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M.S. Recreation & Sport Administration

This program is designed to prepare professional Recreation and Sport Administration practitioners for a wide range of occupations. The following concentrations areas are available:

General (on-campus): The General concentration provides opportunity for study in a specialized area of recreation, knowledge of research procedures, and academic background for students planning to pursue doctoral study. To view the General concentration brochure click here.
 
Athletic Administration & Coaching (online): The Athletic Administration and Coaching concentration provides an opportunity for persons interested in Interscholastic (K-12) Athletic Administration and Coaching to gain knowledge, research and experience in this dynamic area.
 
Athletic Training (online): The Athletic Training concentration is designed to build upon your undergraduate degree and further advance your skills.  The program will not only focus on advanced athletic training philosophies and practical knowledge beyond that of an entry-level program, but it will also provide you with extensive application in the field of sport administration.  Applicants must be NATA/BOC certified or eligible for certification.
 
Facility & Event Management (online): Numerous professional organizations emphasize trainings and certifications in facility and event management for their members. These offerings can include aquatic management, crowd control, playground safety, accessibility, risk management, construction standards, turf management, emergency action planning, green design and sustainability, and many more. 
We also offer a 12 hour Graduate Certificate in Facility and Event Management. For more information, please click here.
 
Intercollegiate Athletic Administration:  This application-based program prepares you for work in intercollegiate athletics and will provide you the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through an advanced curriculum. This 33-credit hour program is designed for students interested in careers in collegiate athletic administration such as, athletic directors, compliance and eligibility, student athlete development, finance and many other administrative roles. 
 
Sport Media and Branding (online): Turn your passion for sports, innovative technology and business into a fantastic career. Sport media plays a pivotal role in the production and distribution of messages and brands that touch many aspects of our social and cultural lives. WKU's 100% online Master of Science in Recreation & Sport Administration with a concentration in Sport Media and Branding allows graduate students to explore the context and complexities of 1) sport media relations, 2) sport branding, 3) digital media production and distribution, and 4) sport sponsorships.
 
 

 

M.S. Kinesiology

The M.S. in Kinesiology program has three concentrations: Exercise Physiology, Corporate Health Management, and Fitness Management. The Exercise Physiology concentration is offered on campus and includes lecture classes, seminars, and laboratory experience. The Corporate Health Management and Fitness Management concentrations will be launched in Fall 2013 and both will be offered online. The core courses that are common to each of the three programs will be offered in the format appropriate to the specific concentration, i.e. core courses for exercise physiology students will be offered on campus, while the core courses for each of the online concentrations will also be offered online for those students.
 

 

 

M.S. in Kinesiology: Physical Education Teacher Leader Endorsement Concentration

The Physical Education Teacher Leader concentration focuses on teaching and meeting the Kentucky Teacher Requirements for Advanced Teaching Standards. The other three concentrations were not designed to lead to rank change for Kentucky teachers.  The Physical Education Teacher Leader Concentration is designed to develop Teacher Leaders who can positively impact student learning in their classrooms and schools. The program is divided into two instructional components. The first component, Professional Education, provides advanced level pedagogy, leadership, and content related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and applicable to all
P-12 teachers working in various developmental and content areas. The second component is the specialization that allows the candidate to expand content, pedagogy, and/or leadership skills. This specialization allows for professional growth concurrent
with the goals of each candidate.
 
 

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

The online graduate certificate in Nonprofit Administration (12 credit hours) helps prepare students for careers in, and service to, the nonprofit sector. Designed with national curricular guidelines in mind, the focused program addresses current issues and skills relevant to the nonprofit sector. The three primary audiences for this program include: 1) Nonprofit professionals interested in continuing their education; 2) Students preparing for careers in the nonprofit sector; and 3) Community members interested in increasing their abilities to serve the nonprofit sector (e.g., board of directors, committees). It is designed to be completed in just two academic terms, but can be completed more slowly if necessary.
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