Exercise Physiology

Master of Science, Exercise Physiology

Today’s interest in healthy lifestyles is translating into a remarkable range of career opportunities related to diet, fitness, and health.

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.

It’s our mission to increase conducted research; teach students to investigate, apply, and contribute knowledge; and to benefit the community through work in exercise and human performance.

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Research Focus Tracks

All admitted students are assigned to the non-thesis track.  After the first semester, you may apply for the master’s thesis track if you are in good academic standing and have the support of a faculty advisor.

For exemplary master’s students, a bypass to the Ph.D. degree may be possible after the first year.  Among other things, the decision is based on the student’s academic performance during the first year of study.  A GRE score will be required for students applying to the doctoral program via bypass.

Deadlines

Must submit by: For graduate assistantship eligibility:
Fall April 1 February 1
Spring October 1 July 1

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

  1. An upper-division undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The same scale applies for graduate-level work.
  2. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university.
  3. Prerequisites must be completed before you enter the program; applicants that have not completed all prerequisites as per transcripts submitted (or cannot prove that he/she will complete the courses prior to the start of the graduate program) will be denied admission. Please see individual program prerequisite courses in the appropriate tab.
  4. A competitive Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) score; recommended score of above the 50th percentile (approximately 150) in both verbal and quantitative sections with a 4.0 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. Due to COVID-19, Florida State University has waived the GRE test requirement for the master’s program for Fall 2021.
  5. International students must have an official TOEFL score of at least 80 (TOEFL iBT) or 550 (paper-delivered) to meet university requirements. Our department does not accept other English proficiency examinations.
  6. A visit to the department is encouraged. Please contact us at nfes_gs@fsu.edu to schedule your visit. Before you submit your online application and pay the application fee, you should directly contact graduate faculty members in your area of interest to determine availability and recommend experiences and qualifications regarding mentorship in internships, practicum, research and other hands-on experiences.

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. Other requirements, outside of the admissions application, must be met to qualify for an assistantship.

Satisfactory grades must be earned in all prerequisite courses; minimums greater than a C are listed by the course. The required prerequisite undergraduate courses for the Master’s in Exercise Physiology program are:

  • Science of Nutrition (B minus or better)
  • Chemistry I + Lab
  • Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab (C+ or better)
  • Exercise Physiology with Lab, upper-division course

Note: Students have the option to take the undergraduate Exercise Physiology leveling course during the first semester of their graduate program. However, by selecting this option, it may take additional time to complete the other degree requirements due to sequencing of classes.

We encourage you to submit and complete your application early. The graduate admissions committee reviews completed applications throughout the open application period, which allows you to quickly receive an admissions decision.

  1. Apply Online, submit the admissions application and pay the application fee.
  2. Once you have submitted your application:
    • Complete the Faculty Preference list, in order of preference, three faulty members with whom you would like to work with throughout your graduate program.
    • Upload a one-page Statement of Purpose which briefly outlines your career goals. Include how your background and prior training make you a good candidate, as well as why Florida State University is a good fit for you. Please indicate up to three FSU faculty members with whom you would like to work. We strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the NFES faculty.
    • Enter contact information for two recommenders. The system will directly contact your recommender and provide them with a link to upload their letter.  Academic recommendations are preferred, but relevant professional recommendations will be accepted. The recommenders should be professionals you have worked for who are familiar with your academic performance and can speak directly about your qualification for this degree. No personal recommendations or letters from peers will be accepted as satisfying the minimum of two required recommenders.
  3. Submit official GRE test scores to the FSU Office of Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required. Due to COVID-19, Florida State University has waived the GRE test requirement for the master’s program for Fall 2021.
  4. International Students: Submit official TOEFL test scores to the FSU Office of Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
  5. Submit official transcripts (with translations if not in English) to the FSU Office of Admissions. Even if courses are posted to another institution’s transcripts, we require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended.

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

For questions about the application process:

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

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