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What will I learn?

The School of Kinesiology spans a wide range of inquiry connected by the common thread of the study of human movement. Graduate programs reflect a broad study of physical activity ranging from exercise science, movement science, and human performance, to physical activity and sport science and sport management. Much of the research conducted in the school is interdisciplinary in nature and involves collaborative partnerships with life science disciplines such as medicine, neuroscience, and epidemiology and fosters links with business, education, and social sciences. MS students pursue an individualized program with an emphasis in one of the following areas: behavioral aspects of physical activity; biomechanics and neuromotor control; exercise physiology; perceptual-motor control and learning; physical activity and health; sport and exercise psychology; sport sociology.

PhD students pursue an individualized program with an emphasis in behavioral aspects of physical activity, biomechanics and neuromotor control, exercise physiology, perceptual-motor control and learning, physical activity and health, sport and exercise psychology, sport management or sport sociology.

Intake: Fall

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,346.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023


College of Education and Human Development

104 Burton Hall,

178 Pillsbury Dr. S.E,



55455, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Anyone who has or will obtain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission. The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.40.

For international students

The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.

It is preferred that applicants have completed a master's degree in the field of kinesiology or a related field and achieved an overall minimum GPA of 3.50.

Other requirements to be completed before admission:

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree, generally in the following areas: kinesiology; exercise science; sport management; sport psychology/sociology; movement science; or related preparation and significant background and interest in the scientific study of physical activity.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – Total Score: 79; Writing Subscore: 21; Reading Subscore: 19; IELTS Academic – Total Score: 6.5; Writing Subscore: 6.5; Reading Subscore: 6.5; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – Total Score: 59; Writing Subscrore: 59; Reading Subscore: 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – Total Score: 180; Writing Subscore: 180; Reading Subscore: 180.

Submission of all application materials by December 1 ensures priority consideration for admission


About University of Minnesota

UMN is one of the United States’ top public research institutions, where students gain a world-class education on a historic campus in a vibrant city.

  • 150+ undergraduate and 200+ graduate programs
  • Beautiful campus with the Mississippi River on site
  • World-class academics and close personal support throughout
  • Opportunities for scholarships and financial awards

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