School of Kinesiology Graduate Admission Requirements

The requirements below are in addition to the Auburn University Graduate School Admission Requirements.

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • All official transcripts (sent to the Graduate School)
  • Competitive Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score in the 20th percentile or higher (average for the three sections: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical)*
    • request ETS (Educational Testing Service) send your score to Auburn University with institution code 1005
    • Note: Starting for Fall 2019 admissions the requirement will be the 25th percentile or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation that address professional and academic qualifications (submitted through Graduate School online application)
  • Letter of intent indicating which academic program for which you wish to be considered (submitted through Graduate School online application)
    • exercise science (biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, or sport & exercise psychology track)
    • physical activity & health (performance concentration or clinical concentration)
    • physical education/teacher education
  • A current resume (please include with your letter of intent in the online application)
  • Approval of the of the School’s Graduate Studies Committee**, School Director, faculty members in your area of specialization, and the Dean of the Graduate School
  • If you are an international applicant and candidate for a U.S. non-immigrant visa for study, a certified statement indicating that financial resources are available to defray the cost of graduate education
Application Deadlines

The application and all other relevant materials must be received by the Graduate School by the following dates:

  • February 1 for Graduate Assistantships***
  • May 1 for Fall semester start (August)
  • April 1 for International applicants for Fall semester start (August)
*GRE Requirements

Applicants who do not meet the GRE criterion are encouraged to prepare for, and then re-take the GRE exam.  Applicants who do not meet these minimum criteria may submit a letter of appeal to the appropriate Graduate Program Officer; this letter should clearly present the student’s interests in the program and provide a rationale for being accepted despite not meeting the minimum criteria.  An Appeals Committee will consider the request; contact the appropriate Graduate Program Officer for additional details.


Andreas Kavazis, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Wendi Weimar, Ph.D., Professor
Matt Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Peter Hastie, Ph.D., Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor
Danielle Wadsworth, Ph.D., Associate Professor

***Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Funding opportunities for tuition support can be achieved through the appointment of a graduate teaching assistantship.  School of Kinesiology assistantships are .33 FTE appointments. GTAs are expected to work 13-15 hours per week. Assistantships pay for:

  • university tuition (up to 15 hours per Fall and Spring term only)*,
  • student fees, and
  • special course fees.

Note: Summer term is not a full tuition waiver unless the student has a specific assistantship responsibility.

GTAs are limited to 40 hours for master’s students and doctoral students who have matriculated from a master’s program, or 80 hours for students in a direct doctoral track. With an assistantship, you will pay a registration fee each semester.  Some assistantships are funded by outside agencies and may have the benefits of an extra stipend or a 12 month appointment.

An assistantship is renewable if you demonstrate:

  • continuing school support
  • high level of academic performance
  • excellent performance as a GTA
  • satisfactory progress toward the degree.
GTA Application Deadline – February 1

If you are interested in applying for an assistantship, please complete the teaching assistantship form when completing your on-line graduate application. FEBRUARY 1st is the deadline for assistantship applications for the upcoming academic year. In order to be considered for an assistantship, all graduate school admission application materials and the assistantship application must be complete.

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