Graduate Certificates

This 36-credit, 12-course program focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of the various components relative to the administration and management of sports personnel and facilities, recreation and fitness programs and businesses, health facilities, coaching, and recreational activities in both volunteer and paid positions. There will also be a strong emphasis on leadership throughout the program. Students must complete five required courses.

Required courses:

  • MSA 6701*  Legal Issues in the Domestic and International Sports Industry
  • MSA 6702*  Sports Administration Research and Policy Analysis
  • MSA 6703*  Financial Administration in Sports
  • MSA 6704♦ Internship I or Independent Job Related Project (This course meets the required course                             for each certificate in the program. It cannot be taken until students complete at                             least 9-credits, 3 courses in the program.)
  • MSA 6705*  Strategic Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (Capstone Course – after completion of at least 27 credits)

There are three areas of specialization, and students must complete five courses in an area of specialization and the required Internship (MSA 6704) to be awarded a certificate in that area. The areas of specialization are:

Sports Administration

This 18-credit, 6-course certificate focuses on the skills required for a career in the administration of professional and amateur sports. This course of study can lead to employment in areas such as sports organizations, regulatory agencies, private and or public facilities, and athletic departments at the college and university level, as well as related areas.

Required Course:

MSA 6704 - Internship I or Independent Job Related Project (This course meets the required course for each certificate in the program. It cannot be taken until students complete at least 9-credits, 3 courses in the program.)

Choose any five of the following courses:

  • MSA 6601*  Organizational Leadership and Team Development
  • MSA 6602*  Facility Development, Administration and Programming
  • MSA 6603*  Sports Marketing and Promotions
  • MSA 6604*  Sports in a Social Context
  • MSA 6605    Legal and Professional Ethics in Sports
  • MSA 6606*  Group Dynamics
  • MSA 6607*  Human Resource Administration in Sports Organizations
  • MSA 6608*  Sports Risk Assessment
  • MSA 6609*  Communications and Media Relations
  • MSA 6610*  Strategies in Fund Raising and Development

Coaching Theory and Strategies

This 18-credit, 6-course certificate is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge to address coaching at all levels of sports. Coaching methodology, nutrition, conditioning, human performance, and team administration are areas studied in the program.

Required Course:

MSA 6704 - Internship I or Independent Job Related Project (This course meets the required course for each certificate in the program. It cannot be taken until students complete at least 9-credits, 3 courses in the program.)

Choose any five of the following courses:

  • MSA 6605   Legal and Professional Ethics in Sports
  • MSA 6608*  Sports Risk Assessment
  • MSA 6611*  Coaching Leadership
  • MSA 6612   Coaching Theory Methods and Issues
  • MSA 6613*  Coaching Psychology
  • MSA 6614*  Assessing Human Performance
  • MSA 6615*  Effective Team Administration
  • MSA 6633*  Weight Training & Conditioning

Electives:

Students may also select up to two electives from the list of electives below:

  • MSA 6624   Organization and Administration of Sports
  • MSA 6625   Physiological Basis of Physical Fitness
  • MSA 6626* Nutrition for Sports and Fitness
  • MSA 6628*  Valuing Diversity
  • MSA 6629*  Motivation and Performance
  • MSA 6630   Global Sports
  • MSA 6634*  Sports Security
  • MSA 6635*  Events Planning and Administration
  • MSA 6636   Internship

* Also available in online modality

♦ MSA 6704 – Mandatory for all certificates