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M.S. in Sport Science

The Master of Science degree in Sport Science is designed to meet the needs of students from nonteaching professions, as well as from the teaching profession. The program is discipline-specific with provision for students to choose from among different academic tracks: Sport Management, Exercise Science, and Sport Studies.

According to their selected program of study, students are prepared for a variety of competitive employment opportunities, including management and administration of sport and athletic programs, corporate and community health and fitness facilities, hospital and medical-based exercise programs, and recreational programs in school and community settings.

Admission Criteria

To be admitted to the Health and Physical Education Department, the applicant must have completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and fulfill the general requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research for a master’s degree. A minimum TOEFL score of 540 (paper-based) which converts to a computer-based score of 193 is necessary for international students.

Program Requirements

Sport Management Track

I. Thesis Track

A. Core Courses (12 cr.)
HPED 601 Sport and Society 3 cr.
HPED 603 Physiological Basis of Sport 3 cr.
HPED 634 Current Literature in Health, Fitness, and Sport 3 cr.
HPED 640 Research Methods for Health, Sport, and Physical Activity 3 cr.
B. Required Courses (18 cr.)
HPED 635 Sport Management 3 cr.
HPED 637 Sport Facilities Management 3 cr.
HPED 652 Sport Business 3 cr.
HPED 795 Thesis 3 cr.
BTST 670 Organizational Communications 3 cr.
ELR/HSAD 631 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector 3 cr.

Total 30 cr.

II. Non-Thesis Track

A. Core Courses (12 cr.)
HPED 601 Sport and Society 3 cr.
HPED 603 Physiological Basis of Sport 3 cr.
HPED 634 Current Literature in Health, Fitness, and Sport 3 cr.
HPED 640 Research Methods for Health, Sport, and Physical Activity 3 cr.
B. Required Courses (18 cr.)
HPED 635 Sport Management 3 cr.
HPED 637 Sport Facilities Management 3 cr.
HPED 652 Sport Business 3 cr.
HPED 698 Internship 3 cr.
BTST 670 Organizational Communications 3 cr.
ELR /HSAD 631 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector 3 cr.
C. Elective Courses (6 cr.)
HPED 512 Physical Activity and Stress Management 3 cr.
HPED 513 Physical Activity and Aging 3 cr.
HPED 602 Sport Psychology 3 cr.
HPED 610 Coaching Management 3 cr.
HPED 680 Seminar 3 cr.
ELR /HSAD 610 Employee Rights under Law 3 cr.
ELR 615 Dispute Settlement 3 cr.
ELR 625 Collective Bargaining 3 cr.
ELR 640 Negotiations 3 cr.
ELR/HSAD 751 Conflict Resolution 3 cr.
MGMT 613 Organizational Analysis 3 cr.

Students may select another graduate-level elective with advisor permission.

Total 36 cr.

Exercise Science Track

I. Thesis Track

A. Core Courses (12 cr.)
HPED 601 Sport and Society 3 cr.
HPED 603 Physiological Basis of Sport 3 cr.
HPED 634 Current Literature in Health, Fitness, and Sport 3 cr.
HPED 640 Research Methods for Health, Sport, and Physical Activity 3 cr.
B. Required Courses (18 cr.)
HPED 512 Physical Activity and Stress Management 3 cr.
HPED 620 Exercise Prescription for Chronic Diseases 3 cr.
HPED 625 Management Concepts in Fitness 3 cr.
HPED 632 Assessment of Human Physiological Functions 3 cr.
HPED 672 Epidemiology of Physical Activity 3 cr.
HPED 795 Thesis 3 cr.

Total 30 cr.

II. Non-Thesis Track

A. Core Courses (12 cr.)
HPED 601 Sport and Society 3 cr.
HPED 603 Physiological Basis of Sport 3 cr.
HPED 634 Current Literature in Health, Fitness, and Sport 3 cr.
HPED 640 Research Methods for Health, Sport, and Physical Activity 3 cr.
B. Required Courses (18 cr.)
HPED 512 Physical Activity and Stress Management 3 cr.
HPED 620 Exercise Prescription for Chronic Diseases 3 cr.
HPED 625 Management Concepts in Fitness 3 cr.
HPED 632 Assessment of Human Physiological Functions 3 cr.
HPED 672 Epidemiology of Physical Activity 3 cr.
HPED 698 Internship 3 cr.
C. Elective Courses (6 cr.)
HPED 510 Exercise Prescription 3 cr.
HPED 513 Physical Activity and Aging 3 cr.
HPED 602 Sport Psychology 3 cr.
HPED 631 Motor Learning 3 cr.
HPED 633 Kinesiological Principles 3 cr.
HPED 680 Seminar 3 cr.

Students may select another graduate-level elective with advisor permission.

Total 36 cr.  

Sport Studies Track

I. Thesis Degree Track

A. Core Courses (12 cr.)
HPED 601 Sport and Society 3 cr.
HPED 603 Physiological Basis of Sport 3 cr.
HPED 634 Current Literature in Health, Fitness, and Sport 3 cr.
HPED 640 Research Methods for Health, Sport, and Physical Activity 3 cr.
B. Required Course (3 cr.)
HPED 795 Thesis 3 cr.
C. Elective Courses (15 cr.)

Students may select graduate-level electives with advisor permission. Nine (9) credits must be HPED graduate-level courses.

Total 30 cr.

II. Non-Thesis Track

A. Core Courses (12 cr.)
HPED 601 Sport and Society 3 cr.
HPED 603 Physiological Basis of Sport 3 cr.
HPED 634 Current Literature in Sport 3 cr.
HPED 640 Research Methods for Health, Sport, and Physical Activty 3 cr.
B. Elective Courses (24 cr.)

Students may select graduate-level electives with advisor permission. Twelve credits must be HPED graduate-level courses.

Total 36 cr.

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