M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Physiology

The M.S. in Kinesiology with and emphasis in Sports Physiology is designed to provide students with the scientific background and technical skills necessary to evaluate performance-related characteristics of both team and individual athletes, and design sport-specific strength and conditioning programs to optimize athletic performance in high school, collegiate and professional athletic settings.  Admission to this graduate program is highly competitive, and the number of students admitted in each cohort is kept purposely small – generally no more than 10 each year - to provide the best possible experience and training for each. 

Admission decisions are based on:

  1. Undergraduate transcript grade point average (GPA) with particular attention paid to the GPA in science and kinesiology course work;
  2. GRE scores, typically a minimum of 300 for verbal and  quantitative combined;
  3. Quality professional recommendations from those who can speak to your character, work ethic, work experience, and academic accomplishments;
  4. Successful work experience in the field of strength and conditioning or a closely related field as documented by a personal resume; and
  5. Clearly written goals and objectives which demonstrate a well-articulated focus and dedication to the profession.

Applicant materials for Sports Physiology are reviewed, and admission decisions made, by the Kinesiology Master of Science Program Admissions Committee. The prospective applicant must pay particular attention to the application deadlines to be considered for admission any one semester.  Late applications are not typically considered by the committee until the next formal admission cycle. 

PLEASE NOTE:  All sports physiology students admitted will be permitted to begin formal course work in this graduate degree option as a cohort starting ONLY in the fall semester. If you are required as a condition of admission to take undergraduate leveling course work, you may choose to do this before the fall semester (e.g., spring or summer terms), but you will not be permitted to begin formal graduate course work in Sports Physiology until the fall semester after you have been admitted. 

Embedded in the curriculum are one or two semesters of Practicum course work, which is completed for graduate course credit under the supervision of Coach Raychelle Ellsworth (rellsworth@athletics.tamu.edu), one of our Sport Performance coaches in the Department of Athletics. In these practicum courses, students receive hands-on “practical” training working under the supervision of coaches with athletes in various Texas A&M University men’s and women’s sports. 

Important note: These practicum courses require an application process and permission to enroll conditioned upon acceptance by the Sports Performance staff of the athletic department. The process of acceptance may require a personal interview and documented experience in sport performance/strength and conditioning in a high school, collegiate, or professional sports program. Documented evidence of athletic competition at the collegiate or professional level may also suffice as experience. These Practicum procedures are under the domain of the Sports Performance staff in the Department of Athletics. A capstone internship experience with Texas A&M athletics or another sports performance setting – collegiate, professional, or private, either in Texas or out-of-state - may also be chosen for course credit. Either non-thesis or thesis degree options may be chosen. Students typically take about two years to complete the program and graduate.

The curriculum also may prepare students for National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certifications.


We will only review COMPLETE applications. A COMPLETE application includes:

  • Apply Texas application
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher education that you have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a prior professor who can attest to your academic abilities)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Your current resume