Admissions Information


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Sports Medicine

A master’s degree in sports medicine is a natural fit for chiropractic physicians and other health care professionals who desire a specialty practice working with athletes. A sports medicine master’s degree can open up opportunities to work with various sports teams (high school, collegiate and professional) and in sports-related facilities. In addition, this degree provides appropriate credentials for teaching in higher-education settings.

UWS chiropractic students can concurrently enroll in the sports medicine program, saving time and money. If a student enrolls in the sports medicine program in 6th quarter, he or she can finish the DC and sports medicine programs together.

Offered online, this program also requires hands-on lab sessions at the UWS campus in Portland, Oregon, or students can arrange their practicum hours with a supervisor in their area.

What do you need?


Prerequisite Entrance Requirements

For Current UWS Chiropractic Students (Concurrent):

Current UWS Chiropractic students who have earned a bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent) may apply for entry into the master’s in sports medicine during their 5th quarter and start the program in their 6th quarter concurrently with the chiropractic program. Students can graduate with both a DC and master’s in sports medicine degree in three years.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in the UWS chiropractic program without a bachelor’s degree should apply for the BS in Human Biology degree during their 5th quarter term to be eligible for the MS sports medicine program in 6th quarter.

  • UWS DC students can apply for MS sports medicine in Q4/Q5 and begin the program Q6 or above.
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree*.
  • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA or above in the DC program through Q5.

Ready to Apply?

  1. Access the application. Your username is the personal email address used when you originally applied to the DC program, not your UWS email/password.
  2. Click on the Continue with UWS button.  
  3. Choose My Applications, then Create New Application
  4. Select MS Sports Medicine in the Program of Interest field at the bottom of the page.
  5. Your term of entry will be your anticipated MS sports medicine start date: DC Q6 or later.

For All Other Applicants:

Applicants who are not currently UWS chiropractic students must have a first-professional degree in a field of health care that included coursework equivalent to at least 23.5 quarter credits or 16 semester credits in neuromuscular diagnosis/treatment, biomechanics, soft tissue therapies/rehab or physiological therapeutics.

Concurrent enrollment may be considered for applicants with a bachelor’s degree who are also enrolled in a first professional health care degree program outside of UWS that includes coursework similar to the content in the first 5 terms of enrollment at in the UWS chiropractic program.


For All Applicants:

Technology Requirements: Since this is an online program, you must have access to a reliable computer, basic computer skills and a dependable connection to the Internet.

Credit Conversion:

  • 1 quarter credit = .67 semester credits
  • 1.5 quarter credits = 1 semester credit
  • 5 quarter credits = 3.33 semester credits


How to Apply


Entry Terms and Application Deadlines

Entry Terms: winter, spring

Admission Deadlines: Applicants are encouraged to submit their application and all supporting documents sixty days prior to their intended start date. Listed below are the priority and final deadlines that may be helpful in planning your application submission.

Winter 2022

Priority Application Deadline – November 5, 2021
Final Deadline – November 19, 2021
Deposit Deadline – December 3, 2021
Classes begin January 3, 2022

Spring 2022

Priority Application Deadline – January 21, 2022
Final Deadline – February 4, 2022
Deposit Deadline – February 18, 2022
Classes begin April 4, 2022

Deadline Considerations:

  • Applicants with in-progress coursework will still be considered for admission and are asked to submit final transcripts upon course completion.
  • We understand that some applicants may be waiting on final grades from prerequisite coursework to submit final official transcripts after the final deposit deadline.
  • We require that students submit their entire application, supporting documentation and be successfully interviewed and deposited by the deposit deadline.
  • If you are unable to submit your application and materials by the final deadline, please contact the admissions office at [email protected] or 800-641-5641.

Application Requirements

FOR CURRENT UWS CHIROPRACTIC STUDENTS (CONCURRENT):

  • Statement of Purpose -Career Goals Essay* (250-500 words) describing your career goals, your experience with sports medicine and how you chose the program at UWS.
  • Extracurricular and Volunteer Activities Essay* (250-500 words) regarding your experiences and what you’ve learned from them.
  • Names and email addresses for two references (we will send them electronic recommendation forms)
  • Resume or CV – This can be the same as the resume from your DC application if nothing has changed.
  • Official transcripts – Not required unless you’ve taken additional college/university courses since you started the DC program.
  • Interview: A personal interview is required of all applicants. The UWS office of admissions will contact you directly to schedule a personal interview after your application and transcripts have been reviewed. Interviews may be completed either in-person or via Zoom video conference. 
  • $50 application fee

*Please submit new essays for the MS sports medicine program. Essays submitted for your DC application will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the program, application process or eligibility requirements, please contact [email protected] or 1-800-641-5641.

Learn more on our virtual admissions page!

FOR ALL OTHER APPLICANTS:

  • Statement of Purpose -Career Goals Essay* (250-500 words) describing your career goals, your experience with sports medicine and how you chose the program at UWS.
  • Extracurricular and Volunteer Activities Essay* (250-500 words) regarding your experiences and what you’ve learned from them.
  • Transcripts: UWS requires official transcripts from all prior college and universities. Official transcripts should be mailed directly from those institutions to the UWS office of admissions. Our mailing address is: 8000 NE Tillamook St., Portland, OR 97213. UWS also accepts electronic transcripts from EScript-Safe and Parchment. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded and attached to your application.
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are encouraged to choose professional or academic references whom are most familiar with your former studies, academic interest, and work.
  • Interview: A personal interview is required of all applicants. The UWS office of admissions will contact you directly to schedule a personal interview after your application and transcripts have been reviewed. Interviews may be completed either in-person or via Zoom video conference. 
  • $50 application fee
  • International applicants must also fulfill the international student admission requirements.

Additional Requirements for Full Acceptance

  • Successful completion of a background check through our approved partner, Advanced Reporting. A link to complete this process will be sent to you upon your offer of conditional acceptance to UWS.