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Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences

The Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences provides physical activity courses for all students and serves the community through clinics and laboratories. The department offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Graduate Admission to the School of Education

Graduate programs in education are open to students with acceptable baccalaureate degrees, as specified by the admitting departments, whose academic records indicate that they can do successful work at the graduate level. Regular admission requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; provisional admission requires a grade-point average of at least 2.5. Individual departments may require additional information and may have more stringent admission and retention requirements.

Special provisional admission categories are available to students who may not qualify under traditional admission criteria but can provide evidence of ability to work successfully at the graduate level, including experience in and commitment to the profession. Exceptions to established policies must be sought individually by petition to the Graduate Division of the School of Education.

See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for more information.

Ordinarily, complete application materials should be received by July 1 for fall admission, December 1 for spring semester, and May 1 for summer session. Prospective graduate students should contact their departments for admission deadlines.

Graduate Admission

Submit your graduate application online . All supporting application materials should be uploaded to the online application.

The University of Kansas
HSES Graduate Admissions
1301 Sunnyside Ave., Room 104
Lawrence, KS 66045-7520

Ph.D. Degree Programs

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered with emphases in exercise physiology, health education and psychology of physical activity, and sport management. Students must interview with a faculty advisor in the intended emphasis before admission.

Regular doctoral admission requires Graduate Record Examination scores of 153 on verbal section, 144 on the quantitative section and 4.5 on the written analytical section. A minimum grade-point average of 3.5 in master’s degree work is required. Pre-aspirant status requires the prospective doctoral student to earn a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the first 12 credit hours.

With the advisor, each student develops a course of study consistent with the student’s needs and the faculty’s expertise. This includes major courses, minor courses, core courses, and research skills.

Research Skills

Research skills must be completed before the aspirant is admitted to the comprehensive examinations. Twelve hours of statistical methods and demonstration of statistical application techniques in a research problem are required as evidence of research skills. The Ph.D. requires competence in 2 of the following 3 research skills:

  1. Reading knowledge of a foreign language;
  2. Computer programming, analysis, and processing skills; or
  3. Additional statistics including multivariate or nonparametric techniques.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

Students should obtain specific instructions and guidelines for graduate degrees from the department .