Health, Kinesiology and Sports Studies

MS-Health, Kinesiology & Sports Studies   (MS-HKSS)

Area of emphasis available (MS degree only):

Athletic Administration
Exercise Science
Health Promotion
Physical Education Pedagogy
International Sport Management

Graduate programs offered in the Department of Health and Human Performance are designed to provide students with specialized training that will prepare them for positions with public and private agencies and master teaching positions in the area of health and human performance at the K-12 and college levels. These graduate degree programs are designed to provide graduate students with:

  1. Knowledge and skills necessary to organize and administer programs of health and human performance;
  2. The ability to interpret, analyze, critique, and produce research within health and human performance;
  3. Knowledge related to the current challenges and trends underlying programs of health and human performance;
  4. Knowledge and skills related to pedagogy in health and human performance.

The Department of Health and Human Performance offers the following graduate degree: Master of Science (MS) in Health, Kinesiology and Sports Studies (either thesis or non-thesis). The MS degree is offered with five different tracks as specified in degree requirements. For each of these degrees, a minimum of 18 to 24-hours must be completed in the major field.

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Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 3.00 or higher overall GPA or a minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate degree coursework.

  • One of the following:

    • Official General Test GRE or
    • An awarded bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with an overall GPA of at least a 3.00 or
    • An awarded master's degree from a regionally accredited university with an overall GPA of at least a 3.25.
  • A one to two page personal statement describing the student's background, goals, and desired concentration: Athletic Administration, Physical Education Pedagogy, Exercise Science, or Health Promotion

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university, or

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.

International student applications (including all required documents and for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration:          June 1

Spring admission consideration:     October 15

Summer admission consideration:  March 15