Admission to the doctoral program in Health Performance and Movement Science (HPMS) in the Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation (KHPR) department is a multi-step process. Each potential applicant must first connect with a HPMS graduate faculty member prior to applying. If a mentor-mentee relationship is established, potential applicants will then need to apply to Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants are then reviewed by the KHPR department for a final decision.
Connect with HPMS Graduate Faculty
Each applicant must first connect with a faculty member prior to applying. This is an apprenticeship-style program, therefore, reaching out directly to the faculty member you are most interested in having as a mentor/advisor is strongly suggested.
Apply to Toulouse Graduate School
Once a mentor/advisor is secured, potential applicants must:
- Complete an application at applytexas.org, if all UNT Toulouse Graduate School requirements have been met.
- Traditional admission requirements: https://tgs.unt.edu/future-students-graduate-admissions-traditional
- International admission requirements: https://tgs.unt.edu/international
- Have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or equivalent) in Kinesiology of related field.
- Understand it is expected that typical GPA scores for successful applicants will be approximately 3.5 and above (on a 4.0 scale) for both bachelor’s and master’s degree holders who are applying to the program. However, GPA scores are listed for advisory purposes only and will not be the only deciding factor under consideration. If applicable, scores of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL, 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 6.5 on the IELTS will be expected.
- Have official transcripts from each college or university you have attended sent to the Toulouse Graduate School. Submit documents to:
University of North Texas
Toulouse Graduate School
1155 Union Circle #305459 (USPS)
1147 Union Circle, ESSC Room 354 (UPS/FedEx)
Denton, TX 76203
- Provide required supplemental materials:
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).
- Personal Statement (750-word maximum) that addresses the following:
- How does your background make you a good candidate/fit for the program?
- Research interests and experiences.
- Selection of a faculty mentor/advisor including why you would select them.
- Career goals related to academia, industry, government, or other positions.
- List of three references including contact information.
- Provide an acceptable score on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for applicants whose native language is not English and if not the holder of a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an institution in the USA.
Note: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores will not be required for admission.
Apply to the College of Education
After being accepted into UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School, your application and supplemental materials will be sent to the KHPR department in the College of Education. Please note admission to Toulouse Graduate School does not guarantee admission to the HPMS PhD program.
The potential mentor/advisor will review all application materials, with input from other HPMS graduate faculty, and decide on admission based on a holistic consideration of all information provided. No single quantitative or qualitative measure, or any specific combination thereof, constitutes a definitive standard for admission.