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Applications for the Health and Exercise Science program may be obtained by contacting the Graduate School at 800-257-3166. Alternatively you can access the application materials on-line by going to the WFU Graduate School website. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15. Graduate students are selected on the basis of undergraduate records, statement of interest, letters of recommendation, special background experiences or abilities, and scores on the verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). In order to have GRE scores reported to the graduate office prior to the January 15 deadline, the exams must be taken no later than November 1. Therefore, applicants are strongly urged to take the GRE as early as possible and to have their graduate file completed before January 15.

Your application should contain the official application form from the Graduate School website, three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your academic qualifications, your GRE scores, your official university transcripts, and a 1-2 page resume. In addition, all applicants should include a 1-2 page statement outlining your interest in exercise science, your reasons for applying to our program, and a description of your future goals.

Applicants with a file that is incomplete on January 15 will not be considered for admission. Applicants should contact the graduate school once all materials have been sent in to verify receipt of those materials by the graduate school.



Candidates for the Health and Exercise Science program are encouraged to have an undergraduate major or minor in exercise science and an undergraduate concentration in the sciences. The prerequisites for this program include course work in:

  • Human Physiology
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Anatomy
  • Biomechanics or Physics

These courses should be completed before admission to the program. None of the prerequisites may apply toward the graduate degree.

As a guide for applicants, we look for a GRE score of approximately 300 with a balance between the verbal and quantitative score, e.g., 150 verbal,  150 quantitative.  We recommend that you take the GRE early in the process so that you have time to retake the test should you not achieve this score.



All applicants accepted into the program are awarded financial aid in the form of teaching assistantships in the first and second year. All forms of financial aid include a complete tuition waiver and a stipend of $10,000 each year.

All applicant's will receive an IBM Thinkpad laptop that is their's to keep following graduation.


Although a personal interview is not required, candidates are strongly encouraged to make arrangements for an interview if at all possible. This interview should be scheduled for January or February.

To make arrangements for an interview, contact Dr. Peter Brubaker, the HES GRADUATE PROGRAM Director, at 336-758-4683 or brubaker@wfu.edu.



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