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.

Application Deadlines

Fall

Must Submit By
April 1

For Graduate Assistantship Eligibility
February 1

Spring

Must Submit By
October 1

For Graduate Assistantship Eligibility
July 1

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. 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, Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 MS Sports Sciences applicants will have the GRE general test requirement waived.
  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. The department recommends 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) TOEFL for a competitive application to the doctoral program.  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 Sports Sciences program are:

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

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. You must apply directly to Sports Sciences.
  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.
    • 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 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 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:

    Office of Graduate Admissions at:
    Florida State University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    222 S Copeland St / Westcott Bldg
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410
    USA

  5. Submit official transcripts (with translations if necessary) to the FSU Office of Admissions. We require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended (even if those courses are posted to another institution’s transcript). Transcripts uploaded to application are considered unofficial transcripts.

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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