Apply Online

Apply online to the PhD program. The online application is fast, easy and secure. A $50 non-refundable fee is required.


We accept applications year-round on a rolling basis. If you’d like to be considered for an assistantship, apply by March 15.


  • Applicants to the PhD program are expected to have an MS degree in exercise science or a related field from an accredited college or university. Students with a BS degree who wish to enter the PhD program should apply to the MS in Exercise Science program. A bypass of the MS degree into the PhD program may be possible based on academic performance and research potential observed during the first academic year.  
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework.

Supplemental Materials

You may submit an exercise science PhD application and upload your supplemental materials as they are ready. Please be aware we cannot currently offer application fee waivers for the Exercise Science PhD program.

  • Contact a faculty member in your area of interest to arrange an in-person or phone interview. Explore faculty research interests to identify which potential mentor matches up with your area of interest.
  • Secure two recommendation forms from individuals who have worked closely with you and have considerable knowledge of your academic performance.
  • Request that your official transcripts from each college or university you have attended are sent to the department.
  • Include a statement of career objectives and plans listing your area of concentration and research interests. This section is very important in the application process; complete with as much detail as possible.
  • Include an assistantship qualification statement, if applicable. This should include any special skills, previous teaching/laboratory experience, research experience, etc.

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