Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get selected for admission to the program?

Our programs are mentor-based, meaning that one of our Graduate Faculty Mentors must select your application from all qualified applications in their respective research areas. That faculty mentor will take you on as their mentee and advise you throughout your degree completion.

Should I contact a prospective faculty mentor prior to submitting my application?

Absolutely. Prior to submitting an application it is important that you contact a prospective faculty mentor. You will find contact information as well as research interests and recent publications through the links on our Research Training Areas page. This initial contact will not only serve to introduce you to the faculty, but to find out if a particular graduate faculty mentor will be accepting new mentees in the upcoming session. In addition, it creates the opportunity for you to learn about work planned in that research group, and initiate discussion about how your interests and goals will fit with the faculty mentor’s research focus.

What should I know before I contact a prospective Graduate Faculty Mentor?

In advance of contacting a potential mentor, you should review their research focus found on our Research Training Areas page. In addition, review recent publications, listed on their individual pages, so that you are familiar with their current scope of work. If your goals and research interests align with a potential faculty mentor, you should contact him/her to introduce yourself and express interest.

Must applicants have an undergraduate degree in Health and Kinesiology?

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, an exercise psychology applicant a background in 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.

How do I apply and what information is required?

Applications must be submitted online. You will be asked to submit official transcripts of grades for university coursework, proof of English proficiency (for international applicants whose native language is not English), 3 letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a diversity essay, and an application fee. Please follow instructions on the graduate school website here for transcript submission. 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
Purdue University
800 West Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2046

Are GRE scores required?

Effective November 4, 2020, GRE scores are no longer a requirement for applicants to the Department of Health and Kinesiology.

What is the ETS code for the TOEFL exam?

The institution code is 1631 and the department code is 91.

From whom should I request recommendation letters?

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.

How much does it cost to apply?

The Graduate School application fee is $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants. The application fee must be paid (or waived) before the Graduate School forwards your application to our department. Information on obtaining an application fee waiver can be found through this link.

How long does it take to complete a graduate degree?

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.

How much does it cost to attend Purdue?

For current course fees and a tuition and cost calculator go to

What types of funding opportunities are available?

Graduate assistantships, within and outside the department, are available. Fellowships and grants are also available to exceptionally strong applicants. More information can be found on our Funding Programs page and at the Graduate School's funding page.


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