Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Administration


The Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Administration (SPFA) program is designed to fill a unique niche. Students will acquire knowledge and abilities related to the effective administration and ethical leadership of private and public sport and fitness facilities and programs including the management of programs, personnel, and facilities.

 

Graduate Program Advisor:
Dr. Lauren McCoy Coffey
coffeyl@winthrop.edu 
803/323-4958


Why Winthrop?

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Graduate Assistantships

Students have the opportunity to work in their department and around campus as graduate assistants and associates.

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Rankings

The Princeton Review named Winthrop among the “Best in the Southeast”, and U.S. News & World Report named Winthrop in the top 20 Best Regional Universities South.

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Travel Support

Travel support is available for graduate student presentations or performances.


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      Graduates will acquire knowledge and abilities related to the effective administration and ethical leadership of private and public sport and fitness facilities and programs including the management of programs, personnel, and facilities.


      Time to completion: 2 years

      Total Credits: 36

      Format: Campus-based

      Curriculum (SPFA - Fitness Administration Track)

      Winthrop University’s online Sport and Fitness Administration program feature the same curricula and are taught by many of the same faculty as our on-campus programs. You benefit from the flexibility and convenience of being able to access your courses from any device.


      Time to completion: 2 years

      Total Credits: 36

      Format: 100% Online

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      Master of Education in Sport and Fitness Administration Application Deadline (all concentrations): July 15 for fall admission

      Application requirements for the SPFA Fitness Administration Track include:

      • The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee.
      • Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). 
      • Personal Statement Essay - Statements should elaborate on the applicant's educational background, professional and volunteer experiences, and qualifications for the program. Applicants should also speak to why they believe Winthrop University's MS in Sport and Fitness Administration (SPFA) program is the right program for them and the goals they hope to achieve if accepted into the program. Essays should not exceed 500 words.
      • Resume or CV- Document should be no more than two pages and should include any sport or fitness-related work history.
      • Two recommendations using Winthrop's recommendation form.
      • Have an undergraduate degree minimum GPA of a 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale. GPAs below 3.0 can be considered based on an applicant’s GPA in related course content. 

      For a list of admission requirements or to apply for the online SPFA Sport Management Track, visit our online admissions page

 


Beyond Graduation

"I chose Winthrop as an undergraduate because the campus felt so inviting. It’s beautiful and the WU community is very welcoming and helpful to young students who may have never been away from home. I chose to stay at Winthrop to complete the SPFA program because I was confident I would learn skills that would transfer into my future career."

 

Our SPFA program will help graduates become leaders in the promotion of sport and fitness within the workplace and in the community. In addition, the program prepares you for a variety of advanced career goals.

  • Athletic Director
  • Facility/Event Management
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Marketing Coaching
  • Facility management
  • Player Agent
  • Personal/Athletic Training


 

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