Master of Science: Sport Science
Our Master of Science in Sport Science is ideally suited to those who wish to work as professionals in sport settings or who wish to enhance their current sport related careers through advanced training. The Master of Science in Sport Science is a 30 credit fully online graduate degree with courses structured to allow students to complete the program in one calendar year or attend part-time as classes fit their work, family and personal responsibilities.
Many students enter our graduate program with undergraduate degrees in directly related areas such as Sport Administration/Sport Management, Physical Education, Recreation Management, Business Management, Psychology, Health Science, and Athletic Training. Others hold undergraduate degrees in associated disciplines such as Communications and Education. These students typically have a strong personal background in sport and have elected to transition their undergraduate degrees to sport studies (e.g. Communication to Sports Information). These students work closely with their academic advisors to ensure appropriate preparation and course selection.
Approximately half of our students are traditional students who completed their undergraduate degrees in the last few years and are pursuing graduate degrees to help secure professional careers in the sport industry. The other half is non-traditional students returning to school after a period of time since earning their undergraduate degrees. Some of these students attend full-time while others balance their work and family demands by attending part-time. Most non-traditional students in the program have worked in sport settings and are pursuing graduate degrees to accelerate their career advancement. Notably, a number of non-traditional students are returning to school to change career paths, having worked elsewhere and elected to pursue careers in the area they love, sport. Our students universally enjoy the flexibility of the online delivery.
Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Sport Science complete three core classes that provide a foundation for the study of sport science. Students may then choose one of two tracks: Sport Administration or Sport and Exercise Psychology.
In addition to the three core classes, students in the Sport Administration track complete an additional 15-18 credits of required coursework that includes a 3 credit capstone project or 6 credit field experience and 3 to 6 credits of electives.
Students who successfully complete the Sport Administration track would be prepared to pursue careers in the sport industry including sport marketing, sport sales and sponsorship, event management, facility management, athletic administration, public relations, and coaching. Specific positions include general manager, public relations personnel, marketing director, athletic director, corporate sales manager, ticket sales personnel, facility manager, event manager, and media relations personnel for corporations/sport organizations and all of their respective subsidiaries, arenas, and stadiums.
Sport and Exercise Psychology
In addition to the three core classes, students in the Sport and Exercise Psychology track would complete an additional 15 credits of required coursework including a 3 credit capstone project and 6 elective credits.
Graduates of our Sport and Exercise Psychology track could work as AASP Certified Consultants where they educate coaches, athletes, officials, and parents about sport and exercise psychology and performance enhancement techniques. They may also work as professionals employed in or the liaison to a university athletic department, professionals employed by the Army Center for Performance Enhancement, academic advisors working with student-athletes, fitness consultants or lifestyle coaches. With continued study, they could become clinical psychologists working with athletes in private practice; Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Social Work and/or Counselor Education faculty that have an opportunity for sport psychology application, or Exercise Science, Kinesiology or Physical Education faculty. The application of sport and exercise psychology principles in settings other than sport and exercise has also been growing steadily. Graduates, therefore, may also work in non-sport settings including medicine, health/wellness and business.
100% online, web-based delivery enables working adults the flexibility to progress through the program on a part-time basis, at a reasonable pace, without interrupting their careers. The program will also accommodate traditional and non-traditional students to attend on a full-time or part-time basis. No campus visits or on-campus residencies are required.
The web-based delivery is designed to maximize the efficient use of technology for online teaching and learning, while maintaining a personal, one-to-one mentoring and supervision relationship with degree candidates.
The web-based online format takes advantage of leading edge technology to deliver the curriculum. Streaming audio and video, threaded discussion, journaling, real-time chat discussions, document sharing and other instructional methods make it possible to create active and engaged learning communities. In addition to the individual work, group work is accomplished in the online environment through document sharing, e-mail, threaded discussion, and other capabilities.