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Department of Kinesiology

Application and Admission to the MS or Ph.D. Program

I. Requirements for admission

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 (the last 60 hours of undergraduate and/or graduate credit will be reviewed and must average 3.0 or higher).
  • Combined GRE score of 1000 or better (old scoring method) or 300 (new version).

II. Application requirements

Students entering the Kinesiology graduate program must satisfy a minimum number of undergraduate competencies. These competencies are often satisfied with an undergraduate degree in kinesiology. Students without an undergraduate degree in kinesiology may be required to complete additional undergraduate coursework. A complete application file must be received by the Graduate Program Coordinator before the application can be reviewed by the Graduate Faculty for admission. The following items constitute a complete application:

  • Completed application for admission to the Graduate School (fill out online).
  • Non-refundable application fee paid to Kansas State University and received by the Graduate School (pay online). Domestic and international fee amounts are posted on the Graduate School's website. Note there is a different fee amount for domestic and international applicants. However, do not submit application fee until all parts of the application have been uploaded. Once application fee has been paid, you will not be able to upload or update any part of your application.
  • Official record of the GRE scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Have scores sent to K-State #6334.
  • One official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work must be sent directly to the Graduate Program Coordinator in Kinesiology at the address below.
  • Names and contact information of 3 individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. These should be current or former professors or employers (no more than 1) who can speak directly to the applicant's potential as a graduate student.
  • Narrative Statement of Objectives (see instructions below). Please also indicate if you are interested in the public health physical activity emphasis or the exercise physiology emphasis.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, an official record of the TOEFL score sent directly from ETS.
  • For international applicants only, a completed affidavit of financial support dated within nine months of desired entry date. Note that any substitute documentation other than the affidavit cannot be accepted.
  • GTA or GRA application (optional)

III. Priority Deadlines

  • February 1 - for Fall semester enrollment
  • August 1 - for Spring semester enrollment
  • December 1 - for Summer enrollment

Graduate research assistantships are awarded each semester as grant funding is received. Graduate teaching assistantships are normally awarded for students starting the graduate program in the fall semester. To assure full consideration for a graduate teaching assistantship beginning in the fall Semester, students should have all application materials in by February 1. Students are considered year round on a space available basis.

IV. Narrative Statement of Objectives


Prepare a typed narrative statement of two to three pages in length written in the style of a letter. Include the following:

  • Discuss why you are interested in pursuing a master's degree or Ph. D. in kinesiology, the strengths you have at the time of application for admission, and those areas in which you would like to increase your expertise, competencies, and personal development.
  • Outline your professional goals, both immediate and long-term.
  • Comment on an area of emphasis in either exercise physiology or physical activity public health behavior and a major professor.
  • Describe the one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career.

All materials should be sent to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Kinesiology
1A Natatorium
920 Denison Ave.
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas 66506