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Department of Kinesiology

Admission Requirements

Minimum Departmental Prerequisites

BIOL 2457 Human Anatomy 
BIOL 2458 Human Physiology
MATH 1302 College Algebra 
KINE 3300 Functional Anatomy
KINE 3301 Biomechanics of Human Movement
KINE 3315 Physiology of Exercise 

Individual graduate advisors / research mentors may require additional prerequisites courses.

A pre-program of study will be written and signed by the prospective student and the graduate advisor.

Before You Apply Identify Your Graduate Research Mentor

Before applying to the graduate program in Exercise Science the applicant must meet with his/her prospective graduate academic/research advisor to determine:

  1. If the graduate advisor/research mentor is currently accepting graduate students.
  2. If the graduate advisor/research mentor requires additional prerequisite courses in addition to the Departmental prerequisites for admission.
  3. Review the graduate advisors requirements and expectations of his/her graduate students.
  4. Develop a prospective degree plan listing the required coursework which must be signed by the candidate and his/her graduate advisor/research mentor and approved by the graduate program director.

Below is a list of current graduate faculty and their respective area of expertise:

Dr. Priscila Caçola, Developmental Motor Cognition
Dr. Lou Fincher, Sports Medicine
Dr. David Keller, Exercise Physiology
Dr. Paul McDonough, Exercise Physiology
Dr. Larry Nelson, Pedagogy
Dr. Chris Ray, Postural Control
Dr. Jacob Resch, Brain Injury & Sports Medicine
Dr. Mark Ricard, Biomechanics
Dr. Cindy Trowbridge, Sports Medicine
Dr. Judy Wilson, Exercise Physiology

Unconditional Admission

  • A Kinesiology Department Graduate Faculty member must agree to serve as the student's research mentor and academic advisor prior to admission.
  • Current GRE score of at least 153 (500 old scale) on the verbal test of the GRE and a score of at least 144 (500 old scale) on the quantitative test of the GRE.
  • 3.0 GPA for the degree and/or 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate course work in related to exercise science such as: athletic training, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, kinesiology, mathematics, neuroscience, physical therapy, physiology, physics and sports medicine.
  • 3.0 GPA on all graduate work.
  • 3 letters of reference Recommendation Form (PDF, 249KB ) from undergraduate faculty. Reviewers can email recommendations directly to the graduate program director Dr. Ricard at For the convenience of the recommender your may furnish him or her with the recommendation form provided and a stamped envelope addressed to:

    Dr. Mark Ricard
    Graduate Program Director
    Department of Kinesiology
    P.O. Box 19259
    University of Texas at Arlington
    500 W. Nedderman Drive
    Arlington, TX 76019-0259

Probationary Admission

Applicants failing to meet the unconditional admission GRE criteria or having a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for probationary admission in which case the following additional criteria will also be considered by the Graduate Studies Committee:

  • Professionally relevant experience
  • A sample of technical writing may be requested

Applicants admitted on probation will be required to maintain a B or better average during their first 12 hours of graduate study.

A graduate advisor within the Department of Kinesiology will review transcrips of prospective students to determine what prerequisites are needed prior to enrollment in courses within the proposed program. If deficiencies are identified, a pre-program of study designed to prepare the student for graduate course prerequisites will be written and signed by the prospective student and the graduate advisor.

Undergraduate course work should include general anatomy/physiology, general chemistry, algebra, basic statistics, general physics and exercise physiology and exercise testing and prescription (see prerequisites). Additional courses may be required depending on the student’s background and area of interest.

If the applicant is able to meet either the required GRE or MAT scores but not the undergraduate GPA requirement, other factors such as the candidate’s professionally relevant experience will be considered. In this case, the applicant may be admitted on probationary status which requires the student earn a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 semester hours of graduate course work. Final admittance into the program will be made by the Graduate Studies Committee, the departmental graduate coordinator and chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology.