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:

Sports Physiology (M.S.)

M.S. in Kinesiology: Emphasis in Sports Physiology

The M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Physiology is designed to provide students with the scientific background and technical skills necessary to evaluate performance-related characteristics of both team and individual athletes, and design sport-specific strength and conditioning programs to optimize athletic performance in high school, collegiate and professional athletic settings.

Admission to this graduate program is highly competitive, and the number of students admitted in each cohort is kept purposely small (generally no more than 10 each year) to provide the best possible individual experience and training.


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: Sports Physiology
Degrees Offered: M.S. in Kinesiology
Credit Hours: Non-Thesis: 36 hours, Thesis: 39 hours

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.

Core Curriculum

Embedded in the curriculum are one or two semesters of Practicum coursework, which is completed for graduate course credit under the supervision of Coach Raychelle Ellsworth, one of our Sport Performance coaches in the Department of Athletics. In these practicum courses, students receive hands-on “practical training working under the supervision of coaches with athletes in various Texas A&M University men’s and women’s sports.

Important note: These practicum courses require an application process and permission to enroll conditioned upon acceptance by the Sports Performance staff of the athletic department.

  • The process of acceptance may require a personal interview and documented experience in sport performance/strength and conditioning in a high school, collegiate, or professional sports program.
  • Documented evidence of athletic competition at the collegiate or professional level may also suffice as experience.
  • These Practicum procedures are under the domain of the Sports Performance staff in the Department of Athletics. A capstone internship experience with Texas A&M athletics or another sports performance setting – collegiate, professional, or private, either in Texas or out-of-state – may also be chosen for course credit.
  • Either non-thesis or thesis degree options may be chosen. Students typically take about two years to complete the program and graduate.
  • The curriculum also may prepare students for National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certifications.

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The Division of Kinesiology faculty prepares 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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