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FAQ’s for Kinesiology Graduate Program

  1. How do I apply to the master’s program in Kinesiology and what are the requirements to apply?
  2. What kinds of jobs can I get with a degree in Kinesiology (either Exercise Science or Sport Studies)?
  3. Can I be accepted into the master’s program if my undergraduate degree is not in Kinesiology or a related field?
  4. Where do students complete their internship hours?
  5. How can I apply for an assistantship in the department?
  6. What is the deadline for applications for each semester?
  7. How long will it take for me to find out if I have been accepted?
  8. What is the minimum GPA required for admission into the program?
  9. Am I required to take any tests for admission to the program?
  10. How long does it usually take to complete the program?
  11. If I take several classes as a Non-declared Graduate Student and then decide I want to work toward a Master’s Degree, will my classes count towards my degree?
  12. Do you offer courses off campus?

  1. How do I apply to the master’s program in Kinesiology and what are the requirements to apply?

    The graduate school application can be started at any time.  Our admission requirements and application Information are posted on the Admissions page.

  2. What kinds of jobs can I get with a degree in Kinesiology (either Exercise Science or Sports Studies)?

    Exercise Science graduates may find careers in rehabilitation settings (e.g., cancer or cardiac), corporate fitness, strength & conditioning, or advanced degree work (e.g., physician’s assistant, physical therapy). The Sport Studies curriculum prepares students for careers in sport management at the scholastic, collegiate, or professional level (e.g., marketing, media relations, academic advising, sales), coaching, non-profit management, or advanced degree work.

  3. Can I be accepted into the master’s program if my undergraduate degree is not in Kinesiology or a related field?

    Yes, it is possible to be accepted into the master’s program without a degree in Kinesiology or a related field, although you may be asked to take some additional coursework in Kinesiology to provide you with necessary knowledge for the field.

  4. Where do students complete their internship hours?

    Students may complete internships at a variety of places including SIU Athletics, the Southern Illinois Miners, area high schools/sport clubs, or may complete their internships outside of the southern Illinois region.

  5. How can I apply for an assistantship in the department?

    Teaching Assistantship within our department can be found on our "Assistantships" page or download the PDF form.

  6. What is the deadline for applications for each semester?

    The deadline to apply for fall semester is July 15th. The deadline for spring is November 15th. The deadline for summer semester is April 15th. International students should apply at least 6 months in advance.

  7. How long will it take for me to find out if I have been accepted?

    Once all of the necessary application materials have been completed, your file will be routed to the appropriate faculty to be reviewed. Typically, a decision will be made within three weeks of your file being completed.

  8. What is the minimum GPA required for admission into the program?

    Admission to the Graduate School requires 2.70/4.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of bachelor’s degree and a 3.00/4.00 GPA on all graduate coursework.

  9. Am I required to take any tests for admission to the program?

    No (although international students must provide TOEFL scores).

  10. How long does it usually take to complete the M.S. program?

    The majority of our students complete our program in two years (and many complete it in four semesters, including summers).

  11. If I take several classes as a Non-declared Graduate Student and then decide I want to work toward a Master’s Degree, will my classes count toward my degree?

    Your classes might count toward your degree if you took them at SIU and they are requirements for one of the specialty area’s programs of study. It is wise for a non-declared student to consult with the Coordinator of the specialty area about which classes will count, prior to taking the classes.

  12. Do you offer courses off campus?

    No.