The admissions process for the MS KS program includes the use of a rubric. The rubric categories include a cumulative grade point average (CGPA), upper-level prerequisite coursework grade point average (GPA), content and writing style of the personal statement (essay), letters of recommendation, professional and personal experiences related to the coursework and field, and a combined GRE score for quantitative, verbal and writing components (waived for students with 3.0 CGPA or higher). The review committee consists of four full-time faculty members, all holding PhDs and decades of experience within the Kinesiology field.
Admission to the School of Applied Health Sciences (SAHS) is selective and limited to those students who have demonstrated the potential for successfully completing the program. An admission decision is based on an evaluation of an applicant’s previous coursework and their grades earned*, a written personal statement, a professional resume, individual experience within the field, and three letters of recommendation. Where applicable, official GRE scores and a personal interview are also utilized in final evaluation for admission.
* An applicant with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university whose cumulative GPA is less than 3.0 but higher than 2.75 is required to submit his/her official GRE scores reflecting a total score of 290 on the GRE exam.
Admission to the MS KS cohort is competitive and will occur annually in the fall semester. Requirements for admission to the MS KS program include the following:
- Essay on personal professional goals: This essay (minimum 1000 words) must address the reason for seeking a degree in kinesiological sciences as well as short (3 years) and long (7 years) professional goals.
- Resume: Applicants will be asked to provide a resume that indicates education and work background, honors, memberships in professional, school, and service organizations, etc.
- Letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation will be required, preferably with at least one from a professor who is familiar with your academic work.
- GPA: Applicants are required to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 0-4.0 from a regionally accredited university.
- GRE: The GRE requirement is waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Priority will be given to students who achieve a combined score of 300 on the current scale (1080 prior scale) for the verbal and quantitative sections.
- Undergraduate Transcripts: An official transcript, indicating graduation from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or a recognized university abroad, is required. Please have official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions at Jacksonville University. JU requires applicants to send transcripts from every college/university attended, even if the course resulted in a drop, withdrawal, failure or if the course was transferred to another school. For information on how to send your transcripts to JU, please visit the Registrar's JU transcript instructions site.
- Prerequisites: The following courses are required for admission into the program. Students lacking these courses may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. *Anatomy; Physiology; Chemistry; Physics; Psychology; Statistics
International Applicants must meet all Jacksonville University International Student Admission Criteria as outlined in the JU Catalog, including English Proficiency including TOFL (minimum score of 650 for paper, 280 for computer, and 114 if Internet-based) or IELTS requirement of 8.0 if the applicant's primary language is not English.
Title IX: Jacksonville University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) has/have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
James Williams, Director of Human Resources 904-256-7025
Kristie S. Gover, Ed.D., Chief Student Affairs Officer/Title IX Coordinator 904-256-7067
The priority deadline for the Fall 2020 cohort is March, 15 2020. Applications received
thereafter will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.