Frequently Asked Questions – Graduate Programs

What are the areas of study for MS and PhD programs?

An overview of all of our graduate programs in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology can be found at:

Program Options:

Masters of Science

  • Exercise Science
  • Athletic Training
  • Clinical Exercise Science (12 month, non-thesis professional program)


  • Applied Physiology
  • Biomechanics & Movement Science

When are the deadlines?

MS Clinical Exercise Physiology:

  • December 15th: Early Consideration
  • May 4th: Final Deadline for Applications

All other programs:

  • December 15th: Early Consideration
  • April 15th: Final Deadline for Applications

How do I apply for admissions to a graduate program?

Students admitted to our programs may be admitted into one of two categories: Regular Status (students who meet all entrance requirements) or Provisional Status (students who lack one or more prerequisites). All provisional requirements must be met within the deadline given before regular status can be granted.

Applicants must complete an online Graduate School Application. Information can be found on the Graduate School’s website. Frequently asked questions for the graduate school’s admission process can be found here.

Additional departmental requirements include:

  • Students must identify a faculty sponsor/advisor for the program of interest
  • Bachelors, Masters, or equivalent science or health related degree from an accredited college/university
  • Official GRE test scores – test must be taken within the past 5 years
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Personal statement of goals, research/curriculum interest, and professional objectives
  • Current resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendations

Are there other requirements for international applicants to apply to a graduate program in Kinesiology?

The English Language Proficiency requirement must be fulfilled for all non-native English speaking applicants regardless of citizenship. It can be waived if the student has earned a US degree or has an acceptable score on either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam. Minimal requirements for these exams can be found here. Other international applicant requirements can be found here.

How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?

A limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships are available to qualified graduate students in the MS Exercise Science and Ph.D. programs. If you are not awarded a departmental assistantship, additional funding opportunities can be found at the Graduate & Professional Education webpage. Students are encouraged to contact a faculty member in their concentration area for more information regarding these opportunities. Currently, due to the accelerated time frame of the MS Clinical Exercise Physiology program, these graduate students are not generally eligible for assistantships.

What is the cost of attending a graduate program?

Information regarding the University of Delaware’s graduate student tuition and fees can be found here. More information regarding tuition costs, as well as available financial aid, can be found on the University’s Student Financial Services webpage. Students enrolled in the MS Clinical Exercise Physiology program qualify for a reduced tuition rate. Students interested in the Clinical Exercise Physiology are encouraged to contact Dr. Brittany Overstreet for information on the most up to date prices for the program.

Why should I choose the University of Delaware?

It is an exciting time to be part of our teams as the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware makes great strides in combining cutting edge research and multidisciplinary clinical opportunites to provide our graduate students with top of the line, comprehensive educational and professional experiences.

Our research opportunities and interests include applied physiology, athletic training, biomechanics and neuroscience/motor control while providing an environment that supports and fosters the development of productive, high-quality research programs.

Our facilites are expanding and so are the opportunities and excellence within them. These new facilities will help us continue to provide interdisciplinary, team-based learning opportunities for students by providing them access to working with populations ranging from assumingly healthly adults to those with chronic illnesses including Parkinson’s Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease. Our surrounding Newark community provides additional research and clinical involvements through collaborations with local hospitals and clinics including Christiana Care and Nemours Children’s Hospital.