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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sport and Recreation Leadership, Sport and Recreation Concentration, M.S.

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Sport and Recreation Concentration

Students who complete the Sport and Recreation concentration requirements will be prepared to work in all segments of the sport and recreation industry. Graduates of this concentration will find employment in areas such as high school and college coaching and athletic administration; professional and amateur sport associations; public, private, and non-profit agency administrators; parks and recreation agencies; and youth sports programs.

Sport and Recreation Requirements

Core Courses: 15 Credit Hours

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Sport and Recreation Leadership Program Requirements

Degree Requirements

  • Core Courses 15 Credit Hours
  • Concentration Specific Courses 18 Credit Hours

Core Courses

The core curriculum is required for both concentrations and is designed to weave the concepts of leadership through the five common core courses of the program. These core classes will be the platform from which students learn to navigate the various segments of the sport and recreation industry and their communities as leaders. The focus of this set of course work is to provide students with specific industry skill sets and knowledge in the areas of budget management, human resource management, staff training and development, gender equity, research, legal and ethical issues, risk management, teamwork, networking and project management. All of these areas are essential elements for the training and success of master’s level professionals in sport and recreation.

Total: 15 Credit Hours

Thesis Option

Students in both concentrations have the option of completing a thesis. The thesis option allows students to conduct scholarly research under the guidance of a thesis chair (selected by the student) and two committee members (selected by the student with chair approval). All committee members must be graduate faculty. One committee member may be a faculty member in a department outside Sport and Recreation Leadership. Any full-time graduate faculty member in the department is eligible to chair a thesis. Students will enroll in SRL 700  for two consecutive semesters upon completion of 18 credit hours. Before enrolling in SRL 700  students must get approval of their thesis proposal from all members of their committee as per the requirements of the Sport and Recreation Leadership program. Following approval, the thesis chair is responsible for guiding and directing the student through the research process. This includes submission of the thesis to the committee, final approval of the committee and submission to The Graduate School. Thesis students will participate in a defense with their committee. Following a successful defense, students will make recommended changes and submit the document to the thesis chair for final approval. Upon approval it will be submitted to the committee for signatures and then filed with The Graduate School.

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