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Frequently Asked Questions

Can men apply to this program?

Yes! Anyone with a bachelor's degree or its equivalent may apply to the ESS Graduate Program.

Is the stipend payment for being an assistant coach?

No; as part of being in the program every student is assigned to be an assistant coach or trainer in his or her sport. The assignment is treated as any class (ESS 505/506). The student registers, is graded by the head coach or athletic trainer and receives credit toward his or her degree.

What is the fellowship for?

The fellowship is a full tuition waiver along with a stipend of approximately $12,450 in exchange for service to the college above and beyond your classroom and coaching responsibilities. This service can be in the form of teaching performance classes, assisting in the Olin Fitness Center or doing administrative work for the Exercise and Sport Studies or Athletic Departments.

What is "Preview Day"

At Preview Day you can visit the campus and get a better sense of the program by attending panel discussions and talking to faculty and coaches. During the day visitors can interview with department members and coaches as part of the application process. Preview Day registration is required.

Is it necessary to come to campus to interview?

It is not necessary to visit campus for an interview, but it is strongly recommended. Applicants who live far from campus can interview by telephone or Skype. Some form of interview is required for those applying for a fellowship.

Is the GRE test score required for admission?

Yes; the GRE is required for U.S. applicants. International applicants must submit TOEFL results.

Whom should my three letters of recommendation be from? Can I submit them with my application, and should the envelopes be sealed?

Your three letters of recommendation should include one that is sports related, from a coach or employer. The letters must be hard copies that have original signatures and be in sealed envelopes. They may be submitted with your application or sent to the college directly from your recommender. They must be received before the application deadline.

When is the deadline for applying?

All required materials must be received by the Graduate and Special Programs Office at Smith College BEFORE January 15 (if you are applying for any financial aid). If no financial aid is needed, the application deadline is April 1.

Can I enter the program in the spring?

No; our courses are on a set program schedule. We only accept new students entering for the fall semester.

My undergraduate degree is not in a science field. Can I still apply?

Yes; we accept applications even if you don't have a science background. You are not required to take prerequisite courses. All accepted students with no science background will be required to take ESS 175 Applied Exercise Science during the first semester in the program. This class will give you the necessary science knowledge to be successful in the program.