ESS questions answered here:
Exercise and Sport Science Admission and Cost
What kind of financial aid is available?
Fully admitted, regular, degree-seeking students enrolled at least part-time (five credits or more per term) in the MS program are automatically considered for all types of aid. Students are awarded the maximum amount of each type of aid, based on their eligibility as calculated by the U.S. Department of Education.
What are the entry points for the ESS programs?
The ESS program accepts students in both the spring and fall each year.
When should I begin the application process?
We suggest applicants begin the process six months to a year in advance of the program proposed entry term for external candidates. Current UWS DC students typically apply during the quarter prior to the master¹s program start, in part because their eligibility includes: 1) 6th Quarter standing or above in the DC program 2) Cumulative DC GPA of 2.50 or higher
What is the application deadline?
Although there is no hard deadline for submitting an application, applicants should allow a minimum of two weeks for processing.
What materials are required with the application?
Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended, resume/CV, statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation and a $50 application fee.
Are any tests, such as the GRE, required for acceptance?
No; however, the application process affords maximum opportunity for prospective students to present the fullest picture of themselves and qualification is based on assessment of all available information. We look for strength and consistency, especially in recent academic preparation. Individuals may utilize standardized tests, such as the GRE or MAT, to bolster their qualifications for acceptance, particularly in circumstances where cumulative GPA is lower than average.
Is there an interview requirement?
There is no interview requirement for the online-only MS ESS programs. An interview is required for the sports medicine track because it is a clinical program.
Are currently enrolled UWS DC students eligible for these new ESS concentrations?
Yes, anyone is eligible that has met the minimum entry requirements.
What are the entry requirements for currently enrolled UWS DC students?
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. International students must have completed the equivalent of a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Applicants who hold an accredited first-professional degree (e.g. DC, ND, MD, etc) may qualify without also holding a bachelor’s degree. Each applicant will be reviewed individually, taking into consideration academic achievements, professional accomplishments and experience in the field.
Is a tuition deposit required of accepted applicants?
Yes, a $300 tuition deposit is requested of accepted applicants to reserve their spot in the class. The deposit is applied toward first term’s tuition.
Do I need to submit transcripts as part of my application to University of Western States?
Official transcripts from each and every institution must be sent to the admissions office as part of your application. University of Western States accepts transcripts in two different methods: Mailed directly from a prior institution to: University of Western States Office of Admissions 2900 NE 132nd Avenue Portland, OR 97230 Emailed: Emailed in a password protected format (such as Parchment) to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is your responsibility to ensure that the transcript is downloaded by the recipient within 30 days. A printed copy of an electronic PDF transcript is not official. If you are currently enrolled in courses but will not complete the degree until a future term, do not send an updated transcript until the degree is awarded. At that time, send an updated transcript and the degree confirmation.
After I'm accepted, can I change my start date without having to reapply?
UWS accepts students enrolling with a specific entering class and entry date. Written requests to change enrollment to a different entry term will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Exercise and Sport Science Program Features
What makes your program unique?
Our program is designed with the working individual in mind and this means there is a lot of flexibility. All of the courses are completely online, which allows the student to work according to his/her schedule. We also give you the option of how many courses you choose to take per quarter. Finally, we have an outstanding faculty with diverse experience and expertise their given field.
How many credits comprise the program?
The health and wellness promotion concentration is 55 quarter credits and the nutrition concentration is 53 quarter credits.
What is the maximum number of courses students can enroll in each term?
Students are limited to the number of classes available in a quarter. This can range from two to four courses on average.
What is the minimum course load a student can take?
Students can take one course at a time.
How long will the program take?
If taking the recommended course load of two classes each quarter, a student would finish the MA program in six quarters (18 months) and the MS program in seven quarters (21 months).
How are the courses structured and learning materials delivered?
Courses are offered in an online format, following the eleven-week quarter schedule of UWS. Learning materials are delivered in a variety of methods: videos, recorded lectures, PowerPoint lectures, textbooks, discussion forums, posted articles, etc. We strive to make the learning process as interactive as possible so that you get the most out of your learning experience.
How much of a time commitment is expected in each course?
A good general rule of thumb is to expect at least one hour per credit hour of material plus an additional hour per credit hour of study time. (e.g. a four-credit class will have 4-8 hours of course/study materials per week) This general rule applies to both online and traditional face-to-face classes.
Who are the MS ESS faculty/instructors?
Our faculty has many years of experience across varied facets of exercise and sport science.
I am interested in more than one concentration; is it possible to complete two at the same time?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to complete two tracks at one time. Because the tracks have the same common core courses, each course can only be counted toward one degree (no “double dipping” allowed).
What tips do you have for comparing programs?
Good questions to ask are: What is the focus of the program? What competencies guide the program? Is the school regionally accredited? What experience of expertise do the instructors have?
Exercise and Sport Science Certifications and Careers
Would this program qualify me for any professional certificates?
Students that complete the ESS program will be prepared to sit for various certifications including: American Council on Exercise (ACE) Fitness Certifications, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Credentials, and the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) exam.