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Arnold School of Public Health


Exercise Science

If you would like to apply to the Exercise Science Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), or Advanced Athletic Training Master of Science (MS) 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).    

MS and PhD Exercise Science and MS Advanced Athletic Training 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.  

Application requirements include:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution (EXSC-MS, and PAPH-MPH); A four-year baccalaureate degree in athletic training (AT-MS); an earned master's degree is typically required (EXSC-PhD)
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
    • EXSC-MS, EXSC-PhD, and AT-MS: Institution code - 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
    • PAPH-MPH: Institution code - 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Resume or CV 
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, and academic/professional goals and objectives 

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). 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).

Additional Admissions Information

Advanced Athletic Training M.S.

Eligible applicants must possess an undergraduate degree with a major in athletic training from a CAATE accredited program.  The master's program is a “post-professional program-” which entails all students applying to the program to already be a certified by the Board of Certification as an athletic trainer to enroll. 

Exercise Science M.S.

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

Exercise Science Ph.D.

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