. GA positions typically include tuition and a stipend. 

  • If you are interested in a GA position in the Athletic Department, contact the head coaches of the sports you are interested in or the strength & conditioning coaches for information on positions available. 
  • The Exercise Physiology program offers 1-3 GAs a year to teach in our lab. The official notice will be posted on the HR website usually in early March. 
  • We have GA contracts with local establishments like United Hospital and South Central College. When you apply, you will be notified of available GAs positions. 
  • Many of our students obtain GAs teaching in the Department of Biological Sciences. 
  • A variety of GA positions are available campus-wide. Check out the HR website for position postings and keep an eye on deadlines.  


Contact Dr. Jessica Albers (Ex Phys Program Coordinator) with questions.