Admission to the Program

Individuals interested in the Graduate Human Performance Program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) should apply for admission ( and/or a Graduate Assistantship (GA) ( on-line.

Applications must include:

  • Graduate application form
  • 1-page mission/goal statement
    • This 1-page statement describes why the Graduate Program in Human Performance will meet your needs for future career or academic interests and why you choose to apply to UW-La Crosse for graduate study.
  • GRE scores
  • 2 academic references. Please have your reference complete the following form about your academic abilities and aptitude for this program of study.
  • Transcripts of Prerequisite Courses (or equivalent)
    • ESS 205 Human Anatomy
    • ESS 206 Human Physiology
    • ESS 302 Physiology of Exercise
    • ESS 303 Biomechanics

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission. All program application materials (including the application itself, mission/goal statement, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and transcripts) should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office (142 Cleary Center, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601) and must be received by the deadlines listed below.

Deadlines for Applications

  1. Fall (or Summer) Semester Admission: February 1st
  2. Graduate Assistant (GA) Applications: March 1st

Graduate Assistantships

Students applying to the Human Performance Program may also apply for a Graduate Assistantship. Graduate Assistants may work in the UW-L Strength Centers, Biomechanics Lab, Athletic Training, or the student may be assigned in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (teaching undergraduate laboratories, CPR, activity classes, etc.)

Graduate assistantships involve 14 to 20 hours of weekly professional responsibilities. Assistants with 33% appointments work about 14 hours per week; those with 50% appointments work about 20 hours per week. The current salary for assistants with 33% appointments for the academic year (9 months) is approximately $6,648. The stipend for assistants with 50% appointments is approximately $10,124. Graduate assistants receive a monthly paycheck. Health fringe benefits are also part of the assistantship award.

A limited number of out-of-state tuition waivers are also available on a competitive basis. Wisconsin has tuition reciprocity with Minnesota. All students, including those receiving out-of-state tuition waivers, must pay in-state tuition and fees.

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship, complete the Graduate Assistant Application form and mail or fax the completed application to the Program Director:

Glenn Wright
137 Mitchell Hall
University of Wisconsin
La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 785-8689 – office
(608) 785-8172 (Fax)

Admission Links

The following links provide information regarding admission to the Graduate Human Performance program and other graduate programs at the UW-L.