Admissions Requirements

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Admission to the program is competitive and has controlled enrollment. Applicants meeting the priority enrollment deadline will be given preference for available seats in the program. Remaining applicants meeting the final admission deadline will be awarded admission based on availability of seats.  In addition to these minimums, our competitive applicants have a health related undergraduate degree, usually have their CSCS or are taking the exam prior to starting the program, have good references from strength and conditioning coaches, completed hands on experiences in strength and conditioning or personal training, and good academic references that can speak to their potential to be successful in a graduate program.

APPLY ONLINE HEREWe are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2018
Priority Application Deadline: All materials received by January 20
Final Admission Deadline: All materials received by June 1

Program Prerequisites:

  • Four year U.S. Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university or its international equivalent
  • Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Undergraduate Major GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Apply online and supply the following documentation Completion of GRE with a recommended minimum score of 900 combined on math and verbal; analytical writing recommended minimum score of 4. Scores must be submitted to UCCS.
    • 3 recommendation forms (have names can emails of three references prior to starting the application process.)
    • Submit one official transcript from degree-granting institution. Transcript must include at least courses enrolled in during the final semester prior to graduation. Additional transcripts may be required to verify prerequisites or major coursework.
    • Application fee of $60.00. International application fee $100.00
    • Goal Statement
    • Resume or CV
  • Submit a Sports Medicine Statement discussing the following:
    • Your academic and professional background;
    • What lead you to pursue this graduate degree;
    • How this graduate degree will help you achieve your professional goals; and
    • How do your research interest align with our faculty's research agenda?"
  • Revised GRE (taken after Aug 1, 2011): Completion of GRE with a recommended minimum score of 290 combined on math and verbal. Analytical writing recommended minimum score of 4. Scores must be submitted to UCCS. UCCS institution code: 4874
  • Completion of at least 6 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory (does not include exercise physiology).
  • Completion of Nutrition I (3 credit) or comparable course (UCCS course HSCI 2070)
  • Completion of undergraduate Kinesiology course (3 credit)
  • Completion of undergraduate Exercise Physiology course plus lab (3 credit)
  • Completion of undergraduate Principles of Strength and Conditioning or comparable course (UCCS course HSCI 4030 or completion of CSCS)*

*Provisional acceptance can be extended with the requirement that students complete this coursework with a grade of B or higher within their first semester of graduate school.

Mandatory Background Check


  •  Undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology or health related field
  • Completion of undergraduate inferential statistics such as HSCI 2060
  • Strength and conditioning practical experience
  • Certification as a CSCS or SCCC

International Applicants:
In addition to the admissions requirements above, international applicants:

  • Must take both the TOEFL and the GRE if English is not the primary language. (TOEFL recommended score is 89);
  • May be required to participate in a Skype interview as part of the interview process to assist with English proficiency evaluation; and
  • May be required to pay for the verification of accreditation of their university transcripts.  

International students currently studying in the U.S. on F-1 visa and either applied for the optional practical training (OPT) or currently on OPT, please note, that UCCS encourages immediate internship placement which will meet the OPT requirement set forth by the visa regulation. Immediate internship participation will allow students to receive curriculum practical training eligibility upon receipt of approved internship/career placement. Internship opportunities should be discussed directly with the academic advisor and are not guaranteed until the applicant has been accepted by the academic program and UCCS.


  • General Scholarship Information
  • Non-Resident Scholarships
  • Out-of-State Graduate Scholarship (based on entrance GPA)
  • Out-of-State Graduate Merit Scholarship (based on entrance GPA
  • Graduate Assistant and Teaching Assistants

For information regarding the Strength and Conditioning Program, Admission Requirements, and Graduate/Teaching Assistantships please contact:

Program Coordinator
Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

For information related to the ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS (Including what documentation has been received), please contact:

Admissions Contact
Amy Reynolds
Admissions Credentials Examiner
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

International Admissions Contact
Wang Chao, MBA, PDSO/RO
International Student and Scholar Services Specialist
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918


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Last Updated: Aug 29, 2017
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