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College of Human Sciences

Optimizing Human Performance

Sports Sciences

Master of Science, Exercise Physiology

Major: Sports Sciences

The Sports Sciences major is designed for students who have a passion for working with elite athletes as a strength and conditioning specialist at the high school, university or professional level.

Students in the major will be academically prepared to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The program can be completed in 5 semesters. All admitted master’s students are assigned to the non-thesis track.

Deadlines

Must submit by: For graduate assistantship eligibility:
Fall Semester April 1 February 1

This program only admits in the fall semester.
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. (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.
  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 (i.e. IELTS).

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.

Required prerequisite undergraduate courses for the Sports Sciences program:

  • Science of Nutrition or equivalent (B minus or better)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab (C+ or better)
  • Exercise Physiology* (C or better)

*The undergraduate Exercise Physiology course may be taken as a leveling course the first semester of your graduate program.  However, doing so may delay graduation; this is a pre-requisite for a graduate-level course that is only offered in the fall semester.

You must apply directly to Sports Sciences.

  1. Apply Online, submit the admissions application and pay the application fee.
  2. Once you have submitted your application:
    • 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.
    • Upload a resume or vita (information should be current).
    • Enter contact information for two recommenders. The system will directly contact your recommender and provide them with a link to upload their letter. Letters must be received by the posted deadline. 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.
  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. 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.

Speaking with the program director or visit to the department is encouraged. Please contact us at nfes_gs@fsu.edu if you would like to schedule a visit.

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

For questions about the program:

Dr. Payal Ghosh
  View Faculty Bio
  pghosh@fsu.edu

For questions about the application process:

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

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