Texas A&M University-Kingsville grew out of the teacher college or "normal school" movement that swept Texas and the nation in the early 1900s. Chartered in 1917 but not opened until 1925 because of America's entry into World War I, the University is the oldest continuously operating public institution of higher learning in South Texas. Shortly after beginning life as South Texas State Teachers College, its role was expanded to embrace a wider array of programs. As its mission has expanded, its name has changed to reflect its wider scope. Its first name change, to Texas College of Arts and Industries, came in 1929. In 1967 the name changed to Texas A&I University. The University became a member of the Texas A&M University System in 1989 and in 1993 changed its name to Texas A&M University-Kingsville to reflect that membership.
A&M-Kingsville offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates from the following colleges:
- College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Business Administration
- College of Education and Human Performance
- Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering
- College of Graduate Studies
- Honors College
Master's degrees in the colleges of Education and Human Performance, Business Administration, and Engineering are available in completely online formats.