College of Education

Kinesiology & Health Promotion - Graduate

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The Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Master of Science degree offers concentrations in biomechanics, exercise physiology, health promotion, physical education and sport leadership. The Ed.D. degree has concentrations in health promotion and in physical education. The Ph.D. degree in Exercise Science offers specializations in biomechanics or exercise physiology. The department also offers a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Sciences for both Physical Education and Health Education.

Master's (MS) Program Description

The master’s program is designed to provide a high-quality graduate program for students who desire advanced study to enhance their professional knowledge and skills as well as for students who complete the master’s degree as an intermediate step toward doctoral work.

Master of Science, with a Concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology

The field of sport and exercise psychology is an interdisciplinary science that explores the relationship between various psychological factors and participation in sport and/or physical activity. The two-year program in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion offers students the choice to pursue a graduate education in the field of sport and exercise psychology by either following an applied or research track. Each option integrates theory-based research and the application of key concepts associated with performance enhancement and life skill development. In this context, successful completion of this program will result in a strong understanding of the various psychosocial factors that influence sport participation and performance.

Upon admission to the program, students will be assigned a faculty advisor who will assist in course selection and planning. The exact program of study specified in an individual program plan will depend on previous coursework and/or individual goals.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program Description

The Ph.D. program offers areas of concentration in Biomechanics or Exercise Physiology. The goal of the program is to provide education to qualified students so that they will have a broad understanding of exercise science, as well as an in-depth knowledge of one specific area or discipline. Graduates of this program will be able to conduct exercise science research, teach at the university level, direct discipline specific educational programs, and collaborate with other professionals on various issues related to exercise science.

Doctor of Education (EdD) Program Description

The Ed.D. program in Kinesiology and Health Promotion provides advanced study for those who seek careers in educational, industrial or other appropriate settings. Admission to the program requires a master’s degree and satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Examination. Course work is planned by members of the student’s advisory committee based on their assessment of the student’s background and professional goals. All programs include course work within and outside the department. Additional information about the Ed.D. can be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Master's Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
    • Submit a statement of your professional aspirations and explain how you believe graduate study at the University of Kentucky will enhance your ability to achieve those professional goals. In your statement, provide information about your background; research skills and experiences; personal and professional achievements; and educational, work or life experiences that influenced you and your life goals.
  • Assistantship Application (optional - you may upload a blank document, if you do not intend to apply for assistance)
  • GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Fall: For graduate teaching assistantship consideration, February 15; otherwise, July 16 

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Doctoral Application Requirements

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
    • Submit a statement of your professional aspirations and explain how you believe graduate study at the University of Kentucky will enhance your ability to achieve those professional goals. In your statement, provide information about your background; research skills and experiences; personal and professional achievements; and educational, work or life experiences that influenced you and your life goals.
  • Writing Sample
    • ​Acceptable examples of writing samples include: one chapter from a thesis; research paper from a graduate class; a literature review or project from a graduate class; special circumstances for other examples of writing will be considered at the discretion of the applicant's designated potential advisor.
  • Assistantship Application (optional - you may upload a blank document, if you do not intend to apply for assistance)
  • GRE
  • Four letters of recommendation
    • Letters should be from persons who can assess the applicant’s academic capabilities and/or work experiences and habits as a supervisor. Recommenders should address the applicant’s ability to complete a doctoral program and ability to plan, initiate and complete a research project. We will not accept letters from friends and fellow workers.
  • Application Deadlines:
    • ​Fall: For graduate teaching assistantship consideration, February 15; otherwise, July 16 

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Admissions Officer Contact Information

Mary Richardson

201C Gillis Building
859-257-4618
mrich6@uky.edu