The graduate Kinesiology program at the University of North Texas provides students with an in-depth understanding of the professional literature, trends and research being conducted in kinesiology, health promotion and recreation.

Graduate opportunities

In the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, we offer coursework leading to a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with concentrations in exercise physiology, sport pedagogy or sport and exercise psychology. We also participate in three collaborative doctoral degree programs.

Careers are often found in health clubs, wellness centers, corporations, rehabilitation centers, athletic groups and other private groups. Other opportunities are available as teachers, coaches, athletic trainers and administrators.

Our faculty members are outstanding teachers, recognized scholars and active researchers. They’ve earned honors from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, Association for Applied Sport Psychology and the Society of Health and Physical Educators.

Our collaborative doctoral programs

The collaborative doctoral degree program in Biology with a concentration in exercise physiology explores the body’s neuromuscular and cardiovascular reactions to exercise and training. For more information, contact Brian McFarlin, Jakob Vingren or David Hill.

The Educational Psychology doctoral degree program with a concentration in the psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise examines how psychological strategies and techniques enhance or deter one’s athletic performance and how exercise and fitness affect mental health and cognitive function. More information is available from Scott Martin or Ryan Olson.

The sport pedagogy and motor behavior concentration in the Educational Psychology doctoral degree program examines learning and teaching, the influence of policy, and program impact in physical education, physical activity and sport programs. More information is available from Tao Zhang.

Research centers and laboratories

The Applied Physiology Laboratory specializes in research and education in physiology, health and nutrition related to exercise. It’s composed of several units including the Exercise Metabolism Laboratory, the Neuromuscular Exercise Laboratory, the Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory, the Body Composition Laboratory, and aerobic exercise training and teaching areas. Each laboratory houses state-of-the-art equipment for measuring oxygen uptake, anaerobic capacity and muscle activation, as well as other areas of related research.

Our Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence produces the most comprehensive and cutting-edge sport psychology services available to individuals, coaches, leaders, teams and groups.

The Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory works to improve school-aged students’ health through research, increasing public awareness and policy advocacy. Equipment includes active virtual reality systems, video game systems, a pediatric exercise ergometer, pediatric table and pedometers, among other tools.

A number of software packages also are housed in the laboratory and used for research, teaching and service in sport pedagogy and motor behavior.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

For each program, you’ll need to complete the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and provide the administering department the following materials. The admission requirements for the graduate school are outlined at or

Kinesiology master’s program (Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation)

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate credit hours or 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate work

Collaborative Biology doctoral program (Department of Biological Sciences)

Collaborative Educational Psychology doctoral program (Department of Educational Psychology)

  • Minimum 3.4 GPA on master’s degree work
  • GRE scores that are less than five years old
  • Personal résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professionally applicable sources
  • Personal statement of career objectives and how this degree will advance those objectives
  • Before applying, contact Scott Martin at Scott Martin or Ryan Olson (psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise) or Tao Zhang (sport pedagogy and motor behavior)

Degree requirements

Master’s Kinesiology degree

  • 15 credit hours of kinesiology core courses
  • 15 to 21 credit hours of electives (no more than 6 credit hours may be taken outside of Kinesiology)
  • 6 credit hours of a master’s thesis course (thesis option) or comprehensive exam or graduate project (non-thesis option)

Doctoral Biology degree

  • 6 credit hours of biology courses
  • 6 credit hours of kinesiology courses
  • 12 credit hours of dissertation
  • 6 credit hours of special problems courses
  • 12 credit hours of individual research courses

Doctoral Educational Psychology degree

  • 9 credit hours of educational psychology core courses
  • 21 credit hours of major required courses
  • 21 credit hours of psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise courses or sport pedagogy and motor behavior courses
  • 3 credit hours of supervised research practice
  • 9 credit hours of dissertation

Financial assistance

Teaching fellowship recipients may serve as a teaching fellow, teaching assistant, research assistant or graduate services assistant.

Teaching fellows are paid a stipend of approximately $12,000 to $15,000 for nine months (20-hours-per-week). Summer fellowships are often available. You must be formally admitted to one of the graduate programs and enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours each fall and spring semester.


The department, college and university award many scholarships each year. These scholarships typically apply to tuition and fees for two semesters. The award amounts depend on the scholarship. More information is available at or


Chris Bailey, Clinical Assistant Professor; Ph.D., East Tennessee State University. Sport physiology and performance.

Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Virginia. Autism spectrum disorder/developmental disabilities; physical activity behavior, lifetime motor development; motor skill assessment.

Jeff Goodwin, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University. Motor behavior.

David Hill, Regents Professor; Ph.D., University of Georgia. Exercise physiology.

Allen Jackson, Regents Professor; Ed.D., University of Houston. Health; physical activity; physical fitness; research methods.

Scott Martin, Professor; Ph.D., University of Tennessee. Health-related physical fitness and psychological well-being; sport and exercise psychology; sport sociology.

Brian McFarlin, Professor; Ph.D., Purdue University. Exercise physiology, nutrition and immunology.

Ryan Olson, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Rutgers University. Exercise psychology; neurophysiology and cognition; autonomic function and stress reactivity.

Jakob Vingren, Professor; Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Physiology of resistance exercise related to hormones, nutrition, health and performance.

Karen Weiller, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University. Sport sociology; youth pedagogy.

Tao Zhang, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Louisiana State University. Psychosocial determinants of physical activity and health; youth physical activity and health disparity; achievement motivation, motor development.