Application requirements and steps for all M.S.K. options

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Master of Science in Kinesiology, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You should have a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, physical education, exercise science, or a related area.
  • If your bachelor’s degree is in an area unrelated to kinesiology, you can be considered for admission to the program if you complete additional undergraduate courses, including:
    • BIOL-N 217: Human Physiology (5 credits) or equivalent (must have a laboratory)
    • BIOL-N 261: Human Anatomy (5 credits) or equivalent (must have a laboratory)
    • KINE-P 391: Biomechanics (3 credits) or one semester of college physics covering mechanics
    • KINE-P 409: Basic Physiology of Exercise or equivalent
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  • GRE scores are recommended as one component to strengthen the prospective student’s application.

For students interested in M.S.K. + public health graduate certificate

Students intending to study in the M.S.K. + public health graduate certificate track must also apply to the Fairbanks School of Public Health.

View graduate certificate admissions 

Application deadline is rolling, with either spring- or fall-semester admission.

Application instructions

  1. Plan to secure three letters of recommendation (not a relative). You will need the names and email addresses of your submitters for the IU CAS application. Please make your recommenders aware of your application and deadline, and give them three to four weeks to prepare. They will be sent a link to submit the letters.
  2. Craft a personal statement. The statement should address your professional experiences, personal goals, and career aspirations plus how earning a master’s degree relates to each. This should be one page, double-spaced, and ready to upload into the IU CAS application. Tips for writing are included on the graduate application page.
  3. Request official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. Please allow additional time for international transcripts. Send by email to or mail to: School of Health & Human Sciences, Attn: SHHS Graduate Admissions Coordinator, 1050 Wishard Blvd., Third Floor, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
  4. Be prepared to pay for application.
  5. GRE test scores not required. 

Information for international students

In addition to the requirements above, international applicants must follow the international application process and admission standards of the Office of International Affairs.

To earn admissions as an international applicant, you must also meet these program requirements:

  • If you are a non-native English speaker, you must meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency.
  • Applicants who complete coursework outside of the United States must have their official foreign transcripts evaluated and translated by an approved independent educational evaluating service based in the United States at their own expense. The evaluation should establish a degree equivalent and course-by-course equivalent for all foreign coursework.

Approved evaluation centers

International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Phone: 310-258-9451

Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: 305-273-1616

World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
PO Box 745
New York, NY 10113-0745
Phone: 212-966-6311
World Education Services

Minimum requirement for English proficiency

The test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) test is used and you must meet the following scores for each sub-section and total.

  • Reading: 22
  • Listening: 22
  • Speaking: 26
  • Writing: 24