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 Health & Kinesiology

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.

Division of Kinesiology

We give students access and appreciation for all things kinesiology, emphasizing the biological basis to exercise and movement.

Division of Sport Management

The Sport Management Program is one of the top 5 programs in the country.

Division of Physical Education Activity Program

PEAP offers health and fitness activity classes to every Texas A&M student.

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

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

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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 third floor of the Gilchrist Building. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Graduate Advisor: Brandi Hatzenbuehler

    You can email us general questions at

  • What are the typical program costs?

    The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Estimate your attendance cost.

    Please note: you must update the program hours.

  • Can you guide me through the application process?

    Completed Application: A completed application. Fill out information on the GraduateCAS website. The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. Application Fee: A non-refundable $89application fee for domestic applicants and $114 application fee for international applicants. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Graduate Admissions Office at 979-845-1060. Official Transcripts and Records: Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University. For information on submitting official transcripts to Texas A&M University, please visit their website.

    How to Apply: Master’s Application Information | Doctoral Application Information

  • 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 through the following offices: Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

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