All graduate students are required to apply to the state application system ApplyTexas. This application is used to apply to all Texas state universities and colleges. Students will input biographical information, previous education, and essays via ApplyTexas.
To Apply For
Fall (August) graduate admission if you wish to be considered for a scholarship.
Fall (August) graduate admission only.
Spring (January) Admission
Exercise Science only.
Note that Exercise Science is the only program that offers Spring and Fall admission. Be sure to read about funding opportunities below.
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
- A minimum required GPA (3.0) particularly during the last two years of college and in any graduate study previously undertaken.
Be sure to check our graduate program pages for more information about application requirements.
After the ApplyTexas application is submitted, the Graduate School will review your application. Applicants will be sent an email confirming their application submission within 1-2 days after submission. This email will also contain the applicant’s login information (UT EID) for the MyStatus page. MyStatus answers questions like:
- Is my application complete?
- What's missing?
- Do I need to submit a CV? Another essay? A transcript?
- Did you receive my test scores?
- Did I upload this document successfully? Can I delete and re-upload this document?
- Have you received my letters of recommendation? How can I change my recommenders?
- Why was my transcript declined?
Applicants complete their Application Form by uploading the following items to ApplyTexas:
The nonrefundable application fee is $65.00 for US applicants; $90.00 for International applicants.
Transcripts are required for each senior college attended. A PDF of the official transcript can be uploaded, but an official transcript from that college will be required after acceptance to a program. Each transcript can be uploaded only once, so please make sure you have the correct and full version of each transcript before uploading. Learn more about how to submit your transcripts from the Graduate School's site.
Official GRE Scores
GRE scores should be submitted directly through ETS. On test day, you will be able to designate which universities you would like your scores to be sent to. If you need additional scores sent, you should do so through the ETS website.
Our department prioritizes GRE scores with a score of 150 or higher on the verbal section, and 150 or higher on the quantitative section, or a combined score of 300 or higher.
Applicants who do not meet these scores are still eligible to apply and be evaluated for admission. The Department of Kinesiology & Health Education does not make admission decisions based solely on test scores.
Letters of Recommendation
Our department requires three letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be notified by email with instructions on how to upload their letters once you have submitted and paid for your application. Letters should come from professors who are familiar with the applicant's academic performance and potential.
Statement of Purpose
This essay describes the applicant's interests and commitment to the goals and curriculum of the program area they are applying to. It is recommended to address not only the applicant’s personal and academic background but also their academic and professional goals. The applicant can also address a specific area of research interest or a member of faculty they wish to work with.
This statement should be no longer than 3 pages double-spaced. It should be submitted online as a part of the Application Form.
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
A recommended length of no more than two pages. The resume or CV should include:
- post-high school education
- relevant work or volunteer experience (indicate amount of time)
- honors received
- research experience
- conference presentations
Declaration of Intent
This form should be completed to indicate which program of study you intend to complete. You can choose from master's and doctoral programs.
TA Application (Optional)
Students interested in completing an assistantship should complete the Teaching Assistant Application.
International Graduate Students
In addition to the requirements for graduate students, international students have some additional requirements.
Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores (International Applicants Only)
Students applying from other countries should submit either their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Scores. The recommended minimum scores provided by the Graduate School are:
- TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT)
- IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination
English Language Evaluation (International Applicants)
All new international students with undergraduate degrees from non-English-speaking universities are required to undergo a brief evaluation for speaking and writing English (English Second Language evaluation). This helps us better serve the needs of our international students and the faculty who work with them.
The International Office will conduct the English language evaluation during International Student Orientation. This evaluation is done at no cost to the student. If the student does not pass one of the two evaluations, they will be required to take an English Second Language course during their first semester at UT. If the student is required to take two English Second Language courses, they must take one course the first semester and the second course the next semester.
Once all application materials are uploaded and completed, the Graduate School will refer your application to the department. This initial review process by the grad school will take about 1 – 2 weeks, so be sure to have everything turned in well in advance of the deadline. Applicants typically learn about the department’s decisions in April.
MyStatus (UT EID required) will let you see what application materials are missing, as well as allow you to upload required documents. Please use this online status check to monitor your application status.
The department makes no guarantees that students who apply AFTER December 1 will be considered for funding opportunities such as fellowships and RA/TA positions.
All applicants with completed applications will be considered for financial support.
We offer recruitment scholarships and academic assistantship positions and give priority consideration to those who complete their application process by the December 1. Applicants who submit after December 1 will still be considered for any remaining financial support as the final deadline approaches. Please review the following information regarding your eligibility and how selections are made for these funds.
We have a limited number of recruitment scholarships to offer. Selections for these awards are competitive and will be made based on academic merit, research interests, and strong credentials; there is no separate application form to complete. You will be notified if you have been selected for a recruitment award.
Teaching Assistant Positions
We offer Teaching Assistant (TA) positions in our Physical Activity Education (PED) classes, as well as in our Academic Classes.
To be considered for a TA position for our Physical Activity Education (PED) classes, please download our TA Application, fill it out and submit it to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
You will be notified if you have been selected for a TA Position for our Physical Activity Education classes.
The faculty members make selections for TA positions to their Academic Classes. There is no application to submit. Priority is given to students already in the graduate program. Faculty may select applicants based on relevant experience and research interests. You will be notified if you have been selected for a TA Position for our Academic Classes.
Graduate Research Assistant Positions
Some faculty members have research funds available to hire students as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) in their research labs. The faculty member will make his or her own selections for these positions. There is no application to submit. Priority is given to students already in the graduate program. Faculty may select applicants for these positions based on relevant experience and research interests. You will be notified if you have been selected for a GRA position.
For Your Information: Employment at The University of Texas at Austin
Offers of employment are generally made separately from offers of admission. If you are offered employment at The University of Texas at Austin, including employment as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), you must successfully pass a criminal background check. For information about how our Office of Human Resources reviews criminal history background checks, please visit http://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/apply/.