Human Performance Lab

Graduate Programs

Preparing for Graduate School

Undergraduate Degree: To improve your chances of being accepted into the biomechanics and exercise physiology tracks of the exercise science master's program, we recommend majoring in one of the science areas such as biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or engineering. We recommend one year each of general chemistry and physics, and courses in nutrition, cell biology, anatomy, physiology and statistics. We encourage undergraduates majoring in exercise science to only enter programs with rigorous science curriculums.

Students entering the special studies graduate program have more flexibility in their choices of undergraduate majors, but are encouraged to take some of the fundamental science classes.

Supplemental Classes: While exceptions are made, exercise science candidates who supplement their undergraduate curriculum with the following courses will be given preference in the application process. Biomechanics applicants are encouraged to take calculus, statics and dynamics, while exercise physiology applicants are encouraged to take biochemistry.

Students planning to enter the special studies program are advised to supplement their undergraduate curriculum with courses related to their fields of interest.

Research Experience: Research experience such as conducting a senior research project, helping a faculty member with his/her research or working at a research facility is encouraged for those planning to enter the exercise science program. A strong research experience would probably include formulating a research question, designing the experiment, collecting and analyzing data, and writing and presenting the results.

Work Experience: Candidates with work experience in their areas of interest are preferred. However, we do welcome students coming directly from an undergraduate program if they have a sense of purpose and a willingness to work hard.