How to Apply

As a prospective student, you are required to apply first using the state application system, ApplyTexas. Here, you will input your biographical information, your previous education, and your essays. We strongly encourage you to start this process well in advance of the deadline to allow us enough time to process your information.

  • Deadlines

    Admission to our graduate programs is highly competitive. Many decisions about financial assistance (fellowships, scholarships, teaching, and research assistant positions) are made well before the final application deadlines, therefore we strongly encourage Fall semester applications to submit all materials before the December 1st deadline. This will ensure that the Graduate School will have sufficient time to process your materials for our review. 

    You may apply for Fall admission after the December 1st deadline; however, fewer opportunities for obtaining departmental financial support will be available.  

    We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2020 online Sport Management M.Ed.
    The deadline for Spring 2021 applications to the Sport Management program is November 15.

    Deadline To Apply For Areas
    December 1 Fall (August) graduate admission and all departmental funding opportunities including fellowships and RA/TA positions. The department makes no guarantee that students who apply AFTER this deadline will be considered for funding. Health Behavior and Health Education
    Exercise Physiology
    Physical Culture and Sport Studies (Ph.D. only)
    Rehabilitation and Movement Science
    Sport Management (On-Campus Master's only)
    May 1 Fall (August) graduate admission only. The department makes no guarantee that students who apply AFTER this deadline will be considered for admission.
    June 15 Fall (August) graduate admission only. The department makes no guarantee that students who apply AFTER this deadline will be considered for admission. Sport Management (Online Master's only)
    October 1 Spring (January) Admission Exercise Physiology
    Rehabilitation and Movement Science
    November 15 Spring (January) Admission Sport Management (Online Master's only)

    Be sure to read about funding opportunities below.

    Learn more about the application deadlines

  • Basic Requirements
    1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
    2. 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. 

  • Application Steps

    You will need to do the following in order to complete your Application Form on ApplyTexas:

    Pay the Application Fee

    The nonrefundable application fee is $65.00 for US applicants; $90.00 for International applicants.

    Have Your Transcripts Ready

    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.

    Submitting 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. The University of Texas at Austin Institution Code is 6882.

    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.

    You are still eligible to apply and be evaluated for admission even if you do not meet these scores. The Department of Kinesiology & Health Education does not make admission decisions based solely on test scores.

    Submit Your 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. We prefer letters from professors who are familiar with your academic performance, but we will accept letters from supervisors or colleagues who can attest to your ability to succeed in a graduate program.

    The Online Sports Management Master's requires two letters of recommendation.

    Prepare a Statement of Purpose

    This essay describes your interests and commitment to the goals and curriculum of the program area they are applying to. It is recommended that you address not only your personal and academic background but also your academic and professional goals. You also can address a specific area of research interest or a member of the faculty with whom you wish to work.

    Your statement should be no longer than 3 pages double-spaced. It should be submitted online as a part of the Application Form.

    Update Your Curriculum Vitae or Resume

    A recommended length of no more than two pages. Your resume or CV should include:

    • post-high school education
    • relevant work or volunteer experience (indicate amount of time)
    • honors received
    • research experience
    • conference presentations
    • publications

    Complete Your 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. 

  • International Graduate Students

    In addition to the requirements for graduate students, international students have some additional requirements.

    Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores

    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

    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 you. If you do not pass one of the two evaluations, you will be required to take an English Second Language course during your first semester at UT. If you are required to take two English Second Language courses, you must take one course in the first semester and the second course the next semester.

  • Application Status

    The Graduate School will review your application first after you submit it. You will be sent an email confirming your submission within 1-2 days. This email will also contain the applicant’s login information (UT EID) for the MyStatus page. MyStatus will answer 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?

    Once all of your application materials are uploaded and completed, the Graduate School will refer your application to the department. This initial review process by the Graduate 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. Please use MyStatus (UT EID required) to monitor your application status. 

  • Financial Support

    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.

    Recruitment Scholarships

    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 Teaching Assistant 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  

  • After Your Decision

    Applicants may be admitted, admitted with conditions, or denied admission. Learn more on the Graduate School website.