Prospective Students

The School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies is committed to preparing and educating our graduate students to take on real world challenges in fields related to sport, exercise, and physical activity. We believe that Bowling Green State University offers a vibrant, diverse educational opportunity. Located in northwest Ohio, 20 minutes south of Toledo, Bowling Green was recently named one of the top college towns in America. Find out for yourself what makes BGSU such a special place.



Application information available here

  • Yes, we require the general exam only. For more information about the GRE:
  • The GRE requirement is waived if:
    • Undergraduate GPA is 3.5 or higher and 3 years of post-bachelor's relevant experience
    • Applicant has five or more years professional experience post-bachelor's degree.
  • Students who score around the 50th percentile or higher are generally considered for admission. However, GRE scores are only one indicator of potential for success in graduate studies.  

*Due to COVID-19, BGSU is temporarily waiving the GRE and GMAT requirements for all applicants to any of the University’s graduate certificate and master’s degree programs through Fall 2022.


  • To send test scores directly to BGSU, please use the code 1069.


  • Each of the three specializations are set up to be completed in two academic years. Most classes are taught once every two years.

  • There are several leadership opportunities at BGSU! Within the School of Human Movement, Sport, & Leisure Studies there are opportunities to serve on the Graduate Student Advisory Board, the Community Outreach Committee or be the Graduate Faculty Student Representative.
  • Other opportunities include the Graduate Student Senate, Graduate Women’s Caucus and We Are One Team, which offers opportunities to become involved in campus-wide initiatives about sport and social justice.


  • Students register through their MyBGSU account. For help with registration, visit their page.


  • Students whose applications are received by the deadlines noted above will typically receive an answer within one month.
  • Responses to late applications may take up to 8 weeks (late applications are considered if spaces within a program are still available)

  • The School of Human Movement, Sport & Leisure Studies has approximately 14-18 assistantships annually.
  • To be considered for a GA position, you need to have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
  • The School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies also has on-going relationships with a number of potential assistantship sites, including BGSU Athletics and BGSU Recreation & Wellness. Prospective students should apply directly to these programs to secure a graduate assistantship.
  • We do our best to help each admitted student find an assistantship that provides the best fit. For other assistantship opportunities on campus, visit

  • Students in Kinesiology, Sport Administration, or Leisure and Tourism have three options: write a thesis, complete a major project, or a comprehensive exam
  • A thesis entails completing a research study
  • A project is an applied or practical endeavor related to students’ coursework. Examples include developing a marketing plan, creating a handbook of mental skills for athletes, producing a treatment protocol or emergency plan and developing a conditioning program for a specific team.
  • A comprehensive exam is a written test of the student's knowledge in their academic program  

Updated: 04/10/2022 07:55PM