Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any prerequisite courses for the graduate program?

Prerequisite courses include anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, motor control, and biomechanics. However, it is possible to be admitted to the graduate program lacking one or more of these prerequisite courses. In these cases, the courses may be completed during the early phase of the graduate program.

Can students be admitted to begin in the Spring semester for the graduate program?

Normally we accept students only for September admission.

How long does it take to complete the graduate program?

The time necessary to complete the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees can vary considerably, depending on the student's skills, experiences, and coursework upon entry, and the progress the student makes toward the degree. In general, the M.S. degree is intended to be completed in approximately two years, while the Ph.D. degree is intended to be completed in approximately four years.

How many students are accepted to the graduate program each year?

The number of graduate students accepted each year can vary considerably. Admission decisions are frequently made by individual faculty who determine the number of new students they can sponsor each year. The prospective student is strongly advised to review the research interests of our faculty, identify those faculty who share research interests similar to those of the student applicant, and contact those faculty to determine whether he/she will be accepting new graduate students.

Is an interview required for the graduate program?

Interviews are optional for M.S. degree candidates. However, we strongly recommend that Ph.D. degree applicants visit the campus for an interview.

Is financial aid available for graduate students?

We provide financial aid for all of our graduate students, and this includes a tuition waiver, a waiver of most fees, and a nominal stipend as a research or teaching assistant. There is no separate application for financial aid.

Is the GRE exam required for the graduate program?

Yes, the GRE exam is required for all students.

What are the graduate program admission requirements?

We require candidates for both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees to have completed a baccalaureate degree. The GRE exam is required for both degree programs.

What is the application deadline for the graduate program?

The application deadline is February 1 for September admission.

Where can I get an application for the graduate program?

Application materials are available online through the University Graduate School.