Sport Management
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A graduate certificate ( not a teacher certification program) in sport management is also available for non-degree students who wish to specialize in the area of sport management. This certificate prepares individuals to apply business, coaching and physical education principles to the organization, administration and management of athletic programs and teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities and health clubs, sport recreation services, and related services.  Upon satisfactorily completing the requirements of the graduate certificate (comprehensive examination not required for graduate certificate), an entry will be made on the student’s transcript.  A student who completes the graduate certificate in sport management may apply the 15 hours credit toward the MA with a major in liberal studies or the MPA with a concentration in sport management.  All course work for the MA and MPA, including the sport management course work, must be completed within six years.

Required Application Materials

Applicants for the graduate certificate in sport management must submit all the following documentation to the College of Graduate Studies, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602 to be considered for admission:
  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Non-refundable $30.00 application processing fee
  3. Official transcripts from the postsecondary institutions awarding the bachelor’s degree. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University.)
  4. If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report, an IELTS score report or a PTE score report).

Required Sport Management Courses for a Graduate Certificate in Sport Management

The student must complete the 15-16 semester hours of
required sport management concentration courses listed below:

    ED 500    Introduction to Graduate Education and Technology (1)
(Discipline specific section required first semester of enrollment)
HPE 525 Current Issues and Trends in Athletics (3)
HPE 540 Law and Ethics in Physical Education and Sport Management (3)
HPE 568 Administration of Athletics (3)
Choose two courses from the four courses listed below:
HPE 563 Sport Finance(3)
HPE 564 Human Resources Management in Sport (3)
HPE 566 Public and Media Relations in Sport (3)
HPE 567 Sport Facility Administration and Design (3)
HPE 576 Sport Marketing (3)
HPE 586 Sport Promotion and Event Planning (3)

15-16* Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Program

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Course descriptions for the sport management (ED and HPE) concentration courses are provided in the Education section of this Bulletin.



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