Master of Sports Science
The Academy offers a 33 semester-hour program leading to a Master of Sports Science (MSS) degree. Students may also pursue a combination of any of the master’s degree areas leading to a dual major, for a total of 42 to 45 semester-hours depending upon the area of study.
Academy courses are offered online so that students can conveniently take courses at anytime and from anywhere. Students can also enroll and start their studies anytime.
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-track options are:
- Thesis Option (student will be enrolled in the Master’s Portfolio).
- 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 their 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 their 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 with 33 semester hours in the following majors:
- Sports Coaching
- Sports Health and Fitness
- Sports Management
- Sports Studies
Students may take a dual-major by combining any two majors, which require between 42 and 45 semester hours, depending upon the combination.
The graduate curriculum in sports coaching prepares students for sports coaching careers at a variety of levels of competition. The program is designed for each student to focus on the demands involved in the leadership and operation of individual and team sports.
Students will develop their own coaching philosophy and focus in areas such as Sports Psychology, Sports Coaching Methodology, and Strength & Conditioning. Students in this area of study may choose to complete a mentorship, thesis, or non-thesis elective track to create a degree that focuses toward their area of interest in the sports world.
Sports Health and Fitness
The graduate curriculum in sports fitness prepares students for careers in either managing a corporate, private, public or hospital-based fitness center or in a direct service fitness-science field. The program also examines various issues in health: from basic nutrition to physical conditions concerned with various diseased-stated populations. Students enrolled in this program will be required (unless otherwise noted) to complete a mentorship within the Sports Health and Fitness industry. This mentorship allows students to gain practical experience and use the skills that they have acquired in their course curriculum.
Prospective students may want to consider enrolling in the Dual Master’s degree program in Sports Medicine-Health and Fitness. With this 42 semester hour dual program, students enlarge their scope of practice and opportunities. Students attain the injury management background and the sport fitness background to condition and train athletes for performance and health & wellness.
The graduate curriculum in sports management is designed to prepare students for careers of leadership in the field of sport and recreational management.
During the course of study, sports management students gain expertise for multi-faceted sports careers in the fields of facilities management, information technology, front office administration and community recreation. The program provides students the opportunity to garner knowledge and develop skills through coursework and mentorship experience within the sport industry.
The Sport Management program has received program approval/accreditation through the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). The Academy’s program is one of a small group of academic programs nationally that have received this program approval.
Besides completing the core courses, which are standard for all academic programs, the sports studies program allows students to the select their own courses in accordance with their area of interest. This makes it possible for students to create a degree that is focused toward their specific goals in sport.
Students will select courses for their major area of study from the departments of Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Fitness and Health, or Sports Medicine. Selections can be made from any combination of 500 or 600 level graduate courses to develop a personalized course of study based upon the needs of each student. In the sports studies curriculum, a student works with an advisor to select courses from any department of their choosing to help build a concentration in their area of interest.
Current Emphasis Areas Available
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.