NOTE: Applicants for the MCERT Program in Physical Education will use a separate application system, as described here: K-12 Physical Education Master's Certificate (MCERT)


Students may qualify for admission with a 3.0 GPA for M.A./M.P.H. or 3.5 GPA for Ph.D. programs, strong GREs [50th percentile as minimums in the Verbal and Quantitative sections (approximately 150 in each section); 4.0 minimum in Analytical Writing], and a minimum of three strong recommendations from people knowledgeable about the applicant's prior academic achievements and research potential. For the MA and PhD degrees, applicants will submit a focused letter detailing academic and research goals as well as previous research experiences.  Appropriate background course work closely aligned with the intended degree specialization is expected. For the MA and PhD (but not the MPH), graduate faculty sponsorship is also necessary for admission; each faculty member has only a limited number of openings and only the most highly qualified applicants are selected. Faculty review of applications does not occur until all required parts of the application are received.

International students need a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL for Admission to the program.

Admission Application for MPH in Physical Activity:

MPH applications should be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, SOPHAS, at The application cycle opens in SOPHAS typically in September, and all application documents must be submitted via SOPHAS. Remember to designate the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, as one of your school choices along with your desired program. The University of Maryland School of Public Health GRE Code in SOPHAS is 0485.

SOPHAS will verify the information reported and send it electronically to the University of Maryland School of Public Health once complete. The verification process can take 4-6 weeks to complete. We do not accept materials outside of the SOPHAS process. The University of Maryland requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application Fee of $75 for each program.

Application Deadline for the MPH:  The priority application deadline for the MPH program is December 15; the final application deadline is April 10, 2020. This is a fall-only admission program.

Admission Application for MA and PhD in Kinesiology:

Regardless of academic preparation, for the MA and PhD programs a qualified faculty member in the proposed Area of Study must be willing to sponsor and mentor the student prior to applying. Applicants should be able to speak with the graduate faculty member with whom they would prefer to study prior to submitting an application. Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus and make appointments to interview with faculty in the area of specialization.

How to Apply:
The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically and include a non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies.

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

No materials should be sent to the department unless specifically directed by the office

Depending upon the experience of the applicant there may be additional course work required to prepare the student for the graduate program in Kinesiology. Such course work will be determined by the faculty advisor.

Application Deadlines for MA and PhD: Sept. 4th (Spring 2020) and Dec. 4th (Fall 2020)