Graduate Program Admission Procedures

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Application Instructions:

To apply to a graduate program in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, please follow the step-by-step instructions listed below. Also refer to the application checklist prior to submitting your materials.  A completed application will include ALL of the following:

  1. Submit Graduate Application form (Complete UNC’s Online Application)  
    Note:  When you begin your application, you will choose a Login ID and PIN.  You can use these identifiers to return to your application multiple times rather than completing the application in one session.  These identifiers can also be used to check the status of your application. 
  2. Pay the Application Fee ($50 for domestic applicants, $65 for international applicants)
    • Once you complete the online application you will be prompted to pay your application fee on a secure webpage. VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card are accepted. The application fee is non-refundable. 
    • You can also indicate that you will send your payment separately. If you decide to pay the graduate application fee after completing the application online, the Graduate School accepts the following payment methods:  Credit card payment over the phone (970) 351-2831, check/money order by mail, (sent to:  Graduate School and International Admissions, University of Northern Colorado, 501 20th Street, Campus Box 135, Greeley, CO 80639) or cash in person (the GSIA office is located in Carter Hall 2007).
  3. Submit official transcripts
    • All applicants are required to provide ONE official transcript from every accredited college or university attended since completing high school, except UNC. Transcripts should be submitted electronically to  If you cannot submit transcripts electronically, then mail them directly to the Graduate School and International Admissions office (Graduate School and International Admissions, University of Northern Colorado, 501 20th Street, Campus Box 135, Greeley, CO 80639). Please note that electronic submissions must come directly from the college or university attended, NOT from the student.  Official transcripts from each college are required, even if courses taken at one institution are listed on another school’s transcripts.  Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated based on the last 60 hours on Bachelor’s degree or GPA from Master’s degree. A GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.   
  4. Submit GRE scores (for Doctoral applicants only
    • Test scores must be sent directly to the GSIA Office by the testing agency. Test scores must be received before an application is considered complete.  All doctoral applicants must take the Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE). Required Minimum: 140 Quantitative; 146 Verbal Reasoning; Combined score of at least 297; Analytic Writing 3.5.  Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted.  UNC’s institutional code number is R4074

The following supplemental application materials must be sent to the Graduate School and International Admissions office, electronically:

  1. Two Letters of Recommendation for master’s and post baccalaureate applicants; three Letters of Recommendation for doctoral applicants. 
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Letter of Intent: Written statement of your background, career goals, and research interests (if applicable).
    1. The written statement must clearly indicate which program area you are applying to in the first paragraph. Exercise Science applicants must indicate the concentration area to which you are applying (Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, or Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity). Failure to do so could mean a rejection of your application.
    2. For Ph.D. applicants, it is also important that the name(s) of any faculty member(s) you are interested in working with appear somewhere in your research statement. Our program is mentor-based so faculty members are instrumental in admissions decisions.

Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application. For more detail regarding admission procedures please visit the University's Graduate School website. Incomplete applications will not be sent to the School of Sport & and Exercise Science and will be rejected without a review.

Submit all application materials electronically to:

Program Contacts

Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty (see faculty) in the specific program they are applying to for specific questions about the program or program specific requirements.

Exercise Science:

Application Deadlines:

At the M.S. level, programs will typically (but not always) admit students to the program in both spring and fall, with the exception of Sports Administration which only admits students in the fall. For doctoral applicants, only fall admission is generally considered. Below are application deadlines for our M.S. and Ph.D. programs. For specific questions related to these deadlines, applicants are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty in the program (see faculty) they are applying to for further clarifications. Applications received by the appropriate date listed below will receive priority screening. Applications received after the date may not be reviewed if no program spots are available.

M.S. Applicants:

  • For fall admission: February 1
  • For spring admission: August 31

Ph.D. Applicants:

  • Fall admission only: February 1

For applicant to M.A. in Sports Coaching: This program is cohort in nature and is offered through our Office of Extended Studies.  Visit for more information and application deadlines.

Application Review Process:

When applying to a graduate program in the School of Sport & Exercise Science it is important to understand that the review process takes time. Below is a list of the steps involved in the application review process. This is provided to inform you about how your application is handled within the university and within our program.

  1. Once all application materials have been received by the Graduate School (see application checklist), the Graduate School checks the application to ensure that all of the minimum requirements of the Graduate School have been met. Note that any incomplete application will never be sent to the School of Sport & Exercise Science for review. Thus, applicants are encouraged to follow-up with the Graduate School to ensure that the application is complete. Also, check email regularly for communication from our Graduate School indicating any materials that are missing from the application.
  2. The complete application is then sent to the School of Sport & Exercise Science for program review. Once received in SES, the application is logged and forwarded to program faculty in the area the applicant is applying to for admission.
  3. Application review times will vary from program to program. However, many programs will not review any applications until after the priority screening or hard application deadline has passed. If you have questions about the progress of your application at this stage, you are encouraged to communicate directly with program faculty as they are the ones reviewing your application. A general rule of thumb is that for fall admission program faculty generally make recommendations in March, and for spring admission, program faculty generally make recommendations in October.
  4. Once the program has reached a decision on the application, the recommendation is then sent to the Graduate School.
  5. The Graduate School then sends a letter directly to the applicant indicating the program faculty’s recommendation.
  6. If the applicant is admitted based on the program faculty’s recommendation, the applicant will need to follow the instructions in the letter to notify the Graduate School and the School of Sport & Exercise Science about his/her intent to attend the university.

Notes for International Applicants:

  1. All international applicants whose first language is not English must prove acceptable English language ability before being granted regular admission.  Applicants who have received a bachelor’s or a master’s degree from a US Institution do not need to submit language scores.
  2. International applicants who have NOT received a bachelor’s or a master’s degree from a US Institution must submit official Language scores.  UNC's Minimum Scores are as follows:
    • TOEFL IBT: 80
      IELTS: 7.0
      PTE: 54
  3. There are additional ways that language proficiency can be demonstrated. If you think you meet one of the options, please fill out and submit the Petition for Exemption to
  4. UNC’s institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
  5. Applicants who successfully graduate from level 7 of UNC’s Intensive English Program may be eligible for Regular Admission.

Funding and Financial Aid:

For information regarding financial aid, scholarships, and graduate assistantships, please visit the Graduate School funding and costs page.

The School of Sport & Exercise Science offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships, which are generally reserved for doctoral students only. Decisions about assistantships are made each fall semester. For students admitted in the spring semester, the GA/TA application would not be reviewed until the following fall semester. These assistantships are ONLY awarded in the fall semester. To apply for one of these assistantships, complete the application form. Scan the completed application form and create a pdf document, then e-mail the completed application form to:  Mrs. Becky Apolonio HidalgoThis is the only item that is sent directly to the School of Sport & Exercise Science; all other materials go directly to the Graduate School.