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

Current UWS Chiropractic Students:

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 must have a bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent) and 6th quarter (4th semester) status or above in the UWS chiropractic program.

Non-UWS Chiropractic Students:

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.


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 2021

Priority Application Deadline – November 20, 2020
Final Deadline – December 4, 2020
Deposit Deadline- December 16, 2020
Classes begin January 4, 2021

Spring 2021

Priority Application Deadline – February 5, 2021
Final Deadline – February 19, 2021
Deposit Deadline – March 5, 2021
Classes begin April 5, 2021

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

  • 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 uaw 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. *Concurrent UWS DC students may substitute the interview with attendance at a sports medicine information session.
  • $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.