Love Sports? Become an Athletic Administrator

Take a walk on the business side of sports and athletics. Our master's program is specifically designed for full-time teachers and coaches who are interested in advancing their careers within athletic administration. As you pursue your degree, you will be challenged to apply concepts like sport psychology, finance and facilities operation to real-world problems and find feasible solutions. In one year, you can be prepared for such positions as high school/college athletic director or campus coordinator through our 100% online health, kinesiology and sports studies program.

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SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN Health, Kinesiology and sports studies with an Athletic Administration concentration

what you will learn

A degree in health, kinesiology and sports studies will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Develop a critical mindset for protecting your student-athletes, coaching staff and program integrity.
  • Expand your knowledge of current trends and issues in athletic administration as you advance your problem-solving skills.
  • Master the art of time management during your main sport season as you face the challenges of working full-time and participating in the operations and management of your chosen sport.
  • Acquire statistical methods, systematic research techniques and optional internship experience.
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Our program gives you the flexibility to continue your existing career through online classes while providing challenging coursework to help you further develop your expertise. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of sports venues such as college athletic programs and larger school districts throughout Texas.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Athletic Director (median salary for 0-5 years)

Data from “McQuerry, L. How much money does a high school athletic director make?” Accessed 25 September 2020.

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Course Delivery

This program is 100% online. You can complete this 30-credit hour degree program in one year by taking nine credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and six credit hours during the summer terms.

Graduate Program Cost


Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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Health, Kinesiology & Sport Studies (MS) :: Program Admission Requirements



Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit Application

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Health, Kinesiology & Sport Studies, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accept evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

2 Letters of Recommendation

Use the following form to submit 2 letters of recommendation from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program. Those individuals should:

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Personal Statement

In 1-2 pages, describe your background, goals and desired concentration: Athletic Administration, Exercise Science, International Sport Management or Sports Coaching.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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