Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology
Graduate Program Questions
Flexibility is key. Please visit UCM Online to learn why an online program might be a good option for you.
The Office of Graduate Studies requires a 2.0 undergraduate GPA for admission into the Graduate School. Students seeking graduate admission for an M.S. in Kinesiology must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75. Students who fail to make this requirement can submit the following materials along with their application packet in order to be reviewed on a probationary basis:
Email address of references for whom your program advisor may contact
- Statement of purpose (i.e., Why do you want to receive a master’s degree in kinesiology? And why did you choose UCM to receive this degree?)
Specific Emphasis Requirements
For Exercise Science, successful candidates will have an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science or related field. Not having a degree in this area does not automatically preclude you from admission to the Exercise Science Emphasis. If a student is coming in from a different academic background foundational course requirements will be assigned before the student can start major specific courses. These classes include but are not limited to such classes as Functional Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, and Biomechanics.
For Pedagogy, successful candidates will have an undergraduate degree in Physical Education K-12.
For Sport Management, there is not a specific undergraduate degree required. Students are expected to have had a basic management course. If they have not taken such a course they will be required to take a foundational course during their first two semesters.
Office of Graduate Studies Admission Process
An applicant for admission to a master's degree program must have a bachelor's degree. Prerequisite degrees must be from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the University of Central Missouri.
Two Steps to Admission
Admission to a graduate program at UCM is a two-part process. First, you must be admitted to Graduate Studies. If you are admitted to Graduate Studies, your application is then forwarded to the department containing your graduate degree program. Second, that department then makes a recommendation on admitting you to the degree program.
Please see the University's immunization policy. Admitted students are required to submit an immunization form to the University Health Center.
Returning Central Missouri Graduate Students
If you are returning to Graduate Studies at the University of Central Missouri after an absence of a year or more, please complete a new application. You will not have to pay the application fee for readmission.
How to Apply
Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies for further information on how to apply to the Graduate School.
Here is a handy step-by-step guide on how to enroll in classes.
Still having trouble, for assistance with enrollment, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 660-543-4621or visit their office in Ward Edwards 1800.
For department specific help contact our office professional, Mary Brinkley at 660-543-4256 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check the Graduate Catalog and consult with your graduate advisor before enrolling. You will not be able to enroll in a course if you do not meet the prerequisites listed in the catalog.
A course instructor may give you permission to enroll in a course if your enrollment is blocked due to a prerequisite problem. Please ask the instructor to contact Mary Brinkley indicating you have permission to enroll. Once the instructor has done this, you may enroll in the course.
Is there a maximum number of hours I can take in a semester?
A graduate student may enroll in a maximum of 16 hours per fall or spring semester including both undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Maximum course loads for summer semester are six (6) hours during a three-week session and 12 hours for the entire summer semester. A petition for an exception must be completed and signed by the student’s Graduate Program Advisor and the Graduate Dean for course loads beyond 12 hours. A full-time graduate student is one enrolled in nine (9) or more semester hours of graduate credit during the fall and spring semesters and six (6) semester hours during the summer session. The average enrollment for graduate students is 12 hours per semester.
Application for Graduation
Make sure that the name on this card is just as you wish for the name to be on the diploma and UCM’s permanent records. If this name is different from current UCM records, students must provide proof of the changed name. International students must use the name as it is written on their passport. The address on the card is where the diploma will be mailed. This card must be signed by your advisor, who will then forward the card to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Forms to be Completed for Graduate Degree Candidates
Forms are due by:
Spring Graduation - the first Friday in March
Fall Graduation - the first Friday in October
Summer Graduation - the first Friday in June
Both forms must be completed and submitted to your program advisor. The program advisor will then forward these forms to the Graduate Program Coordinator, who will then forward them on to the Office of Graduate Studies.
A graduation charge of $50.00 will be placed on accounts when students apply for graduation. Please note the graduation fee is subject to a late fee if not paid by the 15th of the month.
If a graduating student intends to participate in the Commencement ceremony he or she must pick up their commencement packet from the Office of Graduate Studies, Ward Edwards 1800, or commencement packets can be mailed upon request 660-543-4621.
Cap & Gown, Graduation Announcements
Contact or visit the University Bookstore, Union 128, 660-543-4370.
Students have eight years to complete all program requirements once graduate course work has begun.
Please contact or visit the Office of the Registrar, Ward Edwards 1000, 660-543-4900.
Unofficial transcripts may be printed from MyCentral under the “View unofficial transcripts” link.
Upon program approval, a student may transfer a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit from another institution to a UCM master's degree program, or a maximum of six (6) hours to an Education Specialist program. Requirements for transfer of credit:
Course must have been taken for graduate credit.
Course must have been taken at an accredited institution recognized by Central Missouri offering a master's degree.
Course must be applicable toward a graduate degree at the University granting the credit.
Course must not have been used to satisfy requirements for a degree granted by another institution
Course must be applicable to a student's UCM graduate program and become a part of the program of study when transferred.
Course must reflect a grade of B or higher to be transferred.
Transferred credit will not contribute to the GPA at UCM. Procedures for transfer of credit.
The student may request courses be transferred at the time the Program of Study is filed or when a Request for Change in a Program of Study is submitted. An official transcript indicating the courses to be transferred must be on file in UCM's Office of the Registrar.
The student's advisor and Graduate Studies must approve the transfer.
Upon approval, Graduate Studies will post the approved transfer credit to the student's UCM transcript.
The University of Central Missouri reserves the right to accept or reject any credit for transfer.
Please visit the Graduate Studies Thesis for more information on the thesis process, forms, and to obtain a copy of the UCM Thesis Manual:
Thinking of using human subjects visit Graduate Studies Human Subjects-International Review Board (IRB).
For information pertaining to financial aid, please visit the Student Financial Services Graduate Student Aid.
International students should visit Student Financial Services International Student Aid.
Please visit the following website for further information regarding scholarships available to graduate students: http://www.ucmo.edu/sfs/explore/scholarships/grad.cfm
A variety of financial support is available to UCM graduate students, including graduate assistantships, scholarships for graduate students, research grants, and federal financial assistance. Click on the links to find the ones you qualify for.
Graduate assistantships provide a competitive stipend and a scholarship covering academic fees are available to qualified students under the terms of a nine-month contract.
Numerous graduate scholarships are available from the university and individual departments.
UCM participates in a full range of federal financial aid programs, including grants, loans, and student employment. Review the special information created by our Office of Student Financial Services just for graduate students.
The Office of Sponsored Programs offers assistance to students seeking research funding and administers the University's Internal Grants and Research Awards Program. Once you are here you will want to contact them to take advantage of their resources.
The department has five graduate assistants, these are teaching positions with some research requirements. Graduate assistantships provide a stipend and a scholarship covering academic fees.
For current openings visit Faculty and Staff Jobs at UCM.
A student must receive a grade of C or higher in each course on the approved Program of Study. However, no more than six semester hours of credit with a grade of C will be applied toward degree requirements.
Excessive Low Grades
A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 to remain in good standing. The first semester a student earns below a 3.00 cumulative GPA he/she will be placed on probation. The second consecutive semester a student earns below a 3.00 cumulative GPA he/she will be continued on probation. The third consecutive semester a student earns below a 3.00 cumulative GPA he/she will be ineligible for degree. A student who becomes ineligible for degree cannot earn that degree from the University of Central Missouri.
Repeating a Course
A student may repeat any graduate course taken at the University of Central Missouri. A student may repeat any course if it is on their Program of Study and the grade is a C. A student must repeat any course taken at UCM for which a grade of D or F is earned when the course is part of the student's approved program. No substitutions may be made on an approved program for courses in which the student has earned grades below B. All grades, including all grades received in repeated courses, are included in computing a graduate grade point average.
An instructor may report a semester mark of U when, for justifiable reasons, the student has not completed the work of the course. During the next semester the U becomes an F unless the requirements of the course have been satisfactorily completed or the course is of an individualized nature (e.g., thesis, research report, or similar investigation).
The Department of Nutrition & Kinesiology strictly follow the student handbooks guidelines on Academic Honesty. Visit the Rights and Responsibilities section of the handbook for complete details.