Application Process for the MS and Ph.D. Programs

I. Requirements

Students entering the Kinesiology graduate program must satisfy a minimum number of undergraduate competencies. These competencies are often satisfied with an undergraduate or masters degree in kinesiology or similar field. For both programs, the applicant must have minimally completed a bachelor’s degree. The online application file must be completed before the application can be reviewed by the Graduate Faculty for admission. The following steps are required:

  • Completed application for admission to the Graduate School online in CollegeNet.
  • 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. Do not submit application fee until all parts of the application (except letters of recommendation) have been uploaded. Once application fee has been paid, you will not be able to upload or update any part of your application. Make sure you specify the specific degree program you are applying to.
  • Official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Can be scanned and uploaded by applicant.
  • Names and contact information of 3 individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. These should be current or former PhD level professors or instructors who can speak directly to the applicant's potential in graduate school. CollegeNet will contact these individuals directly.
  • Statement of Academic Objectives (see instructions below). In your answer, please also indicate if you are interested in the exercise behavioral science emphasis or the exercise physiology emphasis.

The Graduate Faculty in Kinesiology will process the application and provide their recommendation to the Graduate School.

II. Priority Deadlines

Students who are US citizens are considered for admission to the graduate program year round on a space available basis. For international students only, deadlines for applying for a specific term are:

  • January 8 for fall (August) enrollment
  • August 1 for spring (January) enrollment
  • December 1 for summer (June) enrollment

III. Statement of Academic 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 or doctoral degree in kinesiology in our department, 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 exercise behavioral science/public health, and a potential major professor (doctoral program).
  • Describe the one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career.

All materials should be uploaded into the online application.