Graduate School Pathways


The number of credits and courses required for admission into specific “Professional Preparation” areas can vary and will depend on the specific graduate program the student is working toward. Each profession and graduate program can have different required undergraduate courses. Your academic and faculty advisors will assist you with choosing the correct classes each semester so that you are ready to apply to the graduate program of your choice. To be sure that you are taking the correct list of elective courses, students are encouraged to identify the specific program(s) into which they would like to apply.

Sport Coaching (MS)

Sport Coaching advances one’s knowledge, skills, and philosophies of practicing sport coaches. Areas of study typically include mental preparation and performance in sport, nutrition and conditioning for athletes, sport ethics, skill development and analysis, administration, and critical reflection.

Sport Management (MS)

Sport management involves any combination of skills related to planning, organizing, directing, controlling, budgeting, leading, and evaluating within the context of an organization or department whose primary product or service is related to sport or physical activity

Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology (MS)

Exercise physiology is a discipline which studies the body's responses to physical activity as well as how the body adapts to physical activity over time. Exercise physiologists are responsible for conditioning clients to higher levels of physical fitness and improved health, while staying tuned into safety issues that can be associated with single session exercise.

Kinesiology (MS)

Kinesiology focuses on the biological, developmental, social and behavioral bases of physical activity, recreation, sport and human performance. People with degrees in kinesiology typically specialize in one of several fields, including exercise physiology; sport and exercise psychology; motor behavior and control; history and philosophy of sport and exercise; biomechanics; sports and exercise sociology; physical education; recreation and leisure studies; and ergonomics.

Data Analytics (MS)

Data analytics is the process of examining data sets to draw conclusions about the information they contain, increasingly with the aid of specialized systems and software. Data analysis establishes the goal of discovering useful material, supporting conclusions and decision-making within the sports industry. 

Sport and Exercise Psychology (MS)

The Sport and Exercise Psychology master's program focuses on the study of how psychological training and wellness are critical components to an athlete's success. The program combines research and real-life practice to train future sport psychology professionals and represents the science-practice model of psychology.