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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.

(Note: The Health Education division will be realigned into the School of Public Health starting Fall 2022.)

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.

Watch her story

Kinesiology & Sport Management

Doctoral Admissions


Applications are accepted in a rolling-basis year-round. However, all students who want to be considered for University (e.g., Merit, Diversity) 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):

Application deadlines

  • Fall (September) start: December 1

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Doctoral Admissions

  • Admission to a Doctoral degree program is based on:
    • Accepted by a member of the graduate faculty
    • Academic record, including GPR
    • Relevant experience on resume’ or CV
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • English Language Proficiency demonstrated by (International applicants):
      • Minimum TOEFL iBT score of 80 (in person or Home Edition) from a test date within two years (Texas A&M University does not accept the MyBest TOEFL score), or
      • Minimum TOEFL Essentials score of 8.5, or
      • Minimum IELTS Academic test score of 6.0 overall band (Texas A&M University does not accept the IELTS General test), or
      • Acquiring alternative verification during the admission process from the Graduate and Professional School via a departmental request.  An international graduate student holding a master’s degree, or completing all years of a bachelor’s degree or higher, from an accredited institution located in the U.S. qualifies for alternative verification.
    • Application and Fee for the Ph.D in Kinesiology (including Sport Management)

Doctoral Programs

Ph.D. in Kinesiology, emphasis in Motor Neuroscience

Motor Neurosciences prepares students for teaching and research careers in motor behavior. Laboratories support the motor behavior programs with emphases in Motor Control, Motor Learning and Child Movement.

Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Sport Management

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management, faculty and students study sport management in ways that impact individuals, organizations and communities both locally and globally.

Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Sport Pedagogy

The Ph.D. in Kinesiology 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.

Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Exercise Physiology

The Ph.D. in Kinesiology program 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.

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