Application Policies & Process

Academic Policies

Technology & Online Learning

Tuition & Financial Aid


Application Policies & Process

How do I apply for Concordia's graduate exercise science programs?

Students should apply online by clicking here.
Applicants will have required documentation such as official transcripts, letters of recommendation and other materials to supply in order to complete their application. To view our application checklist with all requirements,click here.

What are the application requirements?

In addition to the online application, for the masters programs students must submit an objective statement, all academic transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Additionally, for the Doctoral programs, students must submit a current (within past 3 years) Graduate Record Exam or Millers Analogies Test scores, a résumé, and a writing sample.

For full admission requirements, please visit here

Do I have to take the GRE?

For Doctoral programs, students can either take the GRE or the Millers Analogies Test. Test scores will be accepted if taken within the past 3 years.

At the masters level, Concordia University Chicago does not require a GRE score for admission.

Do I have to visit campus during my program?

No. Concordia’s online graduate programs in kinesiology and sports studies and 100% online.

What if my GPA is below the minimum?

Applicants who possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.84 or lower or who have earned a master’s degree with a GPA lower than 3.0 may receive provisional or probationary admission. Please see the admission requirements for a full description.

What are the requirements for international students?

International students must meet all standards for the program they wish to enter, as well as fulfill additional requirements covering English and transcripts.

May I start classes before I'm officially admitted?

Students do not need to be admitted to their masters degree program in order to register for their initial semester. Students may be placed on Pending Status until all required documentation has been received and may attend classes for one semester. Pending Status status does not apply to doctoral or international students.

Academic Policies

What is the length of time limit for completion of my masters or doctorate degree?

Completion of the masters is expected within five years of the date of entrance into coursework. Completion of the doctorate is expected within ten years of the date of entrance into coursework.

May I transfer credits from another program?

Undergraduate courses will not count toward your master of arts or master of science degree. Graduate courses from another school will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by our graduate admission staff.

Technology & Online Learning

Do I need to purchase software for the online program?

No. Online students will complete all coursework and discussions through Blackboard, which is a web-based program that includes file posting, discussion boards, a calendar and grade posting, among other tools.

What do I do if I have technological problems?

Students with technology problems or questions should call CougarNet. CougarNet is a collective group of technology services on Concordia University Chicago’s campus serving faculty, staff, and both residential, off-campus and online students. Contact the CougarNet Helpdesk at 708-209-3131 if you need personal assistance.

What type of computer do I need?

Students should be able to use whatever home computer they already own, whether a Mac or PC. You do not need to purchase a specific type of computer. You will need to have reliable access to the internet.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Are there scholarships available?

Currently, there are no university scholarships available for students in masters and doctoral programs. Students are sometimes able to obtain scholarships from an outside party.

Is there financial aid or student loan support available?

Yes. Our financial aid advisors will be happy to discuss your options and go over the application process with you. Contact one of our advisors for more information or see our financial aid options for graduate students.

Click here to learn about the steps involved in financial aid for graduate students.

Graduate students should contact Ethan Muench (Ethan.Muench@CUChicago.edu, 708-209-3234).

When is payment due?

Payment is due before the start of each class.

When is a tuition guarantee?

CU Chicago’s tuition guarantee program is an important way we help keep tuition affordable and predictable, so you know what the total cost of your education will be. As long as there are no interruptions in your course of study, we guarantee your tuition will remain the same and never increase while earning your degree.