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

Program Description

Plan of study

Frequently asked questions

Graduate faculty information

Admission requirements

Tuition and Fees

Contact information



Program Description:

The online Leadership in Physical Education and Sport graduate option prepares physical education teachers, sport coaches, and sport leaders who wish to extend their content, pedagogical, and leadership knowledge for improved professional practice in physical education, coaching, and sport settings. Course work is designed to prepare physical educators and coaches to be leaders of, and advocates for quality physical education and sport or recreation programs.  The 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 profession.

The degree prepares students to be master teachers, head coaches, department heads, and activities directors at the interscholastic level; assistant coaches, lecturers, and assistant 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 professional teaching and coaching skills, acquire self-assessment skills, and develop supervision and leadership competencies. 

The entire curriculum for this program is presented on-line via distance learning. The on-line approach features course content presented in Blackboard as well as readings from selected textbooks and journals.  Additionally, BB Collaborate, chat room sessions, and e-mail discussions of current topics and issues will be used throughout the program. 

This mode of delivery provides students with the flexibility to complete course assignments and activities within their individual settings at a time when their job duties and responsibilities allow them to focus on the course work. 

The courses in this program have been specifically designed to inform 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 professionals in order that they can apply knowledge gained to their individual 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 may require projects or field experiences related to observing, assessing, or teaching/coaching in K-12 or university settings. There is no required course sequence.  Each individual student’s program is developed in consultation with an assigned graduate advisor.  


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Plan of Study

Other courses you might consider:


Fall - even year          Spring - odd year         Summer - odd year               
HNES 707                    HNES 701                      HNES 711
HNES 704                    HNES 714                      HNES 715
HNES 700                    HNES 717                      HNES 708

Fall - odd year            Spring - even year      Summer - even year                 
HNES 705                    HNES 712                     HNES 721       
HNES 700                    HNES 706                     HNES 709
HNES 736                    HNES 716                     HNES 731 


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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

*Enrollment in this degree is limited to 32 students.  The review of applicants is ongoing and continues until all available slots are filled.  Students should indicate on their application if they desire to begin their course work during fall, spring or summer semester.

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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.)
    • A 3.0 is needed to be considered for full acceptance into the LPES program.  Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will be considered for conditional acceptance and will have to complete 6 graduate credit hours with grades of at least B to be considered for full standing. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee automatic acceptance.

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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