To be considered for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science a student must present the following:

  • A grade point average of 2.7 or greater on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work or a grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in either the undergraduate major work or work taken during the senior year.
  • At least one semester of undergraduate level organic chemistry from an accredited institution is required prior to beginning the Bioenergetics and Exercise Science PhD program. Formal course work that includes at least one semester of biochemistry is recommended, but is not required. Preference will be given to candidates with strong science backgrounds and evidence of research experience.
  • Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • A Statement of Purpose describing the applicant's career goals and research interests which are consistent with the educational opportunities offered in the Bioenergetics and Exercise Science program.
  • Two letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant's academic competence and potential for doctoral-level work.
  • For students whose first language is not English, a minimum acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Students will be expected to have a background needed to fulfill the prerequisites for the graduate courses required in the program. For the exercise science and physiology cores, prerequisites include a course in exercise physiology and a course in human physiology or general biology at either the graduate or undergraduate level. If these prerequisites as well as the organic chemistry 1 requirement have not been met, then admitted students will be required to take classes to address the deficiencies prior to attending core classes where this background knowledge is a prerequisite. The semester hours taken to remedy deficiencies will not be counted in the required semester hours for graduation.
  • Apply at http://www.ecu.edu/gradschool/

Acceptance is subject to availability of student positions in the program.

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