Application Materials

Application materials

M.A./M.S. and Ph.D. applicants

All application materials, including transcripts, most updated resumee, and a copy of the GRE score are to be submitted directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system.

We cannot review your application until ALL of the materials listed below are submitted successfully.

Note: If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, see details here.

Online application through ApplyYourself

M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. students need to

  • Apply Online to create and complete your application (you can save the form and return to it as often as you wish prior to submission).

  • Upload transcripts and credentials (see below for instructions).

  • Pay the application fee from within the online application, and submit your application.

What happens after I submit my application?

  • Your application is immediately available to your program for review.

  • You will receive email status updates at each point in the admission process.

  • To learn whether your GRE or TOEFL scores have been received by our office, click here.

  • You can return to the application system to check the status of your application.

  • Review Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the post-submission application process.

School of Kinesiology program required materials

Applicant Statements

Please address all of the following questions within Statement #1 (and complete Statement #2 per ApplyYourself application instructions):

  • How did you become interested in your selected emphasis area in Kinesiology?

  • What specific issues in your emphasis area interest you most and why?

    What outstanding strengths, expertise, or research experience would contribute to your success in the Kinesiology graduate program?

  • What are your professional goals for pursuing an M.S./M.A./Ph.D.?

  • What are your specific reasons for applying to the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota?

Program Supplementary Information

Upload the following: Kinesiology program application; writing sample, such as an excerpt from a term paper or research paper for publication to demonstrate your academic writing ability (no more than five pages in English); description of research or work experience; resume or CV; unofficial copies of GRE/TOEFL scores; other credentials if applicable.


M.S./M.A. and Ph.D. applicants must include three recommenders in their online application. The recommenders will be contacted through emails that are sent by ApplyYourself with instructions on how to submit their recommendations. If possible, the recommender should be someone from an academic setting who can attest to your ability to succeed in a competitive professional program. If you have been out of school for two or more years, the recommendation may be sent by an employer or other persons from a professional setting.

Optional: Common Ground Consortium Fellowship

The College of Education and Human Development offers the Common Ground Consortium Fellowship for African-American students. The Common Ground Consortium (CGC) is a program that develops proactive and collaborative Black intellectual leaders of education and human development whose focus is to impact and transform the University, greater communities, and world.

If you wish to apply for this fellowship, you can do so by submitting a statement that briefly addresses the following: Given that the U of MN is a public land grant institution, it is imperative that CGC scholars can both benefit personally from their membership in the program as well as further the University's founding mission to contribute to scholarship that benefits the local and greater communities. Please describe how your participation as a CGC scholar would do the following: (a) enhance your graduate student experience, (b) prepare you for your chosen career, and (c) benefit the public.

Upload your statement in the Program Supplementary Information - Upload #1 section.


Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to ApplyYourself for this application process. If you are accepted into the program, you will need to then provide the University with official transcripts.

Note: Your application must indicate each institution of higher learning from which you have earned credit and you must submit transcripts or academic records for each of these institutions. This includes partial or incomplete transcripts.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores are required for admission. Preferred minimum GRE scores for the new GRE administered after July 31, 2011, are as follows: 153 (Verbal), 153 (Quantitative), and 4.5 (Analytical Writing). For the GRE taken up to July 31, 2011, it is preferred that M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. applicants score at least 500 on the verbal section and 680 on the quantitative section. The GRE must have been taken no more than five years before applying to the program. The General Test Department code is 0623; University of Minnesota code is 6874. The GRE Subject Test is not required. Information on the GRE can be found on the Graduate School web site.

Note: for applications to the Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management: GMAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores. Preferred minimums for GMAT scores are: Verbal, 33; Quantitative, 44; Analytical Writing, 5.0.

English language proficiency requirement

The TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB is required of an applicant whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship status. For details, please visit this Graduate School web page.