Graduate School Preparation

Successful completion of any of the four programs within Kinesiology can lead to many exciting career opportunities. While these professions require varying levels of education, undergraduate degrees from Kinesiology provide solid foundations for those wishing to continue their education at a graduate school.

Is graduate school right for me?


Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I want to continue my education in this particular field of study?
  • Is an advanced degree required to enter the profession I’m interested in (e.g. physical therapist, doctor, chiropractor, CEO, lawyer)?
  • Am I burned out academically and need to take some time off?
  • Do I want to go to school full-time or part-time?
  • Can I be successful in graduate school?
  • How will I pay for graduate school?
  • Do I want to save money and work before applying?
  • Is it beneficial to gain work experience before applying? (Some programs encourage this, like MBA programs.)


Graduate School Preparation


Who should advise you? Depends on what you'd like assistance with:


Academic Advisor

  • Exploring interests and options in the health, business, or law
  • Determining requirements of an undergraduate student before applying to graduate school
    • Pre-requisite courses
    • Extracurricular experiences - research, shadowing, volunteering, internship/work experience
    • GPA and academic self-assessment
  • Course selection and semester planning
  • Strategies for dealing with having difficulty in a course
  • Preparing for the GRE/MCAT/LSAT/GMAT 


Career Services Coordinator

  • Networking with faculty, alumni, or professionals in your field of interest
  • Requesting an informational interview with faculty, alumni, or professionals in the field
  • Pursuing relevant extracurricular opportunities (research, shadowing, volunteering, internships)
  • Creating and editing the necessary documents to apply for these opportunities (resume and cover letter)
  • Preparing for interviews with graduate school admissions personnel



  • Discussing the importance of logging experience and knowledge gained when working or volunteering in the field.
  • Discussing the timeline of applying to graduate school
  • Exploring gap year options
  • Identifying what to look for in a graduate school program
  • Compiling a list of graduate programs to apply to
  • Obtaining letters of recommendation
  • Writing personal statements and essays for graduate school applications




Academic Advising:

Career Advising: