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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Master's in Kinesiology, Emphasis in:

Exercise Physiology (M.S.)

M.S. in Kinesiology: Emphasis in Exercise Physiology

The Exercise Physiology program prepares students for teaching and research careers in exercise physiology. KNSM offers a M.S. in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology, and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology.

Several exercise physiology laboratories provide students with state-of-the-art instructional facilities in which it study and learn. The laboratories use technologies that allow online collection and processing of data, sophisticated control of in vivo and in vitro animal preparations and the opportunity to analyze a wide range of physiological parameters. In addition, to work conducted in the laboratories, supplemental experiences are available in:

  • Medicine,
  • Veterinary medicine,
  • Biology,
  • Biochemistry,
  • Bioengineering and
  • Animal science.

Students also have the opportunity to work with the graduate training program in Space Life Sciences.


Application Deadlines

Fall: January 15

For more information on admissions and the application process, please visit our Master’s Admissions page.

Program Details

Degree: Master’s in Kinesiology
Emphasis: Exercise Physiology
Degrees Offered: M.S. in Kinesiology, Ph.D. in Kinesiology
Credit Hours: Master’s Thesis: 32 hours (minimum), Master’s Non-Thesis: 38 hours (minimum), Doctoral: 64 hours (beyond Masters)

Tuition calculator

For the tuition calculator: You will choose “Graduate” at the top in the maroon and select “Education and Human Development” in the College or School drop-down menu. A full-time graduate student takes 9 hours.

Tuition & Fees

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.

Core Curriculum

The M.S. in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology, provides advanced training in the physiological responses to acute exercise and the adaptations that occur with training. Students select either a non-thesis or thesis option.

  • The non-thesis option does not require a research project and is more oriented to formal coursework. There is considerable flexibility in designing the degree plan to fit the student’s particular needs and expectations.
  • The non-thesis option requires completion of at least 38 semester credit hours of coursework.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions


  • 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.

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