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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Kinesiology

Graduate Degree Programs

Admission Criteria

Applicants to the Graduate Program must qualify for admission to the University and be accepted for graduate study by the Department of Kinesiology.

University Criteria

1.  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college or the equivalent academic preparation at a foreign university as determined by the appropriate campus authority (i.e., the Office of International Education).

2. Good standing at the last institution attended.

3. Grade point average of 2.5 or above in the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units attempted, independent of when the baccalaureate was granted, excluding lower-division courses or courses taken in extension (except in adjunct enrollment at CSULB in the upper-division level) after obtaining the baccalaureate degree.

Department Criteria

1.  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a major in Kinesiology or the equivalent (e.g., Physical Education).  Students with a baccalaureate degree in another field may be admitted into the graduate program provided they have the foundation (i.e., coursework and/or work experience) appropriate for the selected Option, as determined by the Option Coordinator.  Students without such foundation may be required to take additional units of upper-division undergraduate coursework.  All foundational coursework must be completed before Advancing to Candidacy, which is a major step in the graduate school process.

2.  A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 and a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 in upper division coursework in Kinesiology.      

3.  A minimum cumulative score of 150 on the verbal test, 141 on the quantitative test, and 3.5 on the analytical writing test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Note: for test scores after August 1, 2011, the minimum cumulative scores are 150 on the verbal test, 141 on the quantitative test, and 3.5 on the analytical writing test.

 Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

 The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) measures verbal, quantitative, and analytical skills unrelated to any specific field of study.­ The verbal test measures the ability to analyze and evaluate written material and recognize relationships between words and concepts.­ The quantitative test measures basic mathematical skills and understanding of elementary mathematical concepts.­ The analytical writing test measures the ability to present in writing: 1) your perspective on an issue and 2) your critique of an argument. Most students take the computer-based test because it is offered more times during the year. At the start of the test, test questions of moderate difficulty are presented. As each question is answered, the computer scores that question to determine which question is presented next.­ As long as each question is answered correctly, questions of increasing difficulty are presented.­ Once a question is answered, the test-taker cannot go back and change the answer.

A student can prepare for the GRE in several ways.  GRE power prep software includes test preparation for the general test and can be downloaded from the website @ or by calling 1-800-537-3160 (ask for Department P68). The GRE practice book: GRE Practicing to take the General Test, is also available from the website.  There are also review courses: 1); phone (800-KAPTEST); and 2) Princeton; Phone: (800-2REVIEW)

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