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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.

Watch her story

Health & Kinesiology

Doctoral Admissions


Applications are accepted in a rolling-basis year-round. However, all students who want to be considered for University (e.g., Merit, Diversity) or HLKN funding (e.g., GAT, GAR) need to apply by the priority deadline. Completed applications are forwarded to the respective division faculty for evaluation. Appropriate academic qualifications are determined by the accepting faculty member and divisional admissions committee. A Research Members of the HLKN Graduate Faculty must individually accept a doctoral applicant as his/her advisee for the student to be accepted into the program.
Deadlines for priority review (PhD applicants):

Summer (June) / Fall (September) start: December 15

Doctoral Admissions

  • Admission to a Doctoral degree program is based on:
    • Accepted by a member of the graduate faculty (must contact graduate faculty directly before submitting application)
    • Academic record, including GPR
    • GRE scores (Waived for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 applications)
    • Relevant experience on resume’ or CV
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • TOEFL scores of at least 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based (International applicants)
    • (Summer/Fall 2021) Texas A&M University GraduateCAS Application and Fee for the Ph.D in Kinesiology (including Sport Management) and Ph.D in Health Education (on-campus programs ONLY).

Doctoral Programs

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.

Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Sport Management

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management, faculty and students study sport management in ways that impact individuals, organizations and communities both locally and globally.

Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Sport Pedagogy

The Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Pedagogy prepares students for teaching and research positions in universities as well as leadership positions in state or regional departments of education.

Ph.D. in Kinesiology, 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.

Ph.D. in Health Education

The Ph.D. in Health Education program prepares students to conduct research in basic and applied health education. The program requires a minimum of 64 hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree.

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