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Upcoming Term

Apply now to make the next move in your exercise, sport, or fitness career. You can complete your M.S. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology within a year (full-time students) or 1.5 years (part-time students).

Next Start Date

August 22, 2024

We review applications on a rolling basis, so you are welcome to apply any time. You can expect to receive a decision within two weeks of submitting your application.

Have questions or need help? Call (888) 581-1855 to talk to our academic coordinators. They are available to walk you through the admissions process.

Program Terms and Start Dates

We offer three starts to the program a year.

Term Start Date*
Fall Third week in August
Spring First week in January
Summer Second week in May

*These start dates are subject to change. Please contact APK-online@hhp.ufl.edu to confirm start dates and deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

The online Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a concentration in human performance is a competitive program from a top-10 public university (U.S. News & World Report). Students who succeed in our program are committed to challenging themselves and are ready to engage with instructors and classmates.

We accept applicants from around the world and from all walks of life. We consider the whole student, not just grades and test scores. Ideal candidates for the online M.S. in APK with a concentration in human performance should have:

  • A completed undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on all credits attempted after reaching 60 earned undergraduate semester credit hours (or 90 quarter credit hours)
  • A strong, demonstrated interest in studying and improving human performance

No GRE is required. Your undergraduate degree does not need to be in exercise science or a science-based major. Nonetheless, an underlying command of science and a commitment to learning about physiological and kinesiological processes are crucial to succeeding in this program.

These general standards apply to all students — domestic and international. There are some additional requirements that apply to international applicants.

If you have any questions about the application process or your materials, an academic coordinator will be happy to help you. You can email APK-online@hhp.ufl.edu or call (888) 581-1855.

Application Checklist


If you’re ready to apply, start here. Once you begin, you can start the application, save it, and return to work on it at any time.

Application Fee

The application fee is $37.

Statement of Purpose

This personal statement should clearly communicate why you want to pursue this degree. Some questions to consider are: What do you hope to learn? What would be your goals while in the program? What do you hope to do with the degree when you are finished? Your statement does not have to answer these questions directly, but they are listed here for guidance. You can also use part of your statement to address any weak points in your application and how you have improved or plan to improve those areas.

If you need additional help, the UF Health Science Center Libraries has put together a page of links and tips for writing a personal statement. You can also talk with a UF APK academic coordinator at (888) 581-1855.


Your resume or CV should be current and highlight previous professional and academic experience, as well as achievements and awards.

Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.

Three letters of recommendation

At least two of the three letters must come from post-secondary sources who can talk about your performance in a classroom setting. This could include professors, instructors, or academic advisors.

Official academic transcripts

Include transcripts from every post-secondary institution where you have completed coursework.

Official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to graduate@admissions.ufl.edu or mailed to:

Office of Admissions
PO Box 114000
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

Application Status

You may submit your application any time before the deadline. Applicants are encouraged to submit supplemental material as soon as possible to avoid a delay in processing.

You can check the status of your application at any time through the University of Florida MyAdmissions page.

Applicants typically receive an admissions decision⁠ — accepted or denied⁠ — via email within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

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