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THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND KINESIOLOGY


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 3,500 undergraduate students, 246 master’s students, 70 doctoral students (3,921 total), 179 minor students, 103 faculty members, 32 staff members and 87 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.

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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.

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Division of Kinesiology

We give students access and appreciation for all things kinesiology, emphasizing the biological basis to exercise and movement.

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Division of Sport Management

The Sport Management Program is one of the top 5 programs in the country.

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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.

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FROM OUR FORMER STUDENTS


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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Master's in Kinesiology, Emphasis in:

Sports Physiology (M.S.)

M.S. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Sports Physiology


The M.S. in Kinesiology with and emphasis in Sports Physiology is designed to provide students with the scientific background and technical skills necessary to evaluate performance-related characteristics of both team and individual athletes, and design sport-specific strength and conditioning programs to optimize athletic performance in high school, collegiate and professional athletic settings.  Admission to this graduate program is highly competitive, and the number of students admitted in each cohort is kept purposely small – generally no more than 10 each year – to provide the best possible experience and training for each.

ADMISSIONS


Admission decisions are based on:

  1. Undergraduate transcript grade point average (GPA) with particular attention paid to the GPA in science and kinesiology course work;
  2. GRE scores, typically a minimum of 300 for verbal and  quantitative combined;
  3. Quality professional recommendations from those who can speak to your character, work ethic, work experience, and academic accomplishments;
  4. Successful work experience in the field of strength and conditioning or a closely related field as documented by a personal resume; and
  5. Clearly written goals and objectives which demonstrate a well-articulated focus and dedication to the profession.

Applicant materials for Sports Physiology are reviewed and admission decisions are made by the Kinesiology Master of Science Program Admissions Committee. The prospective applicant must pay particular attention to the application deadlines to be considered for admission any one semester.  Late applications are not typically considered by the committee until the next formal admission cycle.

PLEASE NOTE:  All sports physiology students admitted will be permitted to begin formal course work in this graduate degree option as a cohort starting ONLY in the fall semester.

If you are required as a condition of admission to take undergraduate leveling course work, you may choose to do this before the fall semester (e.g., spring or summer terms), but you will not be permitted to begin formal graduate course work in Sports Physiology until the fall semester after you have been admitted.

We will only review COMPLETE applications. A COMPLETE application includes:

  • Apply Texas application
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher education that you have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a prior professor who can attest to your academic abilities)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Your current resume
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Program Details


Degree: Master’s in Kinesiology
Emphasis: Sports Physiology
Degrees Offered: M.S. in Kinesiology
Credit Hours: Non-Thesis: 36 hours, Thesis: 39 hours

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Core Curriculum


Embedded in the curriculum are one or two semesters of Practicum course work, which is completed for graduate course credit under the supervision of Coach Raychelle Ellsworth (rellsworth@athletics.tamu.edu), one of our Sport Performance coaches in the Department of Athletics. In these practicum courses, students receive hands-on “practical” training working under the supervision of coaches with athletes in various Texas A&M University men’s and women’s sports.

Important note: These practicum courses require an application process and permission to enroll conditioned upon acceptance by the Sports Performance staff of the athletic department.

The process of acceptance may require a personal interview and documented experience in sport performance/strength and conditioning in a high school, collegiate, or professional sports program. Documented evidence of athletic competition at the collegiate or professional level may also suffice as experience. These Practicum procedures are under the domain of the Sports Performance staff in the Department of Athletics. A capstone internship experience with Texas A&M athletics or another sports performance setting – collegiate, professional, or private, either in Texas or out-of-state – may also be chosen for course credit. Either non-thesis or thesis degree options may be chosen. Students typically take about two years to complete the program and graduate.

The curriculum also may prepare students for National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certifications.

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Faculty


The Division of Kinesiology faculty prepares students as leaders and innovators in careers in the public education forum and exercise science.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Masters

  • 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 info@hlkn.tamu.edu. 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.

    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

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