How to Apply

We are pleased that you are interested in our graduate program. This page contains important information that will guide you through the mechanics of applying to our program and make you a more competitive applicant. You are encouraged to carefully review all of the information and links before proceeding with the application process. Also, you are encouraged to maintain contact with our Graduate Coordinator, who is well acquainted with department and Graduate School policies, maintains all application files, and works closely with students as they progress through our graduate program.

To develop the most competitive application that you can, please consider the following:

Contact Appropriate Faculty Members

We have a mentor-based program.  If admitted, you will work directly with one of our Graduate Faculty Mentors.  Once you have reviewed a prospective mentor’s research focus and recent publications, you should make contact with the appropriate faculty mentor(s).  Please follow this link for a listing of the graduate faculty in each of our Research Training Areas.  This should be done well in advance of submitting an application. This important process enables you to better understand the emphasis of our programs, expectations of particular faculty, whether a faculty mentor is taking on new students, and what you would spend your time doing if admitted. This also enables you to specify your preferred faculty mentor(s) and write an appropriately targeted statement of purpose in your application. Applications that are not tailored in this way are generally not successful.

Application Review

We begin reviewing applications in early January for fall admission. This is when the bulk of graduate admissions and funding decisions are made. Therefore, if you are applying for full-time study we strongly encourage you to have your application complete no later than January 8. With rare exception, applications for fall admission to full-time graduate study are not considered after April 30.

GPA Guidelines

We have minimum GPA guidelines for admission. Specifically, we require 3.0 for MS and 3.25 for PhD. Please understand that meeting the GPA guideline does not guarantee admission to our graduate program. Admission to the program is a competitive process that involves consideration of your entire application. The fit of your interests to our program and faculty expertise, and faculty members' ability to take on new graduate students are all key factors in the admission decision process.

International Applicants

For international applicants, who are non-native English speakers, our TOEFL score requirement is 80 (internet based).  Paper-delivered TOEFL score requirements are as follows: Reading 19, Listening 14, and Writing 18. An IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is also acceptable. TOEFL and IELTS scores must not be more than 24 months old at the time of enrollment in our graduate program. The graduate school routinely waives the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if you received a university degree within the last 24 months from an institution within a country where English is the native language and the primary language of instruction is English.  A list of English speaking countries may be found here.

Required Supporting Documents

Your application must include the following:

Academic Transcripts 

  • Transcripts are required for every institution of higher education attended, regardless if a degree was received.
  • Note that while submitting scanned official copies of transcripts is acceptable for application review, official original transcripts will be required if an official admission offer is extended.
  • International applicants must provide transcripts in both the language of instruction and a certified English translation.

Proof of English Proficiency

  • International applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English proficiency for admission to degree, certificate, non-degree, and teacher license graduate programs.

Three Letters of Recommendation 

  • Recommendation letters should be from prior faculty that can attest to your readiness for and ability to be successful in graduate-level classes and complete the requirements of a graduate degree.

Statement of Purpose

  • A statement of purpose is required for all degree-seeking applications.

Diversity Essay

  • Describe your leadership, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence. You should feel free to discuss your own personal experiences in the essay.

Application Fee

  • Domestic application fees are $60, and international application fees are $75 USD.

Completed Application

  • Incomplete applications cannot be reviewed for an admission opportunity.

Effective November 4, 2020 GRE scores are no longer required as a component of HK graduate program applications.


Funding is available on a competitive basis through the Purdue University Graduate School and through graduate assistantships in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. More information about funding opportunities is available through the Purdue Graduate School. If you are interested in applying for funding through a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the HK Department, a Teaching Assistant Competency form (doc / pdf) should be completed electronically and emailed directly to the Graduate Coordinator. For full consideration, this form should be submitted by January 31. Teaching assistantships commence in the fall semester.

Proactive communication with us and attention to detail will help you put forward the most competitive application possible. If you have a question that is not answered on this website, please do not hesitate to contact our Graduate Coordinator, who will typically respond to your inquiry within 24 hours.


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