Frequently Asked Questions
Menu of Questions:
How long does it take to complete a graduate degree?
Must applicants have an undergraduate degree in Health and Kinesiology?
How do I apply and what information is required?
Is it a firm requirement that I submit GRE scores?
What are the ETS codes for the GRE and TOEFL exams?
From whom should I request recommendation letters?
How much does it cost to apply?
How much does it cost to attend Purdue?
What types of funding opportunities are available?
On average, full-time students complete a master’s degree in 2 years. An additional 3 to 5 years of full-time study beyond the master’s degree is typical for completion of the PhD.
No. We admit students with a range of backgrounds. However, it is helpful if you have university-level coursework that prepares you for graduate study in your particular interest area. For example, a biomechanics applicant should have a background in physics, an exercise physiology applicant a background in biological sciences, a sport psychology applicant a background in sociology and/or psychology, and so forth. If you lack such background and you are admitted to our program, the admissions committee or your faculty advisor may require or recommend particular courses to provide you with that background. Because there is a wide range of scholarly foci within the department, applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members to discuss the academic preparation that is expected in specific interest areas.
Applications must be submitted online (www.gradschool.purdue.edu). You will be asked to submit 3 letters of recommendation, a personal goal statement, GRE test scores, and official transcripts of grades for university coursework. Please note that transcripts should be sent directly to our department instead of the Graduate School. Also, any referee wishing to submit a hard copy letter of recommendation in lieu of using the online submission should send the letter directly to our department. The address is:
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Health and Kinesiology
800 West Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2046
Yes. Our department expects all applicants to submit GRE scores.
The institution code is 1631 for both exams. The department code for the GRE is 3909. The department code for the TOEFL is 91.
Letters from your former professors are looked upon most favorably. We are most interested in an assessment of your ability to complete graduate level work, your writing and critical thinking skills, and how you can contribute to our academic community.
The application fee must be paid before the Graduate School forwards your application to our department. International fees application fees are $75. Domestic application fees are $60.
For current course fees and a tuition and cost calculator go to www.purdue.edu/bursar.
Graduate assistantships, within and outside the department, are available. Fellowships and grants are also available to exceptionally strong applicants. Visit the Graduate School’s funding page for resources that will assist you: www.gradschool.purdue.edu/funding.