Want to know more about the PhD application process? On this page we outline what you will need to meet the Kinesiology requirements for applying to the doctoral program in Movement Science or Sport Management.
The first step in applying to the PhD program in Movement Science or Sport Management is to contact a Kinesiology faculty member who has research interests similar to yours. All applicants must have a Kinesiology faculty advisor willing to work with them during their studies. Spend some time on our website learning about faculty research interests, and then contact the relevant faculty member to see if there is potential to work with him/her during your studies here.
Rackham Graduate School and the Kinesiology Graduate Program team up to manage the application review process. As an applicant, you will be interacting with both offices.
Applications must be submitted online via the U-M Rackham School of Graduate Studies website. Program codes to use in the application may be found below:
Demographics and other data on our current and past PhD students can be found under Kinesiology, on the Rackham website.
To be considered for funding, applications for Fall admission to the doctoral program are due December 1. All other PhD applicants should apply by March 1.
Three (3) letters of recommendation in support of the student's application must be submitted. These letters should ordinarily be from professors at the student's last degree-granting institution. Recommenders must complete their recommendations online. When the applicant registers the recommenders' names in the Rackham application, an email is automatically sent with a link to enter the recommendation online. Applicants should check the status of their recommendations on the Rackham website status page.
Scanned copies of official transcripts should be uploaded with the application online. Official transcripts from degree-granting institutions only should be mailed to Rackham Admissions; see Instructions for Submitting Transcripts. Send the Academic Records/Transcript Submission Form with your official transcript so that it is quickly associated with your application. Be sure to include your University of Michigan ID number.
The Academic Statement of Purpose should be a concise, well-written statement about your academic preparation, practical experience, and/or research background related to the area(s) within Kinesiology that you’re interested in studying. It should also include your career goals and how Kinesiology's graduate program will help you meet your career, and educational objectives.
The following information is required on the header of your Academic Statement of Purpose:
The personal statement should address how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, have motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.
The following information is required on the header of your Personal Statement:
One set of official transcripts from degree-granting institutions only to:
Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/U-M ID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Information about Rackham's transcript policy may be found on their website.
Materials sent to the School of Kinesiology will NOT be reviewed with your application.
Submit your online application via Rackham's website. Be sure to check the list of required materials before you continue to the online application.
Wolverine Access is the University's web portal and it's your first stop for most of the things you’ll need to do. Prospective students will check their application status and accept admission here. To create a "friend account" for Wolverine Access, follow the instructions found at: Set Up a Friend Account for Guest Access to U-M Computing Resources.
Our PhD FAQ page and the Rackham Life section of the Rackham Graduate School website have a wealth of information about housing, health care, transportation, child care, and more.
If you have any additional questions about the doctoral program admissions requirements or application process, contact the manager of Graduate Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.