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Exercise Science

If you would like to apply to the Exercise Science Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, you will need to submit your application through the USC Graduate School.   Physical Activity and Public Health Master of Public Health (MPH) degree applicants will need to submit an application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).

In Fall 2019, the Arnold School of Public Health will launch our redesigned MPH programs to meet new accreditation criteria from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Go here for more information.

MS and PhD Exercise Science prospective students will apply through the USC Graduate School. Physical Activity and Public Health MPH applicants must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Please visit SOPHAS for further details.  

Admissions Information by Degree

Exercise Science M.S.

Special Note: International applicants and applicants seeking a graduate assistantship should apply early for consideration.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants for the program must have an earned baccalaureate degree in exercise science or related discipline from an accredited institution
  • Academic prerequisites: Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores
    • Institution code: 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School: 
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208
Exercise Science Ph.D.

Special Note: International applicants and applicants seeking a fellowship or graduate assistantship should apply early for consideration. 

If you are applying for the Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program (BBIP), please apply early.  Please complete the supplemental questions found within the Graduate School application.  More information about the BBIP traineeship can be found at www.bbip.sc.edu.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants for the program must have an earned baccalaureate degree in exercise science or related discipline from an accredited institution
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores 
    • Institution code: 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208


Additional Degrees Offered by the Department of Exercise Science

Athletic Training MS
Physical Activity and Public Health MPH
Physical Therapy DPT