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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.

Health & Kinesiology Physical Education Activity Building

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:

Sport Management (M.S.)

M.S. in Sport Management


The Masters of Science in Sport Management program provides students the skill sets necessary to become future leaders of sport organizations as administrators, managers, and decision makers.

Students are prepared for careers in university and interscholastic athletic departments, professional sports, media and communications operations, health and country clubs, charitable and youth organizations, as well as a diversity of roles in the areas of sport marketing and promotions, facility management and planning, event management and planning, and activity programming.

Both thesis and non-thesis tracks are available to students in the M.S. program.

ADMISSIONS


The admission process to the M.S. program is competitive. There is a limit to the number of students admitted each semester. Students admitted in Fall 2015 typically had a GPA well in excess of 3.0 with an average of 4.3 years experience in the sport industry.

Traditional

The in-residence M.S. program admits beginning students only in fall semesters. Applications for every Fall term must be completed no later than February 1 of the term year you are applying for.

Online

Deadlines for applications to be completed in order to be considered for admission into the program:

April 1 (Fall) October 1 (Spring) February 1 (Summer)

Admission Process

Complete application packets must include a current resume and two letters of recommendation from faculty members who can speak to the student’s academic potential as a graduate student. For international applicants to be considered for admission, TOEFL scores must equal or exceed a total score of 100, with a minimum of 25 in each of the four areas of reading, listening, speaking and writing.

Only COMPLETE applications will be reviewed. A COMPLETE application includes:

  • Apply Texas application
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher education that applicants have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two must be from a previous professor who can attest to applicant’s academic abilities and potential as a graduate student)
  • Although not required, a candidate may use GRE scores to enhance the application.
  • Statement of purpose (please explain how an M.S. in Sport Management from Texas A&M will help you reach your career goals)
  • Your current resume
How to Apply

Program Details


Degree: Master’s in Sport Management
Degrees Offered: Master of Science
Credit Hours: 36 Hours

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Faculty


The faculty consists of 13 members of all academic ranks, experts in virtually all Sport Management disciplines, who are recognized as outstanding teachers and scholars in the U.S. and internationally. We provide a professional and comprehensive education in the classroom, combined with real-world opportunities through internships with our partner organizations, to produce future leaders of the sport industry.

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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

Graduate Internship


The graduate internship is designed to provide our graduate students with the opportunity to make application of theories, and conceptual material learned in the classroom, in a professional setting.

TAKE WHAT YOU LEARN IN THE CLASSROOM AND PUT IT INTO PRACTICE IN THE SPORT INDUSTRY!

Internships often provide students with the opportunity to network and make contacts in the sport industry that will assist them in obtaining professional employment following graduation, and/or enhancing career opportunities in organizations which students are already employed.

For questions, information, and/or internship application forms, please contact Dr. Scott Waltemyer.

INTERNSHIP CATEGORIES/SETTINGS

  • Professional Sports
  • Minor-League Sports
  • College Athletics
  • Scholastic Athletics
  • Campus Recreation
  • Community Recreation
  • International Sport Federations
  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Media
  • Health & Fitness

Internship Frequently Asked Questions

SPMT Internship

  • How do I register for the internship course (SPMT 684)?

    You need to contact the internship coordinator during the semester PRIOR to the semester in which you would like to intern (it is recommended that you contact the internship coordinator at least three months before the time you would begin your internship). The internship coordinator will answer any questions, and make sure that you are on the right track. You will then be provided with the application form that you will need to complete, sign, and return to the internship coordinator. Once the application is received by the internship coordinator, it will then need to be officially approved, and once approved by the department we will send it to the registrar’s office to enroll you in the course. In order to register you on time, you should have your completed application submitted to the internship coordinator at least a month before the beginning of the semester. Again, you do not register for the course. You complete an application form, and if it is approved, the department will then register you.

  • Does the university place interns?

    No, the university does not place interns. We do have many contacts in the sport industry, so if you do not have an internship site already or are not sure what you want to do, we can help guide you in the right direction, but we do not directly place interns. It is the responsibility of the student to finalize the internship site.

  • Can I use my current job for my internship?

    No, you cannot use your current job/role; however, you could possibly use your current organization. For example, if you are a high school football coach, you could NOT use your roles and responsibilities with the football program towards your internship, however, you could possibly (upon approval) work with other sports and/or the athletic director on other projects for your internship. Or if you work in ticket sales for a professional sports team, you could possibly do your internship with another department (e.g. facility management, marketing, public relations, etc.). If this is your situation, please discuss with the internship coordinator.

  • Will I complete assignments during my internship, or just complete the work hours?

    There are a few assignments/papers that students will submit during the internship. You will keep a journal/log of your work activities/tasks, record your work hours in a timesheet, write a reflection paper at the end of your experience, and your site supervisor will complete an evaluation form. All of these assignments will be submitted to the internship coordinator, and instructions for everything will be provided in the internship manual/syllabus which will be provided once you are enrolled.

  • How many weeks/hours is the internship?

    Students have the entire semester, for which they are registered for the internship, to complete the internship hours.  SPMT 684 interns must complete a minimum of 40 internship work hours per academic credit hour, which equals a minimum of 120 total documented work hours (that being said, if the organization that you are interning for requires more hours, then you must meet their minimum hours, even if it is more than we require on the academic side.  For example, if the organization you intern with requires to you work 20 hours a week for a minimum of 10 weeks, then you would get 200 hours.  The organization may require more than the 120 hours, but you will not get credit if you complete less than the 120 hours that we require).  Further, you may not retroactively use previous work towards your internship. All internship hours and work must be concurrent with the semester in which you are registered for academic credit for the internship.

  • How many credit hours is the internship?

    The graduate internship is a 3- credit course, in which students may earn credit for field experience work in the industry.  Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of field experience work (along with other assignments) in order to earn the credit.

  • Where can I intern?

    The site must be a sport/recreation organization, and must be approved by the SPMT internship coordinator and HLKN chair of graduate studies.

  • When is the internship offered?

    Students may complete the internship during the spring, summer (10-week), or fall semesters. The internship experience (work hours) must be completed during the semester in which you are registered for the course.

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