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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.

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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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Doctorate in Kinesiology, Emphasis in:

Motor Neuroscience (Ph.D.)

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. These laboratories provide the most modern facilities. The laboratories use technologies that allow online data collection and processing, sophisticated presentation of auditory and visual stimuli and the opportunity to use human and animal research models. In addition to work conducted in the laboratories, supplemental experiences are available in electrical engineering (robotics), computer science (artificial intelligence), industrial engineering (human factors) and psychology.

The Ph.D. in Motor Neuroscience trains students for post-doctoral appointments and positions in universities, industry, the military, and research institutes. The program is experimentally oriented and is specifically designed to provide students with a thorough foundation in the theoretical processes that assist the performance and learning of perceptual-motor skills. Emphases in motor learning, motor control, and motor development are offered. Specific areas of research correspond to those listed for the motor behavior faculty. A member of the graduate faculty to be admitted must accept students. Students must contact the faculty member directly.


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
How to Apply

Program Details

Degree: Ph.D. in Kinesiology
Emphasis: Motor Neuroscience
Credit Hours: 67 hours
Delivery: Traditional

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Student Testimonial

Austin McCulloch, Doctoral Student in Kinesiology – Motor Neuroscience

The motor neuroscience program offers hands-on research opportunities the very first semester you arrive on campus. As you progress through your coursework, you are able to bridge knowledge gained in the classroom as you test and apply theories in experimental settings. These experiences help to cultivate your own research interests as you establish yourself as an independent researcher.

Texas A&M University is known for its excellence and dedication to research. The top reason I chose this program is because of the opportunities which are provided to graduate students. The availability of research funding and hand-on laboratory experience coupled with quality mentors and professors amongst the best in the field are invaluable for a student looking to grow and establish their own research interests.


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 Ph.D. requires a minimum of 67 hours beyond a master’s 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 Ph.D. requirements.

Suggested Prerequisites or Competency

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 specific course. HLKN’s Office of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the graduate committee chair or temporary advisor, will be happy to review transcripts of potential graduate students.


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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