The program is open to students with varied undergraduate backgrounds and has few science-related academic prerequisites.
Requirements for Admission:
Bachelor’s degree earned at an accredited college or university
3.00 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) for the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Program prerequisites include exercise physiology (this course can be taken after admission to the program)
International applicants who are fluent in written and spoken English are encouraged to apply. To be considered for admission, international applicants must meet university requirements for writing and speaking English
For international students whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score of 600 (or 100 on the internet based test), a minimum score of 68 on the Pearson Test of English, or a minimum IELTS score of 7 is required.
An applicant for graduate study may be admitted without reference to the undergraduate average provided that he or she has maintained either a 3.3 cumulative grade point average in a master's degree program completed at an accredited institution; or has maintained a 3.5 cumulative grade point average in the last 12 credit hours which are part of a master's or doctoral degree program still in progress at the time he or she applies; or in graduate work taken in nondegree status at American University and applicable to the degree program for which he or she is applying.
The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process, though if you are requesting to be considered for a merit award, the application deadline is February 1.
Each application for graduate admission is evaluated on an individual basis. Once your application and all of your supporting documents are received in the graduate admissions office, they go through an initial evaluation. Your application file is then passed along to a faculty admissions committee within the department to which you are applying. The faculty committee makes a recommendation for an admission or denial, which is approved by the Academic Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Before you mail documents to the CAS Graduate Admissions Office, please take a moment to make sure that you have completed each part of the application process. The application checklist can be used as a guide. If you have any questions about your application, please contact the Health Promotion Graduate Admissions Coordinator at