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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Exercise Science Option

Prospective Students

What are the general procedures for applying to the graduate program in Exercise Science?

You will need to do two things:

1) You must apply for admission into the University. You can obtain an application form and more information from Enrollment Services.

2) You must also apply separately to the Department of Kinesiology. You will need the following items:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Professional Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores

These items should be sent to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Kinesiology
California State University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, California, 90840, USA

I do not have an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, what courses must I complete in order to take graduate courses in Exercise Science?

You will need to take the following CSULB courses or their equivalents:

    • Chemistry 111A (General Chemistry – 5 units including laboratory)
    • Biology 207 (Human Physiology – 4 units including laboratory)
    • Biology 208 (Human Anatomy – 4 units including laboratory)
    • Kinesiology 300 (Biomechanics of Human Movement – 3 units including laboratory)
    • Kinesiology 301 (Exercise Physiology – 3 units including laboratory)
    • Kinesiology 312 (Motor Control and Learning – 3 units including laboratory)

These courses serve as prerequisites for all of the graduate courses. However it is not necessary to complete all of these before starting to take the graduate level courses.

What are the due dates for submission of an application for admission into the graduate program?

The due dates for submission of all application materials are June 1st for Fall Semester admission and December 1st for Spring Semester admission.

What information do I need to include in my application to the University?

You must include your completed application, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, and your application fees.

What information do I need to include in my application to the Department?

You must include the following:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Professional Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores

What are the minimum GRE scores necessary for admittance into the graduate program?

The minimum GRE scores for admittance into the graduate program are:

Verbal – 450

Quantitative – 450

Analytical Writing – 3.5

What if one of my GRE scores is below the minimum admission standard?

You may still be eligible for admittance into the graduate program. The decision for acceptance is based upon a composite of your GRE scores, undergraduate grade point average, and letters of recommendation.

I am an international student. are the requirements the same for me?

Yes, the requirements for admission in to the graduate program are the same for everyone. However before you apply, you must contact the Office of International Admissions for additional information.

What types of career opportunities are available with a degree in Exercise Science?

Career opportunities can typically be found in clinical and research settings as well as in commercial and corporate fitness settings. For more information, check the following sites:

www.acsm.org

www.nsca-lift.org

www.hpcareer.net