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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

Master's Admissions

Master’s Admissions


Admissions into a Master’s program in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management is based on:

  • The applicant’s academic record – including an undergraduate grade point ratio (GPR) in the last 60 semester hours.  Unofficial transcripts will suffice for the application, but official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions in order to be admitted.
  • Relevant experience as shown on resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose essay.  Students desiring to complete a thesis must submit written request to do so in the essay
  • Three letters of reference
  • Foreign students whose native language is not English must demonstrate English Language Proficiency by (see International Admissions for full details):
    • Minimum TOEFL i-BT 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.

Programs with Additional Requirements

Master’s Programs


M.S. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Motor Neuroscience

The Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Motor Neuroscience, prepares students for teaching and research careers in motor behavior.

M.S. in Athletic Training

The MSAT program is for students who wish to pursue athletic training credentials by the Board of Certification (BOC) and pursue a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer

M.S. in Sport Management

Provides students the skill sets necessary to become future leaders of sport organizations as managers, administrators, and decision makers. (Online or Face-to-face)

M.S. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Sports Physiology

Provides students with the scientific background and technical skills necessary to evaluate performance-related characteristics of both team and individual athletes, and design strength and conditioning programs.

M.S. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Provides students with the scientific background and technical skills necessary to evaluate physical fitness and cardiovascular disease risk and prescribe preventative and rehabilitative strategies.

M.S. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Sport Pedagogy

This specialization prepares students to design and conduct research on teaching/teacher education and curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on linking theory to physical education practice.

M.S. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Exercise Physiology

The Master of Science 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.

West Point Faculty Development

This academic program is only for commissioned officers currently serving in the United States Army and approved by West Point Officials. Earn a M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology.

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