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Master’s Program Details
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Students enrolling in the Master’s Degree Program AFTER 1 January 2014 must select one of three academic track options before completing their Core Courses. The three academic track options are:
- Thesis Option (Student will be enrolled in the Master’s Portfolio). Students may find complete information about the Master’s Portfolio here.
- Non-Thesis Option (Student takes three additional courses in lieu of writing a thesis or completing a Mentorship and must sit for the Master’s Comprehensive Examination at the end of his/her program of study.
- Mentorship Option (Student completes a Mentorship in lieu of the Thesis and Non-Thesis options and must sit for the Comprehensive Examination at the end of his/her program of study.)
Students who elect the Thesis Option will be enrolled in the Master’s Portfolio. Students selecting the Non-Thesis Option or the Mentorship Option will take a Comprehensive Examination at the end of their program of study.
Major Areas of Study
The Academy offers a Master of Sports Science degree in the following majors:
- Sports Coaching
- Sports Health and Fitness
- Sports Management
- Sports Studies
- Recreation Management
Degree programs consist of 33 semester hours. The Academy offers a dual major in any two master’s degree disciplines (with the exception of Recreation Management) and these dual majors require between 36 and 45 semester hours.
The master’s program in Sports Coaching is designed to prepare a student for leadership in a coaching career at a variety of levels of competition. In the world of athletics, the difference between average and elite performance can hinge on the level of coaching an athlete receives. Premier coaches use cutting edge motivation and instructional techniques to maximize the performance of their athletes and their teams. In the Sports Coaching program, students will be given the education to meet the challenges coaches face on a day-to-day basis and to find practical solutions to everyday problems.
Sports Health and Fitness
Within the Department of Sports Exercise Science, a Sports Health & Fitness major can lead to many financially rewarding career opportunities in today’s society. Corporations, both public and private, and not-for-profit groups, are all promoting fitness and wellness programs. Qualified persons have opportunities in physical fitness, strength training, and cardiovascular fitness. The Sports Health & Fitness program requires 24 hours of course work (eight courses) and a mandatory nine semester-hour mentorship (450 clock hours).
The curriculum in the Department of Sports Management is designed to give students the core skills required of any manager to be successful in a sport setting. With specialized education at the graduate level in fields including facilities management, information technology, and front-office administration, students will be prepared for management and leadership positions in sports organizations at local, collegiate, and professional levels.
In the Sports Studies curriculum, a student works with an advisor to select courses from any department to build a concentration based on his/her own area of interest. This makes it possible for students to create a degree which is focused toward their specific goals in sport. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 33 semester hours, but students may take additional courses to explore the full scope of the role of sports in society.
Recreation and leisure are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. With hectic lives and busy careers, people are looking to escape on extended vacations to exclusive resorts or just take a weekend hike in the woods. Participation in recreational activities on a daily basis has a positive impact on physical and mental health. A master’s degree with a major in Recreation Management gives a student the knowledge and core skills needed by a recreation management professional to plan, organize, and administer recreation, leisure, and tourism programs, services, and activities. This is an evolving field with tremendous growth potential. Students who get into the field now will be the recreation leaders of the 21st century.
Current Emphasis Areas Available
- NCAA Compliance
- Personal Training
- Sports Psychology
- Sports Hospitality Management
NCAA Compliance is very broad and multifaceted. It is an important area about which sport administrators, coaches, and practitioners should be both familiar and knowledgeable. Prepare yourself by earning your Master’s degree in Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Studies or Sports Fitness with and Emphasis in NCAA Compliance. NCAA Compliance involves the study of the rules and regulations that govern collegiate athletics. This emphasis is designed to give students a baseline understanding of what institutions and athletes can do to ensure that athletics programs stay in compliance with collegiate regulations and the tools they use for the same.
To obtain the emphasis in NCAA Compliance, a Master’s degree student may take the following three courses in the non-thesis elective track:
SAM 523 NCAA Compliance (3 sem. hrs.)
This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) compliance issues. It will present an overview of rules, eligibility, bylaws, and practices and procedures of the NCAA. This course requires a class paper.
SAM 524 NCAA Rules and Procedures (3 sem. hrs.)
Examining and analyzing the bylaws, policies, and procedures of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is at the heart of this course. Students will be introduced to specific cases to develop a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the NCAA, what it is, and how it functions. This course requires a class paper.
SAM 592 Introduction to the Business of Sports Agents (3 sem. hrs.)
This course is designed to examine the role of the sports agent in the world of sports. An emphasis is placed on NCAA rules and state regulations surrounding recruitment by agents and the potential pitfalls an athlete could face. A thorough understanding of the sports agency profession is provided, including the techniques necessary to operate successfully in the profession. This course requires a final exam.
The emergence of the modern Olympics has led to an era of sport history that transcends sport. The gathering of athletes for this multi-sport competition has been used to promote world peace, international cooperation, education, and physical fitness for the past century. Prepare yourself by earning your Master’s degree in Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Studies, or Sports Fitness with an Emphasis in Olympism. The Olympism emphasis will allow the student to learn the historic, sociological, and administrative aspects of the Olympic movement.
To obtain the Emphasis in Olympism, a Master’s degree student will take the following three courses:
SAB 622 Structure and Function of the Olympic Games (3 sem. hrs.)
The structure and function of the Olympic movement, starting with the International Olympic Committee and moving through the national governing bodies to international sports associations, is the focus of this course. It emphasizes the unique characteristics of the Olympic Movement and various political, social, and economic impacts on the Games. This course requires a final exam.
SAB 651 Issues in the Olympic Movement (3 sem. hrs.)
The impact of contemporary issues on the Olympic Movement, whether they are governmental, intellectual, societal, cultural, political, or economic, is the focus of this course. Through selected readings, factors such as race, gender, religion, nationalism, drug use, commercialism, and violence and their influence on the Olympic Movement are taken into consideration. This course requires a class paper.
SAB 667 Olympism (3 sem. hrs.)
This course examines the growth and development of the modern Olympic Games through the eyes of their founder, Pierre de Coubertin. The International Olympic Committee has published selected writings by de Coubertin that include the search for a vision, the events leading up to the Olympic renewal, historical perspectives of the Olympics, the philosophical and educational dimensions of Olympism, and the Olympic Movement. International students may elect to take this course in place of SAM 786 Legal Aspects of Sports.
Traditionally, personal training has been associated with one trainer and one individual or client with the goal of improving his or her appearance or health: a simple and straightforward relationship. However, personal trainers are increasingly venturing into multiple areas of sport. Trainers are now expected to improve performance and reduce blood pressure for a client, while managing a training facility in addition to coaching a youth basketball team. Likewise, coaches and administrators are venturing into the personal training field in order to work one-on-one with athletes. By earning a Master’s degree in Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Studies, or Sports Health and Fitness with an emphasis in Personal Training, you will be able to study a specific area of sport while learning the fundamentals of personal training, allowing you to gain the skills necessary to work one-on-one with any population, from elite athletes to the elderly.
Fitness & Health majors and dual majors (ONLY) must substitute SAD 546 Seminar in Sports Medicine for SAD 556 Issues in Nutrition & Health in the Personal Training Emphasis. Students in other majors and dual majors will take SAD 556.
SAR 526 Personal Training (3 sem. hrs.)
This course will combine sports science and entrepreneurial principles toward the design and implementation of a personal training business. This course requires a final exam.
SAR 587 Management Strategies in Health and Fitness (3 sem. hrs.)
The study of the basic concepts, theories, and organization of management as applied to the field of health and fitness. Topics include organizational structure and function, program development and administration, human resource management, financial management, inventory control, information management, insurance issues, and legal considerations in health and fitness. This course requires a final exam.
SAD 556 Issues in Nutrition and Health (3 sem. hrs.)
This course covers the principles of sound nutrition as they relate to the athlete as well as to the average individual in our society. In addition, it covers physiological aspects: how nutrition affects the body in terms of optimal health. This course requires a final exam.
Human behavior is dynamic and complex. Therefore, it is important for sport administrators, coaches, and practitioners to gain knowledge regarding human behavior and elite performance. Prepare yourself by earning your Master’s degree in Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Studies, or Sports Fitness with an Emphasis in Sports Psychology. Sports Psychology entails the scientific study of human behavior in sport and exercise and the practical application of information in sport and exercise settings (Gill & Williams, 2008).
The M.S.S. degree with an Emphasis in Sports Psychology is designed for individuals who are interested in learning about the principles and theories associated with Sports Psychology and how individual characteristics and social situations interact to produce behavior in sport settings.
To obtain the Emphasis in Sports Psychology, a Master’s degree student will take the following courses:
SAB 563 Psychological Aspects of Sports Medicine or SAB 566 Psychological Aspects of Health and Fitness Programming
SAB 563 Psychological Aspects of Sports Medicine (3 sem. hrs.)
This course is a study of the psychological and sociological aspects of Sports Medicine. Emphasis will be given to the application of knowledge to the counseling of athletes coping with sports injuries and to the development of motivational strategies for rehabilitation and return to physical activity. This course requires a class paper.
SAB 566 Psychological Aspects of Health and Fitness Programming (3 sem. hrs.)
This course is a study of the psychological and sociological aspects of health and fitness programming and the application of this knowledge to the development of effective motivational and behavioral modification strategies. This course requires a class paper.
SAB 657 Psychology of Elite Performance (3 sem. hrs.)
This course examines the psychological factors that are most critical to elite sport performances. Special emphasis is focused on the physical, mental, and emotional variables related to optimal performance conditions. Theory and practice for athletes and coaches will be discussed. This course requires a final class paper/project.
SAB 659 Group Dynamics in Sports (3 sem. hrs.)
In depth study of the influence of teams on the individual performance and the influence of individuals on team performance in sport and exercise settings. Particular focus on interpersonal aspects such as cohesion and leadership. This course requires a class paper.
In addition, students who major in Sports Coaching are still required to take SAB 568 Sports Psychology as a major course.
Sports Hospitality Management
The travel industry is the world’s largest industry and the most international in nature. Specifically, monetary receipts have escalated above $1 trillion (USD) and over 1 billion individuals have traveled throughout this world (Kotler, Bowen, & Makens, 2010). Associated closely with the tourism and hospitality industry is the sport business industry. It has been estimated the sports business industry produces $400 billion (USD) globally per year (Sports Business Journal, 2010). Therefore, services and products available for individual consumption dictate the success of companies associated with sports hospitality management. From food service to marketing and management, and the accessibility of Internet commerce, mangers must be prepared to offer the highest quality of services and products to consumers in order for financial success to be achieved.
The M.S.S. degree with an Emphasis in Sports Hospitality Management is designed for individuals interested in gaining knowledge about sports hospitality management.
To obtain the Emphasis in Sports Hospitality Management, a Master’s degree student will take the following courses:
SAM 530 Food and Beverage Service Management for Sport Clubs (3 sem. hrs.)
The course covers the origin, production, storing, marketing, and control of food and beverages in the hospitality industry. Topics integral to the successful management of restaurant and food service organizations are also covered. This course requires a final exam.
SAM 534 Membership and Marketing for Sport Clubs (3 sem. hrs.)
This course reviews the study of marketing as it applies to the sports and leisure industry. It also examines the role of marketing in strategic planning. This course requires a class paper.
SAM 533 Sports Club Management (3 sem. hrs.)
This course covers the scope of club services, which includes personnel, small business operations, recruitment, leadership, and risk management. This course requires a class paper.
Recreation and leisure are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. With hectic lives and busy careers, people are looking to escape on extended vacations to exclusive resorts or even just a weekend hike or fishing trip. Participation in recreational activities on a daily basis have a positive impact on not just your physical health, but your mental health as well. Recreational activities allow you to relax and forget about the stresses of everyday life.
The M.S.S. degree with an Emphasis in Recreation Management is designed for individuals who are interested in the history, philosophy, and effects of recreation on our society, as well as potential careers in the field of Recreation Management.
To obtain the Emphasis in Recreation Management, a Master’s degree student will take the following courses:
SAM 535 Introduction to Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (3 sem. hrs.)
This is a survey of the concepts and issues related to leisure, parks, recreation, and tourism in American society. The effects of recreation and leisure on social, individual, and environmental aspects of our society will be examined. This course requires final exam.
SAM 536 Philosophy and History of Recreation and Leisure (3 sem. hrs.)
This course is designed to discuss philosophies and contemporary social issues concerning recreation and leisure. Also, the history of recreation and leisure will be discussed. This course requires a class paper.
SAM 537 Recreation Programming & Administration (3 sem. hrs.)
This course explores concepts and applications of effective recreational sport programming and administration. Information concerning careers in recreational sport management will be presented. This course requires a final exam.