Application and Admissions Process

General Notes

  1. To study in the Department of Kinesiology you have to apply to the Graduate School at Penn State. You apply online at the following web site
  2. There is a fee for applying. To find the current non-refundable application fee go the following web site, To pay your application fee go to the following Web site If you do not pay by credit card, you need to mail in a generated APPLICATION FEE FORM along with your payment. Please do not send cash. Make checks payable to The Pennsylvania State University. Be sure that international money orders or checks are drawn on a U.S. bank. Your cancelled check will serve as your receipt.
  3. To apply to the Department of Kinesiology Graduate Program, you must mail two official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, both undergraduate and graduate. International applicants must submit official or attested university records, with certified translations if the records are not in English. Notarized copies are not sufficient. Our address is:

    Kinesiology Graduate Program
    276 Recreation Building
    The Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, PA 16802
  4. There are program specific parts of the on-line application. These are:
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general test scores: Please have ETS send your scores to "Penn State".
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation for those applying to study for a Ph.D., and two (2) for those applying to study for a masters degree. These recommendations should come from academic referees. Upon your submission of your referees contact information they will be sent an email from the Penn State Graduate School, requesting they complete an online recommendation letter.
  • Statement of your background and professional goals, including your specific research interests.
  • The name(s) of any faculty member(s) you are interested in working with. Our program is mentor-based so faculty members are instrumental in admissions decisions. Applications will be routed directly to all faculty members who are noted by applicants; there is no guarantee that individual faculty members will review applications in which they are not mentioned as prospective mentors. Applicants should be selective in identifying possible faculty mentors because conveying a lack of scholarly focus or purpose can adversely influence the odds of admission.
  1. Only completed applications will be reviewed. If you wish to be considered for departmental or college funding, please ensure that your application is complete by December 15 for fall admission (rolling admissions are possible after that date but funding is likely to be more limited).
  2. Questions regarding the application process for the Kinesiology Graduate Program may be directed to
  3. After you have been offered admission by the Penn State Graduate School, you will be contacted by the Directorate of International Student Advising (DISA) regarding what is needed so that you can be cleared to register for classes and if needed, issued an I-20 or DS-2019. During peak periods (March-June) it may take four weeks for DISA to review your file and clear you to register/issue your I-20 or DS-2019. For more information, see the DISA website:

Notes for International Applicants

  1. All international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not received a baccalaureate from an institute in which the language of the instruction is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The department requires students to submit TOEFL scores even when having a degree from an English speaking institution. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores: Please have ETS send your scores to "Penn State".
  2. A minimum score of 650 (paper) is required if you would like to receive a Teaching Assistantship from the Department of Kinesiology. This score is equivalent to 280 computer based; or a score of 23 on speaking section and 114 total on iBT exam.
  3. The Department will make a decision concerning your admission into its program. If applicable, you will be sent an offer letter and information concerning an assistantship. This information will also be forwarded to the Graduate School and the University Office of Global Programs (UOGP).
  4. After the Graduate School has reviewed your eligibility, approved and processed the offer they will automatically notify the University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) for action to commence the visa paperwork process.
  5. University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) will contact you if more information is needed. UOGP will issue your visa related documents.

Note to applicants

The Graduate School will make the final admission decision.