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Optimizing Human Performance


Combined Bachelor's/Master's Pathway

Bachelor of Science / Master of Science, Exercise Physiology

Our exercise physiology programs are cutting-edge and fully prepare students to pursue a wide variety of health-related careers. We offer courses that provide a firm foundation in essential scientific methods, technical knowledge, and practical skills.

FSU’s combined bachelor’s/master’s pathways provide academically talented undergraduate students an opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.

The exercise physiology combined pathway allows for 11 graduate hours to be shared with, or double-counted toward, an undergraduate degree program. A student enrolled in the pathway will earn the baccalaureate degree upon completion of the undergraduate program and master’s degree upon completion of the graduate program.

Current undergraduate students majoring in exercise physiology may apply to the combined bachelor’s/master’s pathway.

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Shared Credits

Graduate Course Enrollment
11 graduate credit hours will double-count toward the bachelor’s degree. The following courses are taken during the last semester (spring only) of the undergraduate program:

Graduate Course Course # Undergrad Requirement Met Credit Hrs
Cardiorespiratory Evaluation PET5553 PET4551 3
Physical Dimensions of Aging PET5077 PET4076 4
Special Topics in Nutrition: Medical Terminology HUN5938 2nd Human Sciences Core 3
Seminar PET5930 General Elective 1

Deadlines

Must submit by:
Spring Semester October 1

This program only admits in the spring semester.
All application materials must be received by the deadline posted. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

  1. Must be currently enrolled at FSU as an undergraduate student in the exercise physiology major with 90 credit hours; transfer students should have completed 24 credit hours at FSU.
  2. An upper-division undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Successfully completed all prerequisites for PET4551C.
  4. Meet required score on the GRE General Test; required minimum of 150 in both the verbal and quantitative sections, and 3.5 or higher on the writing section. Please note that it can take up to ten (10) days after sitting for the GRE for an official score report to be sent to the university.
  5. International students must have an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based) to meet university requirements. The department does not accept other English proficiency examinations (i.e. IELTS).
  6. Do not submit the application until you have contacted the college’s mapping coordinator to confirm eligibility.

Attainment of these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission decisions are based on assessments of all aspects of the student’s application materials. The department reserves the right to increase standards if warranted by enrollment limitations and by the number and quality of applicants. Financial aid is a separate process from the admission to a graduate program.

  1. Apply online to the master’s program (M.S., Exercise Physiology), submit the admissions application and pay the application fee.
  2. Once you have submitted your application:
    • Upload a statement of purpose outlining your research interests and career goals. Include how your background and prior training make you a good candidate; why Florida State University is a good fit for you. You must state that you wish to be considered for the combined bachelor’s/master’s pathway. We strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the faculty in their area of specialization. In the statement, please indicate your top choices of faculty members with whom you would like to work.
    • Upload a resume or vita (information should be current).
    • Submit contact information for two recommenders. The recommenders should be professionals you have worked with who are familiar with your academic performance and can speak directly about your qualification for this degree. Academic recommendations are preferred, but relevant professional recommendations will be accepted. No personal recommendations or letters from peers will be accepted.
  3. Submit official test scores (GRE and, if required, TOEFL) to the FSU Office of Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
  4. If haven’t already, submit official transcripts to the FSU Office of Admissions. We require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended (even if those courses are posted to another institution’s transcript).

Please allow a minimum of ten (10) business days for the Office of Admissions to process your incoming materials.

Note: Bypass to the Ph.D. degree is not allowed for students enrolled in the combined pathway.

To find out if you’re eligible to apply:

Matthew Nicewonger
  Mapping Coordinator
  mnicewonger@fsu.edu
850.645.7160

For questions about the application process:

CHS Office of Graduate Studies
  nfes_gs@fsu.edu
  850-644-1117

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