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Required Qualifications

Only applicants with the following qualifications will be considered:


  1. Successful completion of an Exercise Science-related Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. 3.0 or higher GPA
  3. 3.0 or higher GPA in the following courses
    • Human Anatomy
    • Human Physiology
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Chemistry and/or Biology
    • Statistics and/or Research Methods (must have a B- or higher)
    • If you’re not sure if your course meets these requirements, contact and
  4. Faculty support (via letters of recommendation) of the applicant’s ability to complete a masters degree, including a thesis project, without reservations.

Strength & Conditioning

  1. Certified as a CSCS or CSCCa by August 1st, 2023. Must obtain CSCS within 1 year of enrollment.
  2. At least 300 hours of strength and conditioning experience.
  3. Able to write safe and realistic programs for an Olympic Varsity Sport.
  4. Strength Coach support (via letters of recommendation) of the applicant’s ability to provide strength and conditioning services to a UNC varsity sports teams, without reservations.

Preferred Qualifications

Applicants with the following qualifications will be more competitive:

In-state Residency


  1. Describe a clear research interest (for your Thesis) and mention which exercise physiology faculty members best reflect your interest (they may mentor/oversee your thesis project).
  2. Previous research experience (e.g., senior honors thesis, worked on a faculty’s project, presented at a conference, etc.)

Strength and Conditioning

  1. Team-based strength and conditioning experience
  2. Applicant’s coaching philosophy is congruent with that of the UNC Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning Staff.