Kinesiology and Health Behavior and Health Education

Master of Education
Master of Science in Health Behavior and Health Education
Master of Science in Kinesiology
Doctor of Philosophy

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Campus address: L. Theo Bellmont Hall (BEL) 222, phone (512) 471-1273, fax (512) 471-8914; campus mail code: D3700

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, 2109 San Jacinto Boulevard Stop D3700, Austin TX 78712

E-mail: khegradinfo@austin.utexas.edu

URL: https://education.utexas.edu/departments/kinesiology-health-education

Facilities for Graduate Work

Excellent teaching and research laboratories are available to graduate students in kinesiology and health education. Special classrooms and computer facilities are available, as well as teaching laboratories for human anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, exercise and sport psychology, motor control and learning, physical development and aging, children's movement, and athletic training. Research laboratories are available for both basic and applied research with whole-body and subcellular investigations. Also available for field research are various schools, institutions, and agencies in Austin and surrounding communities.

Areas of Study

Most students major in either health behavior and health education or kinesiology. Students may also pursue a general program, leading to the Master of Education, that allows for specialization in either health behavior and health education or kinesiology but includes coursework in both areas.

Health Behavior and Health Education

The programs leading to the Master of Science in Health Behavior and Health Education or the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in health behavior and health education emphasize a developmental and research-based approach to health promotion across the life span. Students in the Master of Education with a major in health behavior and health education program specialize in either physical activity and health promotion or lifespan health promotion.

All the health behavior and health education degree programs provide students with a solid background in the social and behavioral foundations of health. Students have the opportunity to design a course of study suited to their interests and the research interests of the faculty. The program prepares students for academic, research, and applied careers in health promotion.

Kinesiology

Students pursuing the Master of Science in Kinesiology specialize in exercise science or sport management. Students pursuing doctoral studies can specialize in either exercise science or physical culture and sports studies.

Within exercise science, master’s degree students follow a general course of study in exercise science or exercise and sport psychology. Doctoral students in exercise science can focus on exercise physiology (human performance, exercise biochemistry, etc.) or movement science (biomechanics, motor control and learning, developmental science, etc).

Master’s students in sport management pursue degrees that help them prepare for careers in the management, marketing, and administration of sport programs in educational settings, sport business, or the entertainment industry. The sport management option III program is designed for early-career professionals pursuing a terminal master’s degree in sport management. Doctoral students in physical culture and sports studies pursue independent doctoral research in areas related to sport history, physical culture studies, sport law, sport and politics, sport philosophy, and other related subject areas.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2017.

Lawrence D Abraham
John Bartholomew
Sharon A Brown
Ben Carrington
Darla M Castelli
Edward F Coyle
Jonathan B Dingwell
Roger P Farrar
Lisa Griffin
John M Hoberman
Carole K Holahan
Thomas M Hunt
John L Ivy
Jody L Jensen
Esbelle M Jowers
Harold Willis Kohl III
Alexandra Loukas
Julie Maslowsky
Keryn Elizabeth Pasch
Mary A Steinhardt
Audrey J Stone
Hirofumi Tanaka
Janice S Todd

Admission Requirements

A student who lacks the prerequisite coursework described below may be admitted to the Graduate School, but he or she must then complete coursework in the appropriate areas in addition to degree requirements.  

Health Behavior and Health Education

To be admitted to the general Master of Education program, the applicant must have completed an undergraduate major or at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in physical education, kinesiology, and/or health education.

An applicant to the Master of Science in Health Behavior and Health Education or Master of Education with a major in health behavior and health education degree program with specialization in physical activity and health promotion or lifespan health promotion must have completed an undergraduate major in health education or a related discipline. The applicant must have completed at least three semester hours of coursework in each of the following areas: theory and methods of health education and/or health promotion, behavioral sciences, and statistics.

Doctoral degree programs. An undergraduate major in health education or a related discipline is required; the student must have completed at least three semester hours of coursework in each of the following areas: behavioral sciences, theory and methods of health education and/or health promotion, and statistics. The applicant must also be sponsored by a member of the Graduate Studies Committee. Applicants to the PhD program must demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.

Kinesiology

  1. Kinesiology. To be admitted to the general Master of Education program, the applicant must have completed an undergraduate major or at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in physical education, kinesiology, and/or health education.
  2. Exercise Science.

Exercise physiology. An applicant to the master’s or doctoral degree program with specialization in exercise physiology must have an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline and must have completed coursework in human anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics. Applicants who plan to focus on exercise and sport psychology must also have completed coursework in sport psychology; all other applicants to the exercise physiology specialization must have completed coursework in vertebrate physiology. Doctoral applicants must also be sponsored by a member of the Graduate Studies Committee and must demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.

Movement science. An applicant to the master’s or doctoral degree program with specialization in movement science must have an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline, and must have completed coursework in human anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor control and learning. Doctoral applicants must also be sponsored by a member of the Graduate Studies Committee and must demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.

  1. Sport management. For admission to the master’s or doctoral degree program with specialization in sport management, an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline is recommended; the student must demonstrate competency in management and marketing and in two of the following areas: sport ethics/philosophy, sport history, sport law, sport sociology, social psychology of sport, and sport economics. These competencies can be further developed in the first year of the program. Doctoral applicants must also be sponsored by a member of the Graduate Studies Committee and must demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research. Applicants to the M.Ed. in Kinesiology Option III program are required to have one year of full time work experience at the time of enrollment.