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Academic Progression


    3+2 Accelerated Program

    Students enrolled in the five-year master's degree program will be required to meet the following criteria to retain their guaranteed admission to the professional phase of the education (years four and five).

    • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 both overall and in prerequisite coursework. (evaluated after sophomore year, spring semester) Failure to do so will lead to probationary status in which the student will be granted one year to show progress toward raising their GPA to the acceptable standard. At the end of the yearlong probationary period, the student must possess a cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher or they will be removed from the five-year master's program and will be placed in the undergraduate Sport and Exercise Science bachelor degree program. The student may then apply for admission to the entry-level master's degree program at the conclusion of the undergraduate degree and will be considered according to the standards highlighted previously.
    • Students must achieve a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses.
      • One semester biology (100 level course)
      • 200 level social/behavioral science (Gannon students recommended to take PSYCH 222)
      • One semester of physics (100 level course with or without lab is acceptable)
      • One semester of chemistry with lab (100 level with lab)
      • Exercise physiology with lab (3 or 4 credit depending on syllabus) *may be 3 credit with lab component embedded in course
      • 2 semesters of 3-4 credits of anatomy and physiology - lab required (may have a 3 credit course if syllabus identifies a lab component)
      • If anatomy is taken by itself then it must be two semesters, if physiology is taken by itself there must be 2 semesters OR Anatomy and Physiology I & II
      • Statistics
      • Research Design/Methods - Recommended but not required
    • The student is permitted to retake prerequisite courses but must recognize that, given the accelerated nature of the program, deviating from the designed progression is not recommended if the student is to stay on pace for successful matriculation through to the professional portion of the program.

    Two-Year Post Baccalaureate

    Students enrolled in the professional master's program, as well as five-year master's students in the professional phase of their program will be required to meet the following criteria in order to matriculate to graduation from the program.

    • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0; students who fall below these criteria will be granted one semester of probationary status in which they will be required to raise their grade point average above the minimum standard, or they will be separated from the program.
    • Achieve a grade of C or better in all 500-level and cross-listed courses,
    • Retake no more than two 500-level / cross-listed courses over the course of the program.