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.
Only current undergraduate students majoring in exercise physiology at FSU may apply to the combined bachelor’s/master’s pathway.
|Spring Semester||October 1|
This program only admits in the spring semester. Only current FSU undergraduate students majoring in Exercise Physiology may apply to the combined pathway. All application materials must be received by the deadline posted and only complete applications will be reviewed.
Please note that admissions are not deferred.
- 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.
- An upper-division undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- 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.
- The GRE general test requirement is waived for MS applicants to our college programs through the fall 2026 admission cycle. Master’s applicants may choose to take the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) and submit scores. We recommend a 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.
- International students: Applicants must submit an official English Proficiency Score Report. A TOEFL iBT score of at least 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-delivered) or an IELTSTM Academic score of at least 6.5 is required. Our department does not accept other English proficiency examinations.
- 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.
The required prerequisite undergraduate courses, and the associated minimum grades to be earned, for consideration to the BS/MS Pathway in Exercise Physiology are:
- APK 3110C – Exercise Physiology with lab included (4hrs), B
- PET 3322 – Anatomy and Physiology I (3hrs), B
- PET 3322L – Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1hr), B
- HUN 3224 – Metabolism of Nutrients I (3hrs), B
- HUN 1201 – Science of Nutrition (3hrs), B
- CHM 1045 – Chemistry I (3hrs), C+
- CHM 1045L – Chemistry I Lab (1hr), C+
Prerequisites must be completed before you enroll in the pathway; applicants that have not completed all prerequisites as per transcripts submitted (or cannot prove that he/she will complete the courses prior to the spring semester) will be denied admission.
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.
All items below must be on file, and the fee paid, before an application is considered complete and ready for review. 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.
- Apply online to the master’s program (M.S., Exercise Physiology), submit the admissions application and pay the application fee.
- Once you have submitted your application:
- Upload a Statement of Purpose outlining your research interests and career goals. We want to know how your background and prior training make you the right candidate and 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.
- The GRE general test requirement is waived for MS applicants to our college programs through the fall 2026 admission cycle. Master’s applicants may choose to submit official GRE test scores to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
- International Students: Submit an official English Proficiency Score Report:
- TOEFL test scores electronically from ETS.org to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The university’s reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
- IELTS Academic test scores in physical (paper) form directly from IELTS.org to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions at:
Florida State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
222 S. Copeland St. / 314 Westcott Bldg
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410
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.