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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

Graduate Advising

Graduate Advising


Our office is here to assist both prospective and current students in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management (KNSM).

The role of a graduate advisor is to serve as an administrative liaison for graduate students navigating the requirements of graduate school from the admissions process to degree completion.

Graduate advisors do not consult with students about specific coursework.

Graduate Advising Office

Gilchrist Suite 138 (Office A&B)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday (Closed University holidays.)
Email: hlkngradprog@tamu.edu

Appointments are not required, but are encouraged if possible.

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Graduate Advisors


Graduate Admissions


Master’s Admissions

Completed applications are reviewed by the division-specific admissions committee, each of which is comprised of three graduate faculty members within their respective division. Newly admitted master’s students are assigned an initial/temporary faculty advisor; the student is free to change advisors after the first semester in the program. All Masters applicants are considered Non-Thesis M.S. students, unless the applicant submits a written request to do a thesis. A Research Member of the KNSM Graduate Faculty must individually accept a MS-thesis applicant as his/her advisee for the student to be accepted into the program.

Deadlines for priority review (MS applicants)
  • January 15 – Fall admission
  • October 1 – Spring admission

The following programs have alternative admission deadlines:

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. A Research Member of the KNSM Graduate Faculty must individually accept a doctoral applicant as their advisee for the student to be accepted into the program.

Deadline for priority review (Ph.D. applicants)
  • December 15: Summer (June) / Fall (September)

Our Programs


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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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