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 College 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.

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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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Doctorate in Kinesiology, Emphasis in:

Sport Pedagogy

Ph.D. in Kinesiology: Emphasis in Sport Pedagogy

Our Ph.D. in Kinesiology program with an emphasis in Sport Pedagogy prepares students for teaching and research positions in universities as well as leadership positions in state or regional departments of education.

Interdisciplinary collaboration and research across CEHD are viewed as integral components of the pedagogy program. Related experiences include working with undergraduate students in the micro-teaching laboratory, supervising student teachers and planning student teacher experiences. Specific areas of research correspond to those of the pedagogy faculty.

This specialization incorporates the core kinesiology doctorate program requirements as well as providing an emphasis on pedagogy. Each student will complete courses in pedagogy, research design and analysis and a core kinesiology block.


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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Please refer to the Texas A&M University Catalog for more course information.

Competency in the content of the course is required rather than the particular course. The Office of Graduate Studies in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management in consultation with the graduate committee chair or temporary advisor will be happy to review transcripts of potential graduate students.


Minimum Hour Requirement

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 70 hours beyond a master’s or 96 hours beyond a baccalaureate degree.

Depending on the preparation and experience, doctoral students may be required to complete undergraduate or graduate leveling work in addition to the minimum Ph.D. requirements.

Research Experience Requirement

Prior to scheduling the dissertation proposal meeting, each student will:

  1. Have presented, as sole or first author, at least one presentation at a state, regional, or national conference; and
  2. Will be an author on at least one research paper submitted to a peer-reviewed national or international journal.

In addition, dissertations will not be signed by the department head until the student has submitted as first author a manuscript (or manuscripts) of the study to a national or international refereed journal (or journals).

Program Details

Degree: Ph.D. in Kinesiology
Emphasis: Sport Pedagogy
Credit Hours: 70 hours
Delivery: Traditional

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.


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.


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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 Committee Faculty Members

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

Jiling Liu

Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies

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Ping Xiang


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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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