Before you apply review the MS/MA vs MEd information. All master's programs are designed to educate students in their chosen degree path and prepare them for professional or academic work. Read through the MS/MA versus MEd comparison page to decide which program is the best fit for you.
It is highly recommended that applicants contact the professor they are interested in working with before applying online. It helps facilitate the application process and familiarizes the professor with applicants and their interests.
All required materials need to be submitted by the application deadline, December 1.
Applications received by December 1 will be given priority consideration for admission and financial support. The majority of applications are reviewed in January for admission for the following fall semester. A few applicants with exceptional credentials or exceptional situations may be considered for admission outside this review period or for semesters other than fall, but these are rare and are subject to faculty advisor availability.
You will apply online through the University of Minnesota Graduate School.
Applications must be completed online and the fee ($75 for permanent U.S. residents, $95 for international students) paid by credit card. The School of Kinesiology requires applicants to:
Starting with the 2024-25 admissions cycle, GRE scores will not be considered in the admissions review process for Ph.D. or Master's (M.S. or M.A.) applications. Additionally, GMAT scores will not be considered in the admissions review process for Master's (M.A.) applications.
All School of Kinesiology application materials are uploaded to the online application system and must be submitted by December 1 for the following fall semester.
An admission decision notice will be emailed to you once your application is carefully reviewed by the School’s admission committee and your unofficial transcripts and any credentials (test reports, diploma copies, etc.) are authenticated by University officials.
Applicants who apply by the due date (December 1) should receive an admissions decision in January or February. Assistantship applicants will find out if they received an assistantship no later than mid-April.
Faculty with expertise in the emphasis areas identified by the applicants will review the MS/MA and PhD applications. Based on the comments and recommendations of the faculty, the director of graduate studies makes the final recommendations to the Graduate School, which informs students of the School's decision.
Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. In making admission decisions, faculty reviewers and the director of graduate studies consider level of achievement in previous college work, performance on standardized graduate exams, experience, congruence of the program with an applicant's stated goals, advising and teaching load of faculty in the identified emphasis area, and academic records of other applicants for the same emphasis.
Potential MS/MA or PhD students who have not received a response by late March, should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.
See the official University catalog by emphasis areas for the Kinesiology PhD program, the Kinesiology MS program, and the Sport Management MA program.
Graduate and Professional program tuition and fees
We’re here to help. Get in touch with our Graduate Studies Office.
Zan Gao, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate Program Coordinator
& MEd Advisor