Kinesiology

Master of Education
Master of Science in Kinesiology
Doctor of Philosophy

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Campus address: L. Theo Bellmont Hall (BEL) 718, 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. Special classrooms and computer facilities are available, as well as teaching laboratories for human anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, rehabilitation and movement science, 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

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

Within exercise science, master’s degree students follow a general course of study in exercise physiology or rehabilitation and movement science. Doctoral students in exercise science can focus on exercise physiology (human performance, exercise biochemistry, etc.) or rehabilitation and 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 2019 semester.

Lawrence D Abraham
John Bartholomew
Sharon A Brown
Darla Marie Castelli
Edward F Coyle
Roger P Farrar
Lisa Griffin
John M Hoberman
Carole K Holahan
Hao-Yuan Hsiao
Thomas M Hunt
Jody L Jensen
Esbelle M Jowers
Harold Willis Kohl III
Sophie Lalande
Alexandra Loukas
Julie Maslowsky
Liesl Nydegger
Deborah Parra-Medina
Keryn Elizabeth Pasch
Miguel Pinedo
Mary A Steinhardt
Audrey J Stone
Laura J Suggs
Hirofumi Tanaka
Janice S Todd

Admission Requirements

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

Master of Education

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate major or at least 12 semester hours of upper-division coursework in physical education, kinesiology, and/or health education.  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.

Applicants to the master of education degree program in Kinesiology 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 vertebrate or human physiology. 

Applicants to the master of education degree program in Kinesiology with specialization in movement science must have an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline, and must have completed coursework in human anatomy, biomechanics, and motor learning or neuromuscular control.

Applicants to the master of education degree program in Kinesiology with specialization in sport management, are recommended to have an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline.

Master of Science

Applicants to the master of science degree program in Kinesiology 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 vertebrate or human physiology. 

Applicants to the master of science degree program in Kinesiology with specialization in movement science must have an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline, and must have completed coursework in human anatomy, biomechanics, and motor learning or neuromuscular control.

Applicants to the master of science degree program in Kinesiology with specialization in sport management, are recommended to have an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline.

Doctor of Philosophy 

Applicants to the doctoral degree program in Kinesiology must be sponsored by a member of the Graduate Studies Committee and must demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.

Applicants to the doctoral degree program in Kinesiology 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 vertebrate or human physiology. 

Applicants to the doctoral degree program in Kinesiology with specialization in movement science must have an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline, and must have completed coursework in human anatomy, biomechanics, and motor learning or neuromuscular control.

Applicants to the doctoral degree program in Kinesiology with specialization in sport management, an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline is recommended.