Master of Science in Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program permits students to elect from three concentration options. The Research option includes coursework and experiences to prepare students for future Ph.D. work. The Clinical Exercise Physiology option includes coursework and experiences to prepare students for transition into a Ph.D. or Professional program, or for careers in cardiac rehabilitation and clinical research. The Strength and Conditioning option includes coursework and experiences to prepare students for careers in strength and conditioning or sports performance.

For more information on the Graduate Program please contact Dr. Scott Collier, Director of the HES Graduate Program - email: esgrad@appstate.edu - phone: 828-262-7145

General Admission Requirements

All applicants for admission to the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies must hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university of recognized standing and must have an undergraduate background appropriate for the proposed graduate program. In addition, all applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a resume, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation.

Departmental Admission

Minimum requirements include:

  • Baccalaureate degree (Exercise Science Preferred);
  • 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from GRE, OR
  • 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the GRE;
  • GRE Writing of 3.0 or higher.

Additional requirements to enter graduate school at Appalachian State University can be viewed on the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School site.

Undergraduate coursework in the following: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, plus two additional science courses. These courses should be completed prior to formal admission into the program and registration in graduate courses with few exceptions. This list may not include prerequisites for all elective courses. Assessment of prerequisite requirements is made at the discretion of the graduate program director.

Application Procedures

All applications are now online through the School of Graduate Studies. However, a complete application consists of the submission of the following materials:

a completed application with appropriate, non-refundable, non-deductible application processing fee (consult application to see current fee which can be paid by credit card)

  1. three letters of recommendation
  2. official GRE scores
  3. official transcripts of all previous academic work
  4. a current resume and a personal statement outlining professional goals and how the Master of Science in Exercise Science from Appalachian will help to achieve those goals

The application is not forwarded to the graduate program director until all required documents are on file. It is the applicant's responsibility to monitor the application process. The application deadline is February 1st. Review of applications will begin after January 15th. More information and application materials are available below.

When applying to the program it is high encouraged for you to contact a potential faculty mentor by looking through the faculty profiles and identifying a faculty member with whom you might be interested in working (i.e., similar research interests) as part of your potential graduate assistant responsibilities.