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Division of Kinesiology and Health|College of Health Sciences

Kinesiology & Health Graduate Programs

Graduate students in the program earn a master of science (M.S.) degree in Kinesiology and Health. 

Admission into the M.S. degree program is open to students who have obtained an undergraduate degree with a major program of study in exercise and sport science, health, or physical education teacher education. Students who have undergraduate degrees in areas outside of kinesiology and health may be granted provisional admission with the requirement of completing undergraduate coursework in kinesiology and/or health during their first year of graduate study. When applying, students are required to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 point scale), three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 291 on the Graduate Record Examination for admission. For international students, a minimum TOEFL score of 540 on the written exam, or 76 on the Internet-based test, is required for full admission of students not having English as their first language. We will also accept official IELTS scores. A minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS exam is required for full admission of students not having English as their first language.


Two options are available to on-campus graduate students in the Division of Kinesiology and Health:

  • Plan A (thesis) option
  • Plan B (non-thesis) option
With either option, there are three areas of emphasis to choose from:  1) exercise and sport science, 2) health, or 3) physical education teacher education.

Areas of Emphasis:
Exercise and Sport Science - Plan A (thesis)
Exercise and Sport Science - Plan B (non-thesis)
Physical Education Teacher Education - Plan A (thesis)
Physical Education Teacher Education - Plan B (non-thesis)


The M.S. in Kinesiology and Health is also offered off-campus to distance students as a Plan B (non-thesis) option. The area of emphasis for the distance program is physical education teacher education.

Area of Emphasis:
Kinesiology and Health (distance) - Physical Education Teaching Only


How to Apply

Application deadlines for both on-campus and distance graduate programs are February 1 (for fall semester admittance) and October 1 (for spring semester admittance).  Applications may be reviewed after the deadlines, but Graduate Assistanship priority will be given to applications that are completed and submitted by the deadlines listed.

Step 1:  Contact a faculty member

Contact a Faculty Member in Your Area of Interest to establish a possible advisor for the program.

Step 2:  Apply to the University of Wyoming

Once potential advisors are established, apply to the University of Wyoming, Division of Kinesiology & Health.

  1. Complete the online UW application.  Within the application, please include the following items:
    • Submit the $50 application fee
    • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
    • Submit a Letter of Intent. Answer the following two questions in your one to two page essay:
      1. What area of study are you interested in pursuing (e.g., exercise psychology, exercise physiology, health, physical education teacher education, etc.)?
      2. Why are you interested in pursuing the M.S. degree at the University of Wyoming, Division of Kinesiology and Health?
    • Submit three letters of recommendation.  At least one of the three letters must be from an academic major or professor.
    • Submit official GRE and TOEFL (international students only) scores. Minimum score requirements are listed at the top of this page.

Step 3:  Apply for a Graduate Assistantship position with Kinesiology & Health (optional)

Once you have submitted your online application, please complete and submit the following Graduate Assistantship applications, if you are interested in applying for an assistantship.  You are not required to apply for a GA position.  More information on assistantships can be found at

Completed GA applications should be e-mailed to

  1. Graduate Assistantship applications (please fill out both applications): 


Additional questions?  Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Derek Smith, at (307)766-5271 or



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