College of Education
Kinesiology Grad Program Application Process
The following assumes a Fall start…
Learn about grad school at WSU the prior Fall
- Make sure you meet all the university requirements
- See here for the WSU grad school requirements
- See here if you are an international student
- Contact our college grad studies office if you have questions about the application process
- Contact our grad director if you have questions about the program
Find a potential faculty advisor
- This is most important for thesis track, but we also encourage it for non-thesis track.
- Here are a few things to ask the faculty when you contact them:
- Make sure they have space in their lab or availability to take on another advisee.
- Make sure they have the expertise (e.g. biomechanics, coaching, surveying, etc.) that interests you and will help you grow.
- Make sure you have all the skills they are looking for in a potential advisee.
- Make sure it is a good personality fit for you. You are going to be working a lot with this person over the next 2 years.
Make sure you have all your stuff ready to apply
- Letters of Rec…give your recommenders enough time (at least a month) to write a great letter
- Written statements…take these seriously, answer all the questions thoroughly. 1-2 pages is typical.
- Résumé or CV…don’t forget to personalize it for applying to our graduate program
APPLY ⇐ Press the apply button here to start your application
- Start this in December for a Fall start date
- Priority deadline for Fall semester is January 10th and Spring semester is July 1st.
- There are two parts…A WSU application and a College of Education supplemental application. You need to do both
- Make sure to apply before the priority deadline if you want to be considered for an assistantship
- We do accept applications after the priority deadline though
4.a. International Students
- Depending on the country you are coming from, you will have a much longer process that needs to be started much earlier to get into the U.S.A. Your process may take around 6 months.
- You will need to get a student visa, which will require an I-20, which is issued by the graduate school. The graduate school won’t process this until you have been accepted. So make sure you apply at the priority deadline.
- You should work closely with the International Programs Office and the Graduate School to ensure your documents are processed in a timely manner to get here on time.
Hear back about acceptance in Spring
- This happens mid-Spring for those that applied at the priority deadline. If you applied after the priority deadline you will hear back later than mid-Spring
- If you marked in you application that you were interested in an assistantship, we will potentially be contacting you in Spring for more info or a teaching presentation
- You may be considered for a teaching assistantship in our program. If you are interested in a TA position, make sure you indicate that in your application
- Assistantships are also available through UREC or other place around campus
Make sure you accept your offer once you get it so we know you are coming
- You do this via a link in the the acceptance email sent to you
Start looking for housing
- Start as soon as you find out you are accepted. There are a lot of apartments but they go fast around Pullman
Fly to Pullman to start classes
- Flights directly into Pullman are limited and they fill up fast the week before classes start.
- If you have an assistantship, you are probably expected (on contract) to be here a week before classes start. Check your contract for details.
- You can fly to Lewiston if you can find a ride (about 30 minutes south)
- You can fly to Spokane and take the regular bus down to Pullman (about an hour north)