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M.S.-ENS Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What undergraduate degree is required for entry into the master’s program?
  2. Can I apply even if I am missing some prerequisites?
  3. What courses must I complete in order to take graduate courses in exercise science?
  4. When is the application deadline and how long before I can expect a reply?
  5. What career opportunities do graduates of the program pursue?
  6. Do you offer graduate assistantships, and if so, how do I apply?
  7. What documents are required for admission to the ENS program?
  8. Where should I send the documents?
  9. Is the GRE required?
  10. What prerequisites do I need?
  11. Where can I find the letter of recommendation form?
  12. Is there a GPA requirement?
  13. Are there graduate assistantships?
  14. Are there job opportunities on campus?
  15. Can international students apply?
  16. How is the program organized? How am I able to complete the courses in one year?
  17. If I have an unrelated degree, can I still apply?
  18. What practicum options are there?
  19. How much does the program cost?

1. What undergraduate degree is required for entry into the master’s program? | Back to top.

Admission to the program requires a baccalaureate degree in a related field, such as health science or nutrition.

2. Can I apply even if I am missing some prerequisites? | Back to top.  

Yes. Students can apply prior to completing pre-requisite courses. If admitted, your academic advisor will notify you which pre-requisite courses you need and your options for completing them.

3. What courses must I complete in order to take graduate courses in exercise science? | Back to top.  

Students must complete the following courses or their equivalents prior to starting graduate courses:

  • Basic nutrition course or equivalent
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise testing and prescription course or equivalent
  • Exercise physiology course or equivalent
  • Statistics course or equivalent

4. When is the application deadline and how long before I can expect a reply? Back to top.  

Students are admitted on a rolling basis for the master’s in exercise and nutrition science program. Because there are a limited number of seats each semester, students should apply early. Once your application is complete, students can expect a decision within two to three weeks.

5. What career opportunities do graduates of the program pursue? | Back to top.  

Career opportunities can typically be found in clinical and research settings, as well as in commercial and corporate fitness settings. For more information, visit the following sites:
www.acsm.org
www.nsca.com
www.hpcareer.net

6. Do you offer graduate assistantships, and if so, how do I apply? | Back to top.  

There is one graduate assistantship (GA) awarded each year. All students who are accepted into the program will be considered for the GA position. If selected, the department will contact the student directly.

7. What documents are required for admission to the ENS program? | Back to top.  

The following documents are required to process your application:

  • Online application
  • $40 non-refundable application fee (fee waiver possible upon request)
  • Official transcripts from each university or college attended; must show a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Two professional reference forms (PDF) completed by individuals that attest to your professional background and academic potential
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement (500-1,000 words) on a topic of your choosing, such as why you wish to pursue this degree or why you want to attend UT
  • TOEFL/IELTS score if international applicant

8. Where should I send the documents? | Back to top.  

All documents (except for official transcripts) should be emailed to utgrad@ut.edu or faxed to (813) 258-7451. Official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to:

Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies
The University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Box F
Tampa, FL 33606-1490

9. Is the GRE required? | Back to top.  

The GRE is not required.

10. What prerequisites do I need? | Back to top.  

There are five prerequisites that you will need to complete (and earn a C or better) after you are admitted:

  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Nutrition and Prescription
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Statistics

We do not recommend that you sign up for any of these classes prior to being accepted into the program and talking to your advisor, but if you plan on taking these prerequisites before applying, be sure to complete them at a regionally accredited school.

11. Where can I find the letter of recommendation form? | Back to top.  

You can find the letter of recommendation form here.

12. Is there a GPA requirement? | Back to top.  

There is a minimum 3.0 GPA requirement. However, the average GPA is 3.5.

13. Are there graduate assistantships? | Back to top.  

There is one graduate assistantship, generally awarded in the summer.

14. Are there job opportunities on campus? | Back to top.  

You may be able to work in the gym, the lab or with one of UT's athletic teams. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Buccaneers may also be options nearby.

15. Can international students apply? | Back to top.  

Yes, but you must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score if applying from a non-English-speaking country.

16. How is the program organized? How am I able to complete the courses in one year? | Back to top.  

This is a hybrid program, meaning half of the coursework is online and the other half is in-class. Go to MS.-ENS and scrolling to the bottom, you will see a flowchart showing which courses are considered hybrid. Courses are offered in all semesters: fall, spring, May term, summer I and summer II. You may take a maximum of 9 credit hours per semester.

17. If I have an unrelated degree, can I still apply? | Back to top.  

Yes, but you will need to complete the prerequisites (if admitted).

18. What practicum options are there? | Back to top.  

There are many practicum options. You can have an internship on campus with one of UT's athletics departments or teams. UT also has relationships with Tampa General Hospital, various sports teams in the area and many gyms. Students are also permitted to secure their own internships. It is recommended that internships take place in the spring or summer terms, but fall is also an option.

19. How much does the program cost? | Back to top.  

Tuition is currently $588/credit hour for the 2016-2017 academic year. With 33 total credit hours for the program, the total cost is around $19,404.