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Students may begin the program in either the Fall or Spring semester. The department accepts applications to the graduate program throughout the year.

However, we begin considering applications for each Fall semester on January 14. Applications will not be considered until they are complete. Applications completed on, or before, January 14 will be considered in the initial group of admission decisions and applicants are encouraged to submit application materials before this date.

We also admit graduate students for the Spring semester. We begin considering applications for each Spring semester on September 30 of the previous calendar year. Applications will not be considered until they are complete. Applications completed on, or before, September 30, will be considered in the initial group of admission decisions and applicants are encouraged to submit application materials before this date.

Students awarded teaching assistantships usually begin in the Fall semester and complete the department's new teacher orientation program before the semester begins and the department’s new teacher training program during their first semester. It is rare for the department to have the ability to offer assistantships beginning in the spring semester. However, if assistantships are available beginning in the spring, applicants will be considered. Please contact the graduate coordinator to inquire about the availability of spring assistantship opportunities.

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Your MyEIU account is free and easy; all it takes is an email address to get started. You can even sign up via Facebook! Once you've logged into MyEIU, you can learn everything there is to know about Eastern and get information about everything the university has to offer — all tailored to your unique set of interests!

Apply to the Graduate School

All students can apply to the graduate school through MyEIU. The graduate school requires:

  1. A complete online application
  2. A copy of your official transcripts
  3. A $30 application fee

Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.

Apply to the Program

Please send the following to the graduate coordinator:

  1. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 with a Kinesiology focus (i.e., physical education, exercise science). Undergraduate degrees from other emphasis areas are accepted upon the completion of prerequisite courses.
  2. Three letters of recommendation.
  3. A current resume.
  4. A statement of purpose including your career aspirations, how your career goals are tied to a graduate education, and your reason for choosing KSS at EIU as your school of choice.

Please mail all materials for the departmental application to:
Dr. Owen
Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920


Please note that the program admission requirements are different than the Graduate School requirements. You may also send the appropriate items above via email to the graduate coordinator: Dr. Owen at jdowen@eiu.edu.

Keep an Eye on Your Admission Status

You'll be able to keep tabs on the status of your application through MyEIU; you'll receive a message when you have been officially admitted to EIU!

Apply for an Assistantship

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, you also need to submit a graduate assistantship application.

Graduate assistantships are typically awarded in accordance with the academic year. Assistantship applications are normally accepted through the middle of February; a decision for the next academic year comes within a month. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here.

Join Us in Charleston!

Now you're ready for your first semester at Eastern! Welcome to the EIU family! We're glad to have you, and we're confident you'll be glad you came!

Program Admission Requirements

    The three letters of recommendation, resume, and statement of purpose can be delivered by email to Jill Owen (jdowen@eiu.edu), by postal mail to KSS Graduate Coordinator, Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies, 2504 Lantz, 600 Lincoln, Ave., Charleston, IL 61920, or by fax to 217-581-7973.

    Application Deadlines

    Application for priority placement ends Jan. 15 for fall admission and Sept. 15 for spring admission, but applications are accepted year-round with placement based on availability.