Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Graduate: Process and Requirements

Please follow these steps when submitting an application For more general questions, make sure you check out KIN’s Frequently Asked Questions or our Graduate School FAQs.  If you cannot find what you are looking for please contact the department directly at

Graduate School Requirements

1Online Application to The Graduate School

Login to The Graduate School’s Online Application.

2All official transcripts

Send to the Graduate School directly. One official transcript is needed from all colleges and universities previously attended. If credit from one institution has been transferred to another and is listed on the receiving institution’s transcript, a transcript from the original institution is not required. If an applicant is currently enrolled in a degree program and will not graduate prior to an admission deadline, transcripts should be provided that reflect courses in progress. It will speed up the processing of your application greatly if you also upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) issued by your institution(s) registrar’s office that includes the official seal as part of your online application (student advising transcripts are not accepted). Please remember that you must still have your official transcript(s) sent to The Graduate School even if you supply official copies.

3GRE scores

Due to issues surrounding COVID-19, submission of GRE scores is optional for Fall 2022 applications.  In isolated cases, faculty may suggest that applicants submit GRE scores.

4English Language Proficiency

The English Language Proficiency requirement must be fulfilled for all non-native English speaking applicants regardless of citizenship. It can be waived if the student has earned a US degree or has an acceptable score on either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam. It can also be fulfilled by completing Level 5 of our Interlink program.  Please see more information on requirements for international applicants here.

5Three Recommendations

All applicants must submit a minimum and maximum of three recommendations.   In most cases The Department would prefer at least two of the recommendations to be from faculty members who can address your academic capability.  All recommendations are to be uploaded through The Graduate School’s online application system.

Departmental Notes

6Graduate Assistantships

All qualifying applicants are considered for assistantships. You do not need to apply for an assistantship.  NOTE: Due to the way certain programs are structured, potential students applying to the EdD, MSAT, or Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology are typically not considered for assistantships.

7Application Materials

  • EdD — Complete applications received by January 15 receive priority consideration.  However, applications submitted through April 1 will be considered for Fall admission if program capacity allows.  The EdD program accepts students for Fall admission only.
  • MSAT — Complete applications must be submitted by January 15.  The MSAT program accepts students for Summer admission only.
  • MS, MS/PhD, PhD —  Complete applications received by January 15 receive priority consideration for admission and funding.  Applications submitted through July 1 will be considered for Fall admission if program capacity allows. Spring admission is possible but unlikely and we have no assistantship funds for spring applicants.

Important: International applicants are required to have their credentials formally evaluated. More information about this requirement can be found here.