Admission Process | M.S. in Sport Physiology and Performance Coaching

Admission to the Carroll University Master of Science in Sport Physiology and Performance Coaching requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and satisfactory completion of prerequisite coursework. The program considers all qualified applicants without discrimination regardless of race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, or handicap that does not interfere with the performance of professional sport and performance coaching as provided by law. Applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis throughout the academic year.

The accelerated 15-month, 40-credit program begins in the summer while the 24 month, 40 credit program, begins in the fall, for those looking for a more gradual pace. 

Candidates are welcome to schedule an individual meeting with admission to discuss any questions about the program or application process.

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Application Process

STEP 1: Submit the Graduate Studies Application

STEP 2: Complete and submit the following within the application status portal after submission of your application:

  1. Personal Statement - Describe a meaningful experience in your life. Reflect on how that experience influenced your personal growth, such as your attitudes or perceptions.
  2. Resume
  3. Reference List - List should contain three professional references with contact information
  4. Safety & Technical Standards Form - Found within the application status portal
  5. Official Post-Secondary Transcripts - From all institutions attended
                               Carroll University
                               Office of Admission
                               100 N. East Avenue
                               Waukesha, WI 53186

To monitor the status of your application and to submit application materials, log into your student portal at

Academic Requirements

Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited institution is required prior to matriculation.

GPA Requirement
A cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) is recommended to be considered for admission.

Pre-Professional Coursework
Pre-professional coursework should be completed within seven years of application. Candidates with coursework older than seven years should have relevant experience in the field to be considered.

Courses must be completed with grades of 'C' or better.
  • One semester of anatomy with a lab
  • One semester of physiology with a lab
    • or combined anatomy and physiology I and II courses with lab
  • One semester of exercise physiology
Proof of current CPR and first-aid certification for the professional rescuer is required prior to matriculation.

National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential or USA Weightlifting Level I (USAW-I) certification. If not certified, individuals will be required to become certified during the first term of the program.

International students may have additional admission requirements.

Contact Josh Hurlebaus for assistance at or 262.524.7225.

International Admission Process

Applicants must comply with all admission requirements listed above. Selection decisions will be based on submission and evaluation of:

  1. Completed Graduate Studies Application
  2. Professional résumé - Click here to upload to your status portal.
  3. All official post-secondary transcripts, including both graduate and undergraduate course work. Official transcripts must be mailed directly to Carroll University Office of Admission.
  4. If academic work is from outside the U.S., an official course by course evaluation report from WES or ECE is required.
  5. If the applicant’s native language is not English, an official proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, or Duolingo) is required and must be sent directly from the testing agency to Carroll University.
    • The Carroll University institution code is 1101.
    • Score results must be from a test taken within the last two years.
    • Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor's degree from one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the U.S. and Wales.​​
      • Minimum required TOEFL score:
        • 79 (internet-based test) —or—
        • 213 (computer-based test) —or—
        • 550 (paper-based test)
      • Minimum required IELTS score: 6
      • Minimum MELAB score: 85
      • Minimum Duolingo score: 105
  6. Students in F-1 visa status must complete the Statement of Financial Support and submit a bank statement.

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If the cumulative GPA is below a 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale), additional admission criteria apply and additional admission materials may be required.

Applicants must be eligible to return in good standing (be free of academic or disciplinary probation) to all institutions previously attended. Please note that at this time the Carroll University SPPC program does not offer scholarships to graduate students.

Admission Questions

Please contact Josh Hurlebaus at 262.524.7225 or

Candidates are welcome to schedule an individual meeting to discuss any questions about the program or application process at this link. 

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