The Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management

The Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management (KNSM) is one the largest academic department at Texas A&M University, generating over 90,000 credit hours and 200,000 (modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

As one of four departments in the School of Education and Human Development, KNSM is currently home to over 3,000 undergraduate students, 246 master’s students, 70 doctoral students (3,921 total), 179 minor students, 103 faculty members, 32 staff members and 90 funded graduate assistants.

Divisions of Kinesiology & Sport Management

The department is comprised of three divisions: KinesiologySport Management and the Physical Education Activity Program. Each division offers various degrees and outreach programs promoting continuing education for students and the community.

Former Student Highlight

Kourtney Martin

During her time as a Group Fitness Instructor at Texas A&M Rec Sports, she was presented with the opportunity to instruct WELLNESS WORKS! fitness sessions to faculty and staff at Texas A&M. She went on to complete her graduate internship with WELLNESS WORKS! before being named Employee Wellness Coordinator in 2017.

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Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in:

Exercise Physiology

Ph.D. in Kinesiology: Emphasis in Exercise Physiology

Our Ph.D. in Kinesiology program with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology prepares students to conduct research in basic and applied exercise physiology.

Graduates are trained for post-doctoral appointments and positions in universities, industry, the military and research institutes. To be admitted to the program, a member of the graduate faculty must accept students.

Emphases in the applied programs are in the following areas:

  • Neuromuscular efficiency and control
  • Cardiorespiratory response to exercise
  • Exercise and lipid metabolism
  • Changes in bone structure and metabolism in response to exercise
  • Disuse, bed rest and microgravity

Emphases in basic research include:

  • Mechanisms of exercise-induced injury
  • Neuromuscular efficiency
  • Muscle metabolism and free radical stress
  • Molecular biology of bone adaptation to stress

Specific areas of research correspond to those of the exercise physiology faculty.


Applications are accepted in a rolling-basis year-round. However, all students who want to be considered for University or KNSM funding (e.g., GAT, GAR) need to apply by the priority deadline. Completed applications are forwarded to the respective division faculty for evaluation. Appropriate academic qualifications are determined by the accepting faculty member and divisional admissions committee.
Deadlines for priority review (PhD applicants):


  • Fall (September) start: December 1

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Program Details

Degree: Ph.D. in Kinesiology
Emphasis in: Exercise Physiology
Credit Hours: 64 hours
Delivery: Traditional

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For a better understanding of your total cost of attendance (COA), please visit our Cost and Tuition Rates page. This webpage will provide you with an opportunity to review estimated COA information for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as other resources such as the tuition calculator and billing and fee explanations.

Student Testimonial

Colleen O’Reilly, Doctoral Student in Kinesiology – Exercise Physiology

I like how individual this doctoral program can be.

I have taken courses in multiple departments which has given me many different perspectives to consider as I dive into research and teaching.  I also have been given opportunities to converse and engage with professors from all different research and teaching backgrounds which has helped shape me as a teacher and a researcher.

The program is also set up so that you go through the curriculum with many of the same people. It has helped me create lasting friendships that will continue long after I finish my Ph.D.

I really appreciate the time that the professors have taken both in the classroom and out to make my experience here fun, exciting and challenging. Professors care about the students and our success in the program.  They truly challenge you to go above and beyond the textbook and give you the space to come to your own conclusions throughout the process.

SEHD Grad Talk

“The Drive to Be Physically Active Can be a Gut Decision” by Ayland Letsinger, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management, School of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.


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The Division of Kinesiology faculty prepare students as leaders and innovators in careers in the public education forum and exercise science.

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Graduate Faculty Committee Members

Prospective students are recommended to contact one of the Graduate Faculty Committee members for approval prior to submitting their application.


Mariana Janini Gomes

Assistant Professor

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Aaron Morton

Assistant Professor

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Steven Riechman

Associate Professor and Chair, Kinesiology

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Christopher Woodman

Associate Professor

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Nicolaas Deutz


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Marielle Engelen


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James Fluckey

Interim Associate Dean and Professor

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Richard Kreider


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John Lawler


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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Will there be any scholarship opportunities?

    The Kinesiology and Sport Management Department provides competitive Graduate Assistantship positions ($2000 per month stipend plus benefits and tuition) and grant opportunities. In addition some scholarships are also available.

  • I still have further questions—who can I contact to help me answer those?

    The Graduate Advising Office is located on the first floor of the Gilchrist Building. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Office: Gibb Gilchrist Building

    You can email us general questions at

  • I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?

    Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.

  • Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?

    Yes, there are opportunities for financial assistance. Please visit the Funding Your Education page for more information.

  • Is the GRE required?

    No, the GRE is not required.

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