Overview

Students for the MA in Kinesiology and MPH in Physical Activity may qualify for admission with a 3.0 GPA, and a 3.5 GPA for Ph.D. programs. Appropriate background course work closely aligned with the intended degree specialization is expected. Depending upon the experience of the applicant, additional course work may be required to prepare the student for the graduate program in Kinesiology. Determination of this course work is up to the discretion of the faculty advisor. International students need a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL for Admission to the program.

If you are applying to the MA or PhD program, please ensure that you have faculty sponsorship before applying. Faculty sponsorhsip is not required for the MPH. Each faculty member has 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.

Please view your intended degree program below for more specific application requirements.

Application for MPH in Physical Activity

Application Materials

  1. GRE exam scores
    • 50th percentile as minimums in the Verbal and Quantitative sections (approximately 150 in each section) and 4.0 minimum in Analytical Writing
    • The University of Maryland School of Public Health GRE Code in SOPHAS is 0485
    • Note: the GRE requirement will be waived for the 2021 application cycle
  2. Three letters of recommendation
    • Letters should be from people knowledgeable about the applicant's prior academic achievements and potential
  3. Personal Statement
    • A focused letter detailing academic and career goals as well as any previous research experiences

Submitting Your Application

MPH applications should be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, SOPHAS, at www.SOPHAS.org. The application cycle in SOPHAS typically opens 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.

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. 


Supplemental Application

The University of Maryland requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application Fee of $75 for each program.


Application Deadlines

This is a fall-only admission program. The dates below are for admission for the Fall 2021 term.

The priority application deadline: December 13, 2020

The final application deadline: April 9, 2021

Application for MA and PhD in Kinesiology

 

Obtain Faculty Sponsorship

 

Regardless of academic preparation, a qualified faculty member in the proposed Area of Study (i.e. Cognitive Motor Neuroscience, Exercise Physiology, or Physical Cultural Studes) must be willing to sponsor and mentor the student prior to applying. Applicants should speak with the faculty member with whom they prefer to study. Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus and make appointments to interview with faculty.

A list of faculty in the Department of Kineisology is accessible here.


Application Materials

 

  1. GRE exam scores
    • 50th percentile as minimums in the Verbal and Quantitative sections (approximately 150 in each section) and 4.0 minimum in Analytical Writing
    • Note: the GRE requirement will be waived for the 2021 application cycle
  2. Three letters of recommendation
    • Letters should be from people knowledgeable about the applicant's prior academic achievements and potential
  3. Personal Statement
    • A focused letter detailing academic and research goals as well as any previous research experiences

Submitting Your Application

 

The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through the UMD 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 must 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.

Please do not submit materials to the department unless specifically directed by the Kinesiology office.


Application Deadlines

 

Admission for Spring 2021: September 4, 2020

Admission for Fall 2021: December 4, 2020