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Department of Kinesiology Admissions Standards for Doctoral Degrees

Faculty Sponsorship

Please note that all PhD students (regardless of Bachelors – Ph.D. or Masters to Ph.D.) must be accepted by a faculty member based on faculty research/mentoring alignment in order to be accepted into the program: click or tap here for a list of available faculty.

Admissions Standards

Please make sure to follow the admissions standards that applies to your degree option.

Masters to Ph.D. option:

  1. Master’s degree from a US accredited institution or an equivalent foreign institution.
  2. GPA of 3.25 on all graduate work.
  3. GRE Quantitative score of 150 and Verbal score of 150. Additionally, satisfactory Writing scores are required. If scores are below these standards the application will still be considered as the Department takes all components of the application into consideration.
  4. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 40 on the TSE, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 16 for the listening section.
  5. A resume or CV of the applicant (maximum of 2 pages). This should highlight the educational background of the applicant, work / volunteer history, awards, research experience etc.
  6. A Statement of Purpose (maximum of 2 pages). This should highlight the previous achievements and experiences of the applicant that have led to the decision to consider a Doctoral graduate degree in Kinesiology as well as the previous achievements that would qualify the applicant for admission into the Kinesiology Doctoral Program. The statement should also include future career goals following obtaining a Doctoral degree in Kinesiology.
  7. Three (3) letters of reference. The Department accepts letters through email and/or postal mail.
    • Recommendation Form
    • Email: Reviewers can email recommendations directly to Dr. Matt Brothers.
    • Postal Mail: Reviewers should directly mail physical forms to the address specified at the bottom of this page. We suggest that prospective students provide their reviewers with the form and a stamped envelope with the correct address as a convenience to their reviewers.

Bachelors to Ph.D. Option

  1. Undergraduate degree from a US accredited institution or an equivalent foreign institution.
  2. GPA of 3.5 and/or 3.5 GPA during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  3. 3.5 GPA on all Kinesiology-related work.
  4. GRE Quantitative score of 150 and Verbal score of 150. Additionally, satisfactory Writing scores are required. If scores are below these standards the application will still be considered as the Department takes all components of the application into consideration.
  5. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 40 on the TSE, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 16 for the listening section.
  6. A resume or CV of the applicant (maximum of 2 pages). This should highlight the educational background of the applicant, work / volunteer history, awards, research experience etc.
  7. A Statement of Purpose (maximum of 2 pages). This should highlight the previous achievements and experiences of the applicant that have led to the decision to consider a Doctoral graduate degree in Kinesiology as well as the previous achievements that would qualify the applicant for admission into the Kinesiology Doctoral Program. The statement should also include future career goals following obtaining a Doctoral degree in Kinesiology.
  8. Three (3) letters of reference. The Department accepts letters through email and/or postal mail.
    • Recommendation Form
    • Email: Reviewers can email recommendations directly to Dr. Matt Brothers.
    • Postal Mail: Reviewers should directly mail physical forms to the address specified at the bottom of this page. We suggest that prospective students provide their reviewers with the form and a stamped envelope with the correct address as a convenience to their reviewers.

Address for Letters of Reference

All letters of reference should be mailed to the following address:

Dr. R. Matthew Brothers
Associate Chair for Graduate Programs in Exercise Science and Kinesiology
Department of Kinesiology
P.O. Box 19259
University of Texas at Arlington
500 W. Nedderman Drive
Arlington, TX 76019-0259

Addresses for Transcripts and GRE Scores

Transcripts and GRE scores should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions using the appropriate address below.

U.S. Postal Mail for Graduate Admissions
Graduate Admissions
Box 19167
Arlington, TX 76019

Courier Service Address For Graduate Admissions - UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.
Graduate Admissions
701 S. Nedderman Dr.
Davis Hall Room B17
Arlington, TX 76019