Graduate Application Procedures and Requirements
While the UWF Graduate School home page provides detailed instructions on the UWF graduate admission application procedures, the information below will assist you in preparing the additional documentation needed by the Department of Health, Leisure, & Exercise Science to complete your graduate admissions application for the four masters programs in this department.
The graduate programs in the Department of Health, Leisure, & Exercise Science prepare qualified professionals to obtain graduate degrees (M.S.) in Health Promotion, Exercise Science, and Physical Education. We also offer the (M.S.A.) in Health Care Administration. For more information on our doctoral program, please refer to the Ed.D. in Health and Physical Education website. The newly begun Doctor of Physical Therapy program also has all of the admissions requirements on their website.
UWF Admission Requirements (Online)
- UWF Graduate School application
- GRE scores from General (Math and Verbal) Exam or the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) taken within the last 5 years
- Two original transcripts for all undergraduate work
Department Requirements (mailed to Graduate School Admissions)
Note: Letter of Intent should be addressed to Program Coordinator for the specialization.
- Letter of Intent
- Three Letters of Recommendation (PDF)
Our deadline for receipt of completed applications (all materials described below) is:
- Fall Semester = July 1
- Spring Semester = November 1
- Summer Semester = March 1
Applications received after the above deadlines will be considered for the following semester.
GRE and MAT Scores
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) are required as a part of the application packet for the Department of Health, Leisure, & Exercise Science. An admissions decision will not be made until we receive your test score. Information about examinations is available at University Testing Center.
Important Information on the GRE
It is important for you to be aware that the GRE revised General Test replaced the previous GRE General Test in August 2011. This change impacted the graduate school admissions process since a new score scale was developed for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures. The new format of the GRE is the only option available, so this may not impact students who have never taken the GRE previously.
- The first administration of the GRE revised General Test was August 1, 2011. For test takers who took the GRE revised General Test in August and September 2011, score reports were sent to graduate school admissions starting in early-November 2011. For test takers who took the GRE revised General Test in October and November 2011, there was also a special score reporting schedule. In December 2011, score reporting returned to the regular reporting period of 10-15 days after test day.
- There were changes to the test content, design, and reporting of results to graduate admissions. The score scale for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures changed to a new 130-170 score scale, in 1-point increments (versus 200-800 in 10-point increments on the original test). Analytical Writing scores continue to be reported on the same 0-6 score scale, in half-point increments. Concordance information will be available and will be included on score reports starting November 2011.
A brief summary of the changes is available on the GRE website at ets.org/gre/revisedtest.
A graduate school resume is a document that accompanies your application to UWF. It provides the admissions committee with more information than what is included in the application and focuses on what we need to know to better evaluate your candidacy. This resume is designed to enhance your application and provide yet another opportunity to tell us more about yourself and/or your achievements.
Letter of Intent
This letter should provide an overview of why you are interested in: (1) obtaining a graduate degree; and (2) selecting UWF's graduate program in the Department of Exercise Science and Community Health. Your letter can include how your past educational, employment, and personal experiences contributed to your decision to pursue graduate studies. You should also include your future career goals at the completion of your degree. Additionally, if you have had past experiences that may have impacted past academic performance, you should address this in your letter of intent.
Applicants should have faculty/instructors from their undergraduate studies or previous employers complete three (3) Recommendation Forms. If you have employment experience or been out of school for over 2 years and have acquired job skills relevant to graduate studies, the recommendation of a supervisor can also be utilized.