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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 Admissions

Admissions


Completed applications are reviewed by the division-specific admissions committee, each of which is comprised of three graduate faculty members within their respective division. Newly admitted master’s students are assigned an initial/temporary faculty advisor; the student is free to change advisors after the first semester in the program. All Masters applicants are considered Non-Thesis M.S. students, unless the applicant submits a written request to do a thesis. A Research Member of the HLKN Graduate Faculty must individually accept a MS-thesis applicant as his/her advisee for the student to be accepted into the program.
Deadlines for priority review (MS applicants):

January 15 (Fall admission) October 1 (Spring admission)

The following programs have alternative admission deadlines: M.S. in Athletic Training, M.S in Sport Management (Online)

Master’s Admissions


Admissions into an HLKN Master’s program is based on:

  • The applicant’s academic record – including an undergraduate grade point ratio (GPR) in the last 60 semester hours
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores* (not required for M.S. in sport management or M.S. in health education programs at this time)
  • Relevant experience as shown on resume or CV
  • Foreign students whose native language is not English must havea score of at least 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination for Foreign Students whose native language is not English.  (see International Admissions for full details)
  • Students desiring to complete a thesis must submit written request to do so in the essay
  • Personal statement of purpose essay
  • Three letters of reference

The following programs have additional admission requirements:

Master’s Programs


M.S. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Motor Neuroscience

The Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Motor Neuroscience, prepares students for teaching and research careers in motor behavior.

M.S. in Athletic Training

The MSAT program is for students who wish to pursue athletic training credentials by the Board of Certification (BOC) and pursue a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer

M.S. in Sport Management

Provides students the skill sets necessary to become future leaders of sport organizations as managers, administrators, and decision makers. (Online or Face-to-face)

M.S. in Health Education

The Master of Science in Health Education is a 36-hour degree program with the option to complete a thesis or non-thesis degree plan.

M.S. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Sports Physiology

Provides students with the scientific background and technical skills necessary to evaluate performance-related characteristics of both team and individual athletes, and design strength and conditioning programs.

M.S. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Provides students with the scientific background and technical skills necessary to evaluate physical fitness and cardiovascular disease risk and prescribe preventative and rehabilitative strategies.

M.S. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Sport Pedagogy

This specialization prepares students to design and conduct research on teaching/teacher education and curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on linking theory to physical education practice.

M.S. in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Exercise Physiology

The Master of Science in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology, provides advanced training in the physiological responses to acute exercise and the adaptations that occur with training.

West Point Faculty Development

This academic program is only for commissioned officers currently serving in the United States Army and approved by West Point Officials. Earn a M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology.

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