May 17, 2024

NDSU launches online sport management master's program and athletic administration certificate


NDSU’s health, nutrition and exercise sciences department has launched a new master’s program and graduate certificate that will be offered to students starting in the fall.

The master of science in sport management program will be offered fully online. The program consists of 30 total credit hours. Nine credits of coursework make up the core that all students are required to take. The remaining 21 credits will be filled by elective courses. 

The program is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of the sport management discipline by applying theory and practice to the constantly evolving sport industry. Upon completion of the program, students will gain an understanding of sport management concepts and solve problems often found in sport management organizations, including at the professional, college and community levels.

The sport management master’s degree also will be offered as an accelerated program for students in NDSU’s sport management undergraduate program, as well as for undergraduate students enrolled in Valley City State University’s sport leadership and management program. In the accelerated program, students can work toward their degree in the third year of college. 

Additionally, an intercollegiate athletic administration (IAA) graduate certificate will be available starting in the fall. The fully online 12-credit certificate focuses on the growing area within sport management related to intercollegiate athletics. Students can work on the certificate in conjunction with the sport management master’s degree. 

The certificate will provide students with the knowledge on how to evaluate the diverse functions of intercollegiate athletics as part of the mission of higher education at a variety of institution types, as well as analyze current trends and social issues related to college athletics in the U.S. Upon completion of the certificate, students will have advanced knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to succeed in specialized areas within college athletic departments.

“The job market in the sport industry, at all levels, is getting more and more competitive. It’s important that students have the chance to continue their education and get an edge in the workplace,” said Joel White, NDSU assistant professor of practice in sport management. “Additionally, a completely online program allows those professionals currently working in sports to do something to make themselves more viable. And for those looking to work in college athletics, the IAA graduate certificate can help them get the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.”

The application is now open.

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