Graduate Admissions

Kinesiology graduate degree programs are located in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. To apply for the Masters or Doctoral program, fill out the online application at the University of Illinois Graduate College site for Graduate Admissions.

Select Kinesiology for the proposed program and either MS or PhD as the degree.

Applications for all degrees except the Master of Public Health (MPH) are due on January 15 for Fall admission and October 1 for Spring admission.

Applications for the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree are only accepted for Fall admission, and are accepted until April 1. All application materials should be received by this date.

Official Transcripts

You must request official transcripts of all of your undergraduate and graduate work to be sent by the institution directly to the Graduate Program Secretary, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, 112 Freer Hall, 906 S. Goodwin Urbana, Illinois 61801. Transcripts must show courses completed, grades, degree completed, and date of graduation. If you are in process of completing your degree, and expect to do so before you would enter the University of Illinois, have the current transcript sent now. After your degree is completed you must arrange for another transcript to be sent. If these records are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by an official English translation.

Results of the Graduate Records Examination

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered by the Educational Testing Service. The results must arrive at the Department by the deadline mentioned above. Therefore, make sure that you make arrangements and take the test on time. Note that the Institution Code that you must enter in the GRE application for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 1836.

Personal Statement

This statement is a very important part of your application. Your statement should be uploaded to your online application. Please include comments on why you are interested in the Kinesiology program, what is your current understanding of the field, what education and skills you expect to acquire through the degree, and how you expect to use your degree after graduation. Briefly describe any related experience including volunteer time, paid work, internships, coursework, and pertinent training. The Personal Statement is particularly important for applicants who completed their last degree five or more years ago. Applicants with professional work experience are encouraged to explain how they think their work experience has prepared them for graduate study at the University of Illinois.

Letters of Recommendation

Request three letters of recommendation (preferably from those who are acquainted with your educational background and academic abilities). Recommendations can be completed using the apply now application system or can be printed and mailed to the postal address below.


If seeking a departmental teaching assistantship, please complete the Kinesiology teaching assistantship application form (PDF).

Postal Address

Send these application materials to the following address:

Graduate Program Secretary
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
112 Freer Hall
906 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, Illinois 61801