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M.S. in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science: Leadership in Physical Education and Sport option

Program Description

Sample plan of study

Frequently asked questions

Graduate faculty information

Admission requirements

Tuition and Fees

Contact information



Program Description:

The online M.S. in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science: Leadership in Physical Education and Sport option prepares physical education teachers and individuals in coaching positions who wish to extend their content, teaching, and leadership knowledge for improved professional practice in physical education and coaching. Course work is designed to prepare physical education teachers and individuals in coaching positions to be leaders of, and advocates for quality physical education and sport programs. 

The leadership in physical education and sport program emphasizes academic excellence, the pursuit of knowledge, the development of critical and analytical abilities, and the application of theory into practice so students will assume positions of leadership within the sports profession. The online M.S. in HNES: Leadership in Physical Education and Sport degree prepares students to be a master physical education teacher,  a head coach, physical education department head, and an activity director at the middle and high school level; assistant coaches, lecturers, and assistant athletic directors or lead directors at the intercollegiate level; and to become actively engaged in leadership roles within professional organizations.  In essence, this degree is designed for those individuals who wish to improve and expand their physical education teaching and coaching skills, acquire self-assessment skills, and develop supervision and sports leadership competencies. 

The entire curriculum for this program will be presented online via distance learning modes. The online approach features course content presented in the Blackboard learning management system as well as readings from selected textbooks and journals.  Additionally, Blackboard Collaborate, chat room sessions, and email discussions of current topics and issues will be used throughout the leadership in physical education and sport program. 

The online mode of delivery provides students with the flexibility to complete course assignments and activities within their individual settings at a time when their physical education job duties, coaching responsibilities, and personal obligations allow them to focus on the course work. 

The courses in the leadership in physical education and sport program have been specifically designed to inform physical education teachers and coaches about best practices in contemporary teaching, coaching, and leadership. The underpinning philosophy requires that course assignments be mainly case study, project based, and relevant to practicing physical education teachers and coaches in order that they can apply knowledge gained to their individual teaching or coaching settings or other appropriate contexts.  This does not mean that some courses will not have exams.  Most courses will use a project-based format where students read and discuss content online and then apply what they have learned in authentic action projects that are shared online with others.  Some courses require projects or field experiences related to observing, assessing, or teaching/coaching in K-12 or university settings. 


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Sample Plan of Study

There is no required course sequence for the online leadership in physical education and sport program.  Each individual student’s program is developed in consultation with an assigned graduate advisor. Please note: When registering for these online classes in Campus Connection, be sure to look for the "Distance and Continuing Education" location code.  Otherwise, you will be charged according to your resident status.  View our FAQ regarding identifying Distance and Continuing Education classes

Required Core Courses:

Choose one of the following:

Total Credits: 30


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Frequently Asked Questions

How competitive is the admission process for this program?

The online M.S. in HNES: Leadership in Physical Education and Sport is currently accepting applications for the program; however, this program is nearing its capacity for accepting students. If you are unable to be fully admitted to the program you may consider enrolling as a non-degree seeking student.  Non-degree students can take up to 10 credits prior to being accepted into the program.  As long as the classes you choose are part of the required courses they should transfer into the full program. If you are interested in this program consider applying for full admission as soon as possible. 

Does this program prepare me for a career in sports management?

This program is not a sports management master's program; however, elements of sports management are addressed in this program.  This program educates individuals who want to become head coaches, master physical education teachers, high school athletic directors or assistant athletic directors, athletic department head, or collegiate-level assistant coaches. 

Can I use the credits for this program for licensure renewal or pay scale increases?

We encourage you to check with your licensing agency or school district prior to enrolling in these courses to ensure they will be accepted for licensure renewal or pay scale increases. It often depends on your license type and how flexible your school district is. 


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Graduate Faculty

For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the M.S. in Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science in Leadership: Physical Education and Sport option bulletin page.


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Apply for admission
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Admission requirements for the online leadership in physical education and sport degree are as follows:

  1. Cumulative baccalaureate GPS of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Undergraduate degree in the field of Kinesiology (physical education, sport management, coaching, etc.)

For current admission requirements, visit the M.S. in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science: Leadership in Physical Education and Sport option bulletin page.


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Contact Information

NDSU Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences
Phone: 701-231-9718
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Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/hnes/leadership_in_physical_education_and_sport

NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-7033
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Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/


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