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The Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN) is the largest academic department at Texas A&M University and generates over 98,000 credit hours and 203,000 (Modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

As one of four departments in the College of Education and Human Development, HLKN 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 four divisions: Health EducationKinesiologySport 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 Health Education

Prepares students to help people improve their health, and thereby the quality of life, through effective health education, powerful networking, strong leadership, meaningful research and selfless service to others.

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


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


Chandler Stout ’15 discusses her experience as a Sports Management Major at the College of Education and Human Development. Chandler has been heavily involved in student organizations such as Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Freshman Leaders in Progress, Conference on Student Government Association Committee, Big Event, Relay for Life-Aggieland and Fish Camp.

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Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in:

Exercise Physiology

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an 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. To be admitted to the program, a member of the graduate faculty must accept students.

Emphases in the applied programs are in neuromuscular efficiency and control, cardiorespiratory response to exercise, exercise and lipid metabolism and changes in bone structure and metabolism in response to exercise as well as disuse, bed rest and microgravity.

Emphases in basic research include mechanisms of exercise-induced injury, neuromuscular efficiency, muscle metabolism and free radical stress and the molecular biology of bone adaptation to stress. Specific areas of research correspond to those of the exercise physiology faculty.

Program Details

Degree: Ph.D. in Kinesiology
Emphasis in: Exercise Physiology
Credit Hours: 64 hours
Delivery: Traditional

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Student Testimonial

Colleen O’Reilly, Doctoral Student in Kinesiology – Exercise Physiology

I like how individual the Exercise Physiology doctorate program can be.  I have taken courses in multiple departments which has given me many different perspectives to consider as I dive into research and teaching.  I also have been given opportunities to converse and engage with professors from all different research and teaching backgrounds which has helped shape me as a teacher and a researcher.

The program is also set up so that you go through the curriculum with many of the same people. It has helped me create lasting friendships that will continue long after I finish my Ph.D.

I really appreciate the time that the professors have taken both in the classroom and out to make my experience here fun, exciting and challenging. Professors care about the students and our success in the program.  They truly challenge you to go above and beyond the textbook and give you the space to come to your own conclusions throughout the process.

CEHD Grad Talk

“The Drive to Be Physically Active Can be a Gut Decision” by Ayland Letsinger, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.


Frequently Asked Questions


  • I still have further questions—who can I contact to help me answer those?

    Please feel free to contact the Graduate Advising Office in 335 Blocker. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We can be reached at (979) 862-4052 (Tyler Fadal) or (979) 458-2673 (Carmen Hoffmann). You can e-mail us at Our mailing address is 4243 TAMU; College Station, TX 77843-4243.

  • 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: Click here for the cost of attendance estimator

    Please note, you must update the program hours.

  • Can you guide me through the application process?

    Completed Application: A completed Apply Texas application. Apply online at The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. Application Fee: A non-refundable $50 application fee for domestic applicants and $75 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

  • Is the GRE required?

    Yes, the GRE is required.

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