Freshman admission to the program

Incoming students are designated as ES major and begin taking prerequisite courses as freshman. Freshman students who enter the university as declared ES majors are directly admitted to the program. 

Students may also be accepted into the BS/MS program as freshmen if they are accepted to the University Honors College and meet the requirements to remain in the program.

Transfer admission to the program

Students who transfer to UB from another institution for the purpose of completing prerequisite courses will be directly admitted to the ES major. Courses must be articulated to UB to be used towards the required coursework for the major.


  • A minimum GPA of 2.8 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work at the time of application.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 as of the beginning of the fall semester of your senior year.

Supplemental materials

Before you submit your application, ensure that you have all of the supplemental materials ready. You will need to submit contact information (an email address) for two recommenders that has considerable knowledge of your academic performance and can speak to your ability to succeed in graduate school. You will also need to submit:

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Your UB transcript as well as any supplemental transcripts from other institutions

Suggested introductory courses

Students considering the ES major or are already part of the major should take ES200 Introduction to Exercise Science and ES207 Human Form and Function as these courses provide an overview of the discipline and fundamental concepts in human anatomy and physiology that are essential for the major. Refer to the required prerequisite courses for additional courses that should be completed prior to taking upper-level courses in the major.

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