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

Deadline

To Apply For

Areas

December 1

Fall (August) graduate admission if you wish to be considered for a scholarship.

Health Behavior and Health Education
Exercise Science
Physical Culture and Sport Studies (Ph.D. only)
Sport Management (Master's only)

May 1

Fall (August) graduate admission only.

October 1

Spring (January) Admission

Exercise Science only.

Deadline extended to December 20

Spring (January) Admission

Online Sport Management Master's Program

Note that Exercise Science is the only program that offers Spring and Fall admission. Be sure to read about funding opportunities below.

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 faculty you wish to work with.

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 does 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 the first semester and the second course the next semester.

Application Status

The Graduate School wwill 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 http://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/apply/.