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. To apply for the thesis track, students must be in good academic standing after the first semester and have the support of graduate faculty.

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.


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 and only complete applications will be reviewed.  Applications are not deferred; if you decide to apply for a different term or major, you will need to start a new application.

Admission to the graduate program is term specific. Therefore, if you are unable to attend the term in which you were admitted, you will need to reapply for a future term.

  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. 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.
  4. 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.

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.

In order to be successful in the major, background knowledge in related sciences should be obtained. Students have the option to take the undergraduate courses prior to the start graduate program or as leveling courses during their graduate program. If electing to take these courses while in the graduate program (leveling courses), it may take additional time to complete the other degree requirements due to sequencing of classes.

Undergraduate courses recommended for the Master’s in Exercise Physiology program are:

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

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.

  1. Apply Online, submit the admissions application and pay the application fee.
  2. Once you have submitted your application:
    • Upload a Statement of Purpose outlining your 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. If interested in research, we strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the NIP faculty.
    • 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.  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. 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.
  4. 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

  5. Submit official transcripts (with translations if necessary) to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. We require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended (even if those courses are posted to another institution’s transcript). Transcripts the applicant uploads to the application are considered unofficial.Please have official transcript sent directly from your institution to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions.
    Send Electronic transcripts to: graduateadmissions@fsu.edu
    Send Paper transcripts to:
    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 Graduate Admissions to process your incoming materials.

For questions about the application process:

CHS Office of Graduate Studies