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Master of Science in Sport Studies & Athletic Administration

The Master of Science in Sport Studies and Athletic Admin¬istration provides a strong foundation in research methodology, sports administration, management, and finances. Through quality instruction and educational experiences, graduates of this program will be able to move into positions in athletic administration; facilities management; sports event planning; and coaching.

Statement of Objectives

Consistent with Southeastern’s mission and regional focus, the Mission of the School of Graduate Studies, and the Mission of the Master of Science in Sport Studies and Athletic Administration, the objectives for the Master of Science in Sport Studies and Athletic Administration are to:
1. Prepare candidates for administrative responsibilities in athletics, including sports management, finances, and fund raising.
2. Introduce candidates to research methodology in athletics and sport science.
3. Enhance the understanding of facilities management and event planning.
4. Familiarize candidates with contemporary issues and legal aspects of physical education and sports management.
5. Enhance understanding of coaching theory and strategies.
6. Integrate the most current knowledge of strength training, sports conditioning, and sports nutrition into athletic programs.

Course Requirements

Required Core Courses……………………………….9 hours
HPER 5053 Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Sports
HPER 5103 Administration of Athletics
HPER 5603 Legal Aspects

Suggested Elective Courses………………………24 hours
HPER 5003 Sport and Society
HPER 5113 Sport Management, Finances, and Fund Raising
HPER 5123 Facility Planning and Event Management
HPER 5303 Contemporary Issues
HPER 5753 Sport Nutrition
HPER 5843 Advanced Development of Strength and Conditioning Programs
HPER 5853 Biomechanics of Sport Techniques
HPER 5863 Skills, Techniques, and Strategies for Coaching
HPER 5873 Advanced Care And Treatment of Athletic Injuries
HPER 5903 Advanced Theory of Coaching Football
HPER 5953 Advanced Theory of Coaching Basketball

Note: Other courses may be selected at the discretion of the department’s Graduate Committee.

TOTAL………………………………………………………33 hours

Admission Requirements:

Two-step Process:
Step One: Graduate School Admission
Applicant must meet entrance requirements for the SE Graduate School.
Step Two: Master of Science Program Admission
Candidate must pass a Writing Sample.

The Writing Sample

Every candidate who seeks a Master of Science degree in Sport Studies and Athletic Administration is required to take and pass the Writing Sample as a requirement for admission to this graduate study. The Writing Sample must be attempted prior to the end of the first semester of enrollment. This examination is arranged through the department’s Graduate Coordinator. The Writing Sample requires the candidate to select a writing prompt from a provided list and then write a response of at least 200 words, addressing the prompt within a 90 minute time limit. The prompts are related to general educational issues or current events.
If a second attempt is required, it must be taken prior to the end of the second semester and will require the candidate to write to a different prompt than used for the first attempt. The second attempt is scheduled with the department’s Gradu¬ate Coordinator. If the second attempt is unsuccessful, the candidate must schedule to make a third attempt in the next semester. The third attempt must be scheduled with the depart¬ment’s Graduate Coordinator. A copy of the Writing Sample Application, details about the Writing Sample examination, and the rubric utilized in scoring the Writing Sample are available in the office of the department’s Graduate Coordinator.

The Comprehensive Examination

Candidates for the Master of Science degree in Sport Studies and Athletic Administration must perform satisfactorily on a Comprehensive Examination administered during the last semester of coursework. A copy of the Application for the Comprehensive Examination and a detailed description of the Comprehensive Examination are available in the office of the department’s Graduate Coordinator.

Graduation Requirements

1. Complete an approved program of courses in the M.S. in Sport Studies and Athletic Administration.
2. Possess a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all graduate work on the plan of study.
3. Achieve a passing score on the Writing Sample.
4. Request a degree check prior to the semester of graduation.
5. Apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester of expected graduation in the Graduate Office (A307).
6. Achieve a passing score on the Comprehensive Examination.