Kinesiology or Health Education

Master of Education

Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

The Master of Education program gives working professionals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Kinesiology or Health Education. Two options, both expected to take 36 hours over two years, are available. Neither program requires a thesis.

The General Kinesiology track is designed for physical educators and teacher-coaches interested in pursuing a general Kinesiology master’s degree. You will take courses in

  • Health Behavior Health Education (HBHE)
  • Exercise Science (includes Exercise Physiology and Movement and Cognitive Rehabilitation Science)
  • Physical Culture and Sport Studies/Sport Management

The Health Education track focuses on theory, application and practitioner skills oriented towards careers in educational institutions, community health care settings, business and industry, government agencies and voluntary health agencies.

For both options, you will develop your degree plan with a supervising professor. Your supervising professor will serve as an academic adviser before getting the final approval for your degree plan from the department’s graduate advisor.

Program Details

Semester Start: Fall

Deadline to Apply:
Priority: December 1
Final: May 1

GRE Required? No

Location: On Campus

Length of Program: 24 months, 36 hours

In addition to meeting the Graduate School requirements, the applicant must submit a personal statement and three letters of recommendation via the graduate school admission portal.

Learn more about Graduate Admissions

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and provide evidence that you have taken at least 15 hours of either upper-division undergraduate coursework in physical education, kinesiology or health education, or 15 hours of graduate coursework in Kinesiology and Health Education.

Courses completed at another college or university may be used to satisfy part or all of the requirements provided they were completed prior to beginning graduate study at The University of Texas at Austin. If you need to fulfill any requirements after you are admitted, they must be taken at UT-Austin. Your advisor will determine what courses will count toward the degree requirements. Students who complete a graduate certificate program from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education may count those courses toward the completion of their master’s.

All course selections must be approved by your faculty advisor.

  • Core Courses: 18 Hours
  • Inside KHE Electives (KIN or HED classes): nine hours
  • Outside KHE Electives: six hours
  • Culminating Experience: six hours

Select six hours from each of these three departmental areas:

  • Health Behavior Health Education (HBHE)
  • Exercise Science (includes Exercise Physiology and Movement and Cognitive Rehabilitation Science)
  • Physical Culture and Sport Studies/Sport Management (PCSS/SM)

Select from the following:

  • 12 hours from Health Behavior Health Education (HBHE)
  • three hours from Exercise Science (Includes Exercise Physiology and Movement and Cognitive Rehabilitation Science) and
  • three hours from Physical Culture and Sport Studies/Sport Management (PCSS/SM)

Electives Within the Department (9 hours)

Choose three elective courses that meet your interests and career direction. You may also select KIN or HED 397 or KIN or HED 396T and KIN 386 Research Methodologies, Topic 2, Applied Research Techniques.

Up to six hours of upper-division undergraduate KIN/HED coursework may also be counted.

Select six hours of coursework from outside the department in consultation with your advisor

Graduate Internship or Research Project (3 hours)

The internship (KIN or HED 397P) or research project (KIN or HED 397) should be taken in the final semester after the completion of all course work. This experience will give you the opportunity to apply cumulative knowledge and skills in a supervised practicum in a community, school, worksite or healthcare setting. The internship or research project will be supervised by your academic adviser. A written research report or summary of the internship experience will be submitted to the supervising professor. Successful completion of this course is considered the culminating experience for the degree. 

Photo of faculty member Thomas M Hunt
Associate Professor

Examines the intersection of sport and international political history.

Photo of faculty member Tolga  Ozyurtcu
Associate Professor of Instruction

Studies the historical, philosophical, sociocultural, and political dimensions of sport and physical culture.

Photo of faculty member Keryn E Pasch
Associate Professor

Examines the relation between marketing influence on youth and young adult risk behavior such as substance use, nutrition, sleep and energy drink consumption.

Photo of faculty member Emily  Sparvero
Assistant Professor of Instruction

Focuses on the development of sport policies and the ways in which professional sport teams can be leveraged to generate economic, social, and tourism benefits for host communities.

Photo of faculty member Hirofumi  Tanaka

Effects of vascular dysfunction due to aging, and the lifestyle habits that can prevent or reverse dysfunction. Role of peripheral vascular dysfunction in the pathogenesis of cognitive and cerebrovascular dysfunction Reduction in physiological functi...

Photo of faculty member Janice (Jan) S Todd
Department Chair

Specializes in the history of strength and conditioning, doping, women and sport, and history of physical culture.

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