The Master of Science in sport and fitness administration provides advanced degree seeking students with a quality sport and fitness administration education. The program prepares students to assume leadership positions in various sport and fitness venues in both facility and personnel management and program development. Graduates are prepared to direct sport and fitness programs in the private and public sectors. The program consists of core courses that provide students with a background in programming, research design and analysis, and current issues and trends in sport and fitness. All students are required to complete a practicum experience in sport or fitness programming along with a research project or thesis. Electives may be selected to meet the needs of graduate candidate’s interest in sport or fitness programming. A maximum of six (6) semester hours of graduate work may be transferred from another accredited institution.
The Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Administration is designed to fill a unique niche. The degree’s focus is on the nonprofit sector of sport and fitness and relies upon the expertise of faculty from a wide range of academic disciplines. These disciplines include health, physical education, exercise science, and athletic administration. Graduates pursue careers in programming for environments such as campus recreation, YMCA/YWCAs, fitness centers, health and wellness centers, geriatric activity centers, and high/middle school athletics. This degree is not intended to be a physical education, sport management, or exercise science degree program. Students interested in physical education at the Master's level should explore the Master of Arts in Teaching at http://www.winthrop.edu/graduateschool/default.aspx?id=3615. Students interested in either exercise science or sport management at the Master's level should consider another institution, as Winthrop does not maintain a Master degree program in either discipline. In addition, the Master's program is not accredited through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).