Are you considering applying to the University of Maryland and majoring in Kinesiology?  Or are you already a University of Maryland student and you're thinking of changing your major to KNES or adding it as a double major?  Explore your options below!

Applying as a Freshman

Want to Learn More? Do you have questions about the program? Are you planning a visit to campus and want to meet with an advisor? We enjoy meeting prospective students to learn more about their interests and to ensure that our program is the best fit for you! Email Lindsey Winter at to schedule an appointment.

Ready to Apply? As a first-semester freshman, a student may be granted admission into the Kinesiology (KNES) major upon admission to the University of Maryland, College Park.  Freshmen can list KNES as their intended major on their application.  The department does not participate in the admissions decision process.

Already Admitted? Congratulations! We encourage you to attend an Open House where we can meet you and provide you with more information. View dates and registration information for University Open House dates here: 

Transfering to UMD 

Want to Learn More? Before declaring Kinesiology as your major, we recommend meeting with Pre-Transfer advising to review how your earned credit will apply to your degree at UMD. Pre-transfer advisors are available on-site at the following Maryland community colleges: AACC, MC, PGCC, and CSM.  Their UMD office is located in 0110 Hornbake Library. If you have specific questions about Kinesiology and our degree requirements, please email Lindsey Winter at to schedule an appointment.

Ready to Apply? Students interested in transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park need to apply for admission to the university, indicating Kinesiology as their preferred major. Click here to visit the Undergraduate Admissions website to begin your application!

Already Admitted? Congratulations! Once you have been accepted, the next step is to attend an Orientation Program. At orientation, the student will have the opportunity to meet with academic advisors in the Kinesiology department and review how their transfer credit applies to their degree progress. Advisors will also assist with course selection and registration for the upcoming semester. Additional information about preparing for orientation is available through the Center for Academic Success and Achievement.

Changing your Major/Addition of Major

Attend a Workshop: Students interested in changing their major to Kinesiology or wanting to declare Kinesiology as a double major or degree must register for and complete our change of major workshop.  Please be sure to register for a workshop, and not an individual appointment with an advisor. Click here to register for a change of major workshop.

  • COVID-19 Update: The Kinesiology Change of Major Workshop is completed asynchronously through an ELMS course. You will receive a copy of your program sheet, invitation to the ELMS course, and directions for completing the modules by noon on the day of your registered workshop. You will have 48 hours to complete all modules. If your modules are not completed after 48 hours, you will be considered a "no-show" and be deactivated from the ELMS course. An individual meeting with a KNES advisor is not required for the change of major workshop. If you have any additional questions, please email Lindsey Winter at

Make an Academic Plan: After completing the workshop with Kinesiology, students will need to attend an academic plan workshop with the Center for Academic Success and Achievement. A student's major will be officially changed within 10 business days of submitting a completed academic plan to the CASA advising office (0222 SPH Building). Click here to register for an Academic Plan Workshop.

  • COVID-19 Update: Academic Plan Workshops will be conducted online through the spring 2021 semester. These are conducted via a synchronous video meeting. Students will receive the video link and more information 24 hours prior to their registered workshop. If you have additional questions, please email

IMPORTANT: Students who already had two unsuccessful attempts of benchmark courses, or who need a Dean's exception to repeat a required benchmark course (BSCI170/171, BSCI201, BSCI202 or KNES core) will not be allowed to change into the Kinesiology major. Contact a KNES advisor if you need clarification.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm interested in Physical Therapy. Is Kinesiology a good major to prepare me for this?

A: Yes! Physical therapy is a popular interest for our students and can help prepare you for a PTA or DPT program. We have several courses that satisfy major requirements to help prepare students for PT school, such as Principles & Techniques of Manual Muscle Testing.  Please note that there are additional courses required as prerequisites for DPT programs that are not required for the major, such as Physics and Chemistry. This means you can take these courses as electives for your degree. To view a sample four-year plan that outlines your Kinesiology major requirements, General Education requirements, and PT prerequisite courses, please visit here.

Q: What can I do with a degree in Kinesiology?

A: Since Kinesiology is an interdisciplinary field, our students have a variety of interests. Some popular interests include Medicine and Allied Health, such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Athletic Training, and Medicine.  To view sample graduation plans with the recommended prerequisites for pre health fields, please visit here. Other interests include fitness, health promotion and wellness, and sport. To view job titles of recent graduates and a list of employers, view our career guide.

Q: Do you offer any concentrations?

A: Students do not declare a track or concentration, but the Upper Level Option courses provide a deeper exploration of the CORE areas and an opportunity to customize their degree. Students can select Option courses from a similar content area, or continue to explore a broad variety of interests. Examples include: Motor Development and Fitness for Individuals with Disabilities, Sport Marketing and Media, Exercise Testing & Prescription for the Fitness Professional, Principles & Application of Exercise Rehabilitation, and Physical Activity and Disease Prevention and Treatment.

Q: I'm interested in double majoring/adding a minor/studying abroad. Is there room for me to do this with Kinesiology?

A: All students complete an academic plan in their first semester to visualize how they can complete their degree requirements. In general, most students will need about 30 elective credits (or 10 courses) to complete their degree. These can be applied to a semester abroad, a double major, minor, and more! You can view a list of minors here, but some popular choices include Human Development, Neuroscience, and Business.

Q: Will I have mandatory advising or help with course selection?

A: Kinesiology students do not have an assigned advisor, rather the advisors work as a team to serve the students.  Some students choose to meet with the same advisor every time and some choose the advisor based on which meeting time works for their schedule. Either way works!  We strongly encourage students to meet with an advisor regularly to discuss course requirements, benchmarks, academic plans, internships, schedules, and career planning. At orientation, advisors will assist students with course selection and registration.  All freshmen take UNIV100 in their first semester which is taught by an advisor in the School of Public Health.  Kinesiology students are encouraged to meet with an advisor regularly, but they will not be required to meet with an advisor again until they earn 75 credits (typically their Junior year).  

Q: I was accepted to a living-learning program. How will these requirements fit into my degree?

A: All students take General Education, Major Requirements, and Electives to earn at least 120 credits to complete their degree. Any courses required for a living-learning program will count as elective credit.

Q: What classes should I take at my community college or current institution to be ready for Kinesiology?

A: If you are currently enrolled at a Maryland Community College, we recommend working with the Pre-Transfer Advising office. You can also use the Transfer Credit database to search for courses at your institution to know if they are equivalent to a course at UMD. In general, it is helpful to take courses equivalent to: 

BSCI170/171: Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
BSCI201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BSCI202: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
MATH113, 115, 120, or 140: Precalculus or Calculus
STAT100: Elementary Statistics and Probability
KNES287: Sport and American Society
KNES293: History of Sport in America
Courses that satisfy General Education requirements for Fundamental Academic Writing (FSAW), Humanities (DSHU), and Oral Communication (FSOC)

Q: Is there someone I can meet with to discuss my questions?

A: Our academic advisors are happy to assist you with any questions you may have. As a prospective student, you should email Lindsey Winter at to set up a phone or in-person appointment to ask any questions about our program.