Department of Health and Kinesiology

Dr. Scott Marzilli, Chair

The Department of Health and Kinesiology offers programs leading to four graduate degrees: Master of Education in Health and Kinesiology, Master of Science in Health Studies, and Master of Science in Kinesiology. The mission of each of these degree programs and admission and curriculum requirements are described below. Health Studies is also an optional field in the Master of Science Degree Program in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.S.I.S.). The Graduate Policies and Programs section of this catalog presents information and University requirements related to graduate studies in general, and information specifically related to the M.S.I.S. Degree.

The Department of Health and Kinesiology's M.Ed. Degree in Kinesiology may be earned entirely via Internet-based delivery. Individual online courses may also be used to fulfill requirements of other degrees, with advisor approval. Additional information about the online courses is given below.

For additional information about any programs of the Department of Health and Kinesiology, contact the Department (903-566-7031; www.uttyler.edu/hkdept).

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general graduate admission requirements of the University, students applying for admission to a specific degree program in the Department of Health and Kinesiology (the M.Ed. Degree in Health and Kinesiology, the M.S. Degree in Kinesiology or the M.S. Degree in Health Sciences) or to the M.S.I.S. Degree with health studies as the first field of study, must meet the following Departmental requirements for:

Full Graduate Admission

  1. Submit a letter of intent with accompanying Statement of Goals to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Health and Kinesiology;
  2. Submit three (3) Department of Health and Kinesiology Reference Forms, completed by individuals in professional positions who can validly comment on the applicant's suitability for graduate studies in general and study in the intended field in particular to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Health and Kinesiology;
  3. Submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Health and Kinesiology;
  4. Meet at least one of the following two criteria:
    1. Have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale on the last 60 hours of upper division coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
    2. Have earned a graduate degree from an accredited institution
  5. Consideration for admission is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study; socioeconomic background; and involvement and level of responsibility related to other factors, including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, first generation of family to graduate from an undergraduate program, family responsibility for raising children, multilingual proficiency, or geographic region of residence.

Conditional Graduate Admission

This status is granted to applicants who have not satisfied, at the time of enrollment, the Department of Health and Kinesiology requirements for Full Graduate Admission. Consideration for Conditional Graduate Admission will be based on the following Departmental criteria:

  1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Successful applicants usually have a combined score on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE of at least 1000;
  2. The applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study as evidenced in the applicant's letter of intent and statement of goals;
  3. The applicant's ability to succeed in the chosen Graduate Program as evidenced by the applicant's three (3) Department of Health and Kinesiology Reference Forms and accompanying letters of recommendation;
  4. Consideration is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant's socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in the matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service and family responsibilities.

Conditionally admitted students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 during their first nine (9) hours of graduate coursework taught by full-time Departmental Faculty and meet any other conditions set by the Department before being granted Full Graduate Admission. According to University policy, a student seeking a graduate degree may take no more than nine hours of graduate courses before being fully admitted to a graduate degree program. Students Conditionally Admitted that do not achieve the requirements of their admission must discontinue the specific degree program.

Provisional Admission

This status is granted to those whose application file lacks required items such as transcripts, official reports of tests scores, letter of intent, reference forms, etc. An applicant who has been admitted provisionally must contact the Department Chair to review specific Departmental entrance requirements before being allowed to enroll. Provisional Admission status allows the applicant to enroll for only one semester with a maximum of nine (9) graduate hours. When the reason for a student's provisional admission status has been removed, the student's status will be changed to full or conditional admission. Provisional Admission will not be continued beyond one semester.

If a student completes more than nine (9) hours before being admitted to a graduate degree program in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, no more than nine (9) of those hours may be counted toward degree requirements.

Departmental Application Packet

It is highly recommended that all application materials be sent to the Department of Health and Kinesiology within one application packet. This process will expedite the Graduate Admission decision by ensuring all required materials are received at one time. The following items are required within the applicant's Departmental Application Packet:

Although official copies of GRE scores and transcripts must be sent directly to The University of Texas at Tyler's Office of Graduate Admissions, it is recommended to also include copies of GRE scores and transcripts within the Departmental Application Packet.

Once the Departmental Application Packet is received, a confirmation letter will be sent to the applicant confirming receipt of all materials. The review of the graduate application will not start until the Department receives all required application materials.

Contact Information

Inquires about the application or admission process should be submitted to: Graduate Coordinator, Department of Health and Kinesiology, The University of Texas at Tyler, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75799; phone: 903-566-7031.

To ensure high quality student engagement and active learning within our graduate program, The Department of Health and Kinesiology accepts only a limited number of students each academic year. Therefore, some applicants who exceed minimum requirements for admission may not be accepted.

For details about any of the above, see the Department's website (www.uttyler.edu/hkdept) or contact the Department. In addition to the items that must be submitted, an applicant may submit other evidence related to potential for success in the requested graduate degree program. To be guaranteed consideration, all application materials must be received in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at least three weeks before the first day of the semester of intended enrollment.