Kinesiology Master's Programs in Texas
Texas offers a wide variety of master's degree programs in kinesiology. In this article, schools offering these degrees will be compared, illustrating the differences in tuition, program requirements, and areas of specialization.
University of Texas at El Paso
Students who attend the University of Texas at El Paso can expect a master's degree program that consists of both classroom and online course options, and students can choose between a final graduate project or a thesis. In order to be admitted, applicants must have first completed an undergraduate program in kinesiology or a related field of study and have an overall GPA between 3.0 and 4.0.
University of Texas at San Antonio
In the health and kinesiology master's degree program, students can choose to complete the thesis track, where they must complete a minimum of 33 semester credit hours, with 9 hours being dedicated to mandatory courses, 18 hours for elective courses, and 6 hours needed for thesis courses. For the non-thesis option, a minimum of 36 semester credit hours must be completed, with 9 hours assigned to mandatory courses and 27 hours assigned to elective courses.
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University allows students to specialize their Master of Science degree in one of four different areas of focus - clinical, human performance, motor behavior, exercise and sport psychology, and integrative psychology. These specializations allow students to focus more closely on their career goals, and after 36 minimum credit hours of study, students are eligible to begin careers as researchers or scientists.
Texas A&M University - Kingsville
Students can choose between four areas of specialization within the Master in Kinesiology program; these include on-campus specializations in health/exercise science, performance psychology, and kinesiology generalist as well as an online-only specialization in sport management. For each of these different areas of specialization, students can choose from a 36-credit hour option consisting only of coursework or a 36-credit hour option that requires a research project. There's also a 30-credit hour option that requires a thesis.
East Texas Baptist University
This 30-credit hour program is designed to prepare students for a multitude of career fields, including health and fitness promotion, sport marketing, performance enhancement, and exercise physiology. In order to qualify for graduation, students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.75, and all program requirements must be completed within 5 years after enrollment.
Texas A&M University - Commerce
Texas A&M University - Commerce's health, kinesiology, and sports studies program offers online master's degrees as well as a hybrid option with a thesis or non-thesis track, depending on students' specialization. These specialization options include athletic administration, health promotion, exercise science, and physical education pedagogy.
Sam Houston State University
This school's M.S. in Kinesiology program is designed for students who aim for a career focused on studying movement of the human body and want both in-class and online course options. The program runs for 30-36 credit hours, and students must have first obtained an undergraduate degree with a focus in kinesiology in order to be accepted into the program.
University of North Texas
The University of North Texas offers students an M.S. in Kinesiology program with a strong research focus, allowing students to work firsthand on research projects related to such areas as body composition, effective coaching, physical activity, and physical fitness evaluation. Out of the 36 total credit hours of coursework, students must complete 15 credit hours of core courses, around 21 credit hours of electives, and a 6-hour thesis, if students choose to go with that option.
Texas Christian University
There are many areas of specialization offered within this school's Master Science in in Kinesiology program, including nutrition, motor control, and chronic disease. Students have the option to complete their degree by developing a thesis or treatise. The treatise option requires slightly more coursework and culminates in a student paper on a topic of their choosing.
Tarleton State University
Tarleton State University's kinesiology program has three specializations in athletic administration, health and wellness, and sports medicine as well as an interdisciplinary option that allows students to combine many different areas of interest. The non-thesis option for these programs requires 30 credit hours, while the thesis option requires 36 credit hours. All applying students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be considered for acceptance.
|School||Programs Offered*||In-State Tuition (Fall 2019)*|
|University of Texas at El Paso||M.S in Kinesiology||$5,622|
|University of Texas at San Antonio||M.S. in Health and Kinesiology||$6,107|
|Texas Tech University||M.S. in Kinesiology||$7,781|
|Texas A&M University- Kingsville||M.S. in Kinesiology||$4,328|
|East Texas Baptist University||M.S. in Kinesiology||$11,030|
|Texas A&M University - Commerce||M.S. in Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Studies||$5,098|
|Sam Houston State University||M.S. in Kinesiology - Sport and Human Performance||$6,430|
|University of North Texas||M.S. in Kinesiology||$6,618|
|Texas Christian University||M.S. in Kinesiology||$25,650|
|Tarleton State University||M.S. in Kinesiology||$5,664|
Sources: *University websites
While each school discussed above offers a master's degree program in kinesiology, the level of specialization and the program requirements vary greatly. Students should compare and contrast programs to determine which one would provide them with the experience necessary to excel in their desired field.