Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management
For nearly 30 years, Texas A&M University has been preparing Ph.D. students to excel in the scholarship of sport. Texas A&M offers a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Management. Our faculty and students study sport management in ways that impact individuals, organizations and communities both locally and globally.
Using an appropriate array of theoretical, methodological and practical bases, our aim is to expose graduate students to a wide variety of perspectives and methods, then train them to understand and apply their knowledge base to critical areas of inquiry within sport management.
Please refer to the Texas A&M University Undergraduate Catalog for the content of the courses listed below. Competency in the content of the course is required rather than the particular course. The Office of Graduate Studies in the Department of Health and Kinesiology in consultation with the graduate committee chair or temporary advisor will be happy to review transcripts of potential graduate students.
We will only review COMPLETE applications. A COMPLETE application includes:
- Apply Texas application
- Transcripts from all institutions of higher education that you have attended
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
- Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a prior professor who can attest to your academic abilities)
- Statement of purpose, which should include an intended research focus.
- Academic writing sample
- Current resume
Research Experience Requirement
Prior to scheduling the dissertation proposal meeting, each student will: (a) have presented, as sole or first author, at least one presentation at a state, regional, or national conference; and (b) will be an author on at least one research paper submitted to a peer-reviewed national or international journal. In addition, dissertations will not be signed by the department head until the student has submitted as first author a manuscript (or manuscripts) of the study to a national or international refereed journal (or journals).
Minimum Hour Requirement
The PhD requires a minimum of 67 hours beyond a masters or 96 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Depending on the preparation and experience, doctoral students may be required to complete undergraduate or graduate leveling work in addition to the minimum PhD requirements.
Our curriculum is built on four main areas, each of which combine coursework with individual application for tailored education of each student:
- Scholarship of sport management
- Scholarship of theoretical specializations
- Methods of inquiry
- Teaching and career preparation
Our faculty represent globally noted scholars in the areas of marketing, finance, diversity, social justice, gender equity, sport development, legal aspects of sport, sport for development, organizational behavior and leadership. Each faculty member engages with students to develop lines of inquiry that will both prepare them for future careers in the academy and contribute to the growing body of sport management knowledge.
The Center for Sport Management Research and Education as well as the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport and the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics also provide opportunities for students to engage in studies that will impact sport management theory and practice.
The broad collective knowledge base of faculty and access to world-class opportunities on and off campus, combined with individual mentorship for each student makes Texas A&M one of the strongest and most attractive universities for training and inspiring scholars in sport management.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.applytexas.org. 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.
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.