Sport Management, M.S.

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College of Business and Management

Department of Sport Management / Zimbar-Liljenstein Hall

570-422-3495

www.esu.edu/smgt

mcameron@po-box.esu.edu

Faculty

Graduate Coordinator:

Robert P. Fleischman, J.D., Ed.D., bfleischman@po-box.esu.edu

Professors:

Robert P. Fleischman, J.D., Ed.D., bfleischman@po-box.esu.edu

Frank M. Pullo, Ed.D., chair, fpullo@po-box.esu.edu

Associate Professor:

Jerome W. Sheska, M.Ed., jsheska@po-box.esu.edu

Paula M. Parker, Ed.D., pparker@po-box.esu.edu

Assistant Professor:

Jaedock Lee, Ph.D., jlee@po-box.esu.edu

Master of Science in Sport Management

  • 34 credits

    Purpose of Degree

    The purpose of the Master of Science degree in Sport Management is to offer graduate level instruction based in theory while providing opportunities to apply competencies to practical settings. This program will enhance the management skills and decision-making abilities of the participants in the program at a cost commensurate with graduate level public education, and significantly lower on a cost-per-credit basis than private graduate level education.

    The Master of Science degree program in Sport Management offers curriculum to prepare students for professional careers in the sport management industry. Students who successfully complete the program pursue career interests that may range from athletic administration in public and private schools, colleges, and universities, to the private sector, including sport clubs and professional athletics. This program requires an on-site internship of at least seven credit hours and the successful completion of the Sport Management Comprehensive Examination.

    Outcome Expectations of Students and Degree Completion

    This program is structured in accordance with emerging National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Guidelines.

    Specifically, students graduating from the Master of Science Degree program in Sport Management will be able to:

    1. Apply content knowledge of the professions of sport management and business management to an internship experience.
    2. Prior to the beginning of their internship experience, apply knowledge of the sport management profession and demonstrate the appropriate skills of the sport management profession.
    3. Demonstrate competencies associated with the contemporary field of sport management (e.g., ability to perform the various management functions.)

    Mission Statement of the Program

    The Master of Science Degree program with a major in sport management provides students with the foundation of professional preparation in sport management within an academic mission that offers high quality programs and prepares graduates to enter a complex, changing global world with competence and confidence. The area of study is consistent with the North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM) review protocol.

    Program of Study

    Student Qualifications • Undergraduate Prerequisites Support • Advisement

    Students should possess a common body of knowledge essential for successful advanced study in sport management. This body of knowledge typically includes undergraduate coursework or life experience contributing to a foundation of knowledge in the following areas: sport studies; health and physical education; and hotel and tourism.

    Typical time to finish:

    Students enrolling in the program on a full-time basis will have an opportunity to complete the required coursework within a full academic year and, depending on their internship and other program requirements, will typically complete all degree requirements in three full semesters.

    Illustrative Plan of Study

    All graduate students pursuing a Master of Science degree with a Major in Sport Management will complete the following coursework (minimum 34 total credits required):

    The minimum course requirements are as follows:

    Required core courses

    27 credits coursework, 7-10 credits internship:

    SMGT 513

    Evaluation in the Teaching-Learning Process in Health and Physical Education

    SMGT 519

    Sport and Society

    SMGT 523

    Administration: Physical Education and Sport Programs

    SMGT 546

    Planning and Management of Sports Facilities

    SMGT 547

    Sports Business and Finance

    SMGT 548

    Sports Marketing

    SMGT 549

    Sports and the Law

    SMGT 550

    Sport Personnel Management

    SMGT 570

    Introduction to Research

    SMGT 586

    Field Experience and Internship (7-10 semester hours arranged)

    Elective courses

    Students may choose the following elective coursework:

    SMGT 551

    Application of Computers to Sports Management

    SMGT 553

    Ethical Issues in Sports Management

    SMGT 559

    Public Relations in Sport Management

    Final graduation requirement

    Students are required to take a comprehensive exam based on the required coursework.

    Admissions Requirement and Deadlines

    Students will be admitted to the program based on demonstration of an academic record that fulfills the existing Graduate College criteria required for admission. Additional supporting documents include successful completion of the GRE and/or GMAT exams. Students applying for admission to the Master of Science degree program in Sport Management are strongly encouraged to apply by March 15th prior to the academic year in which they are seeking admission.

    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate assistantships are available through the department. These are awarded based upon merit and achievement to full-time students in the graduate program. Graduate assistants do not teach classes, but complete projects and tasks assigned by professors.

    The graduate assistantship is awarded for the first year of full-time study, with the possibility of extension through the first summer. Prospective students should apply for a graduate assistantship at the time of original application to the program, using the application form online.

    For more information, contact: Dr. Robert P. Fleischman, at 570-422-3874 or by e-mail at bfleischman@esu.edu

Course Descriptions

  • SMGT 506 Theory and Techniques of Coaching (3)

    • This course is designed to provide an overview of the theories and strategies necessary to become a successful coach. The welfare of the athlete will be the primary focus. Sport areas covered will be philosophy, pedagogy, physiology, medicine, and management. Prerequisite: 96 credits.

  • SMGT 513 Evaluation in Movement Studies and Exercise Science (3)

    • This course will include basic statistical techniques for analyzing and interpreting cognitive, psychomotor and affective variables in movement studies and exercise science. Use of these evaluative tools will be applied to the field of human movement.

  • SMGT 515 The American Woman in Sport (3)

    • The American woman in sport, including the history of her participation, relationship to changing female roles and ideals will be studied. Also attitudes toward competition for women, roles of women's sport organizations, and motivations of sportswomen examined.

  • SMGT 518 Philosophy and Physical Education (3)

    • This course is a review of contemporary philosophical positions and implications for professional decision-making in physical education. Focus is upon an awareness and a concern for the development of the student's personal professional philosophy.

  • SMGT 519 Sport and Society (3)

    • The nature, function, and relationships of sport and society with reference to the consideration of sport in social and cultural context, the social variables which affect participation are studied.

  • SMGT 523 Administration: Physical Education and Sport Programs (3)

    • This course employs a theoretical approach to the development of administrative thought as it relates to physical education and sport programs; emphasis is on the understanding of concepts and models from the social sciences, and their implications for leadership in the educational setting.

  • SMGT 525 Psychology of Human Performance (3)

    • This course treats the research and theoretical consideration of the psychological variables in human performance, with special reference to the bodyself in movement, and the psychology of sport.

  • SMGT 546 Planning and Management of Sports Facilities (3)

    • The course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the planning and management of facilities for physical education, athletic, and intramural/recreational programs. Buildings, grounds, and equipment, as well as maintenance of these facilities will be discussed. Students will visit and tour a facility.

  • SMGT 547 Sports Business and Finance (3)

    • This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the business and financial considerations of various sports enterprises.

  • SMGT 548 Sports Marketing (3)

    • The course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of sports marketing as it relates to the spectator and the participant. It will also give the student knowledge and understanding of the marketing considerations of various sports organizations. Fund raising applications will also be discussed.

  • SMGT 549 Sports and the Law (3)

    • The focus of this course will be on legal concepts and principles related to the administration, coaching, and teaching of sports. Legal issues involving personnel, facilities, equipment, transportation, medical aspects, liability, and gender will be examined. Legal terminology and the court systems will be included.

  • SMGT 550 Sport Personnel Management (3)

    • This course focuses on various leadership styles, managerial communication, and interaction skills and relative effectiveness in sports organizations. Attention is directed to specific personnel tasks such as hiring, development, and evaluation of sport staff, and personnel issues of current importance.

  • SMGT 551 Application of Computers to Sports Management (3)

    • This course is designed to provide students with computer knowledge and skills applicable to sports management. The advantages and application of computers in sports programs will be emphasized. Opportunities for understanding and running existing computer programs will be provided. This course is also offered through summer Home Study.

  • SMGT 553 Ethical Issues in Sports Management (3)

    • This course will focus on the identification of ethical issues in sports situations, analyzing the actions and decisions as to value orientations and ethical stance, and identifying and formulating a consistent ethical base for one's own functioning as a sport administrator.

  • SMGT 559 Public Relations in Sport Management (3)

    • This course will focus on public relations concerns specific to athletic administrators, managers of sport facilities, and coaches. Content includes establishing a framework for public relations processes, communicative tools and techniques, and relationships with the media.

  • SMGT 570 Introduction to Research (3)

    • This course provides an orientation to graduate study and research in health education and movement studies and exercise science. This seminar is designed to acquaint the graduate student with the methods and materials of graduate study and scientific inquiry. This course is required of all graduate students in the degree program.

  • SMGT 571 Independent Research Problem (Semester hours arranged)

    • This course utilizes selected research techniques to attack a specific professional or academic problem. It includes preparation and presentation of a formal report. Students must consult with their adviser well in advance of registration. This course is required for all students in the research or project program, and it may be repeated with permission. Prerequisite: SMGT 570, 574.

  • SMGT 572 Thesis Seminar (1-3 semester hours arranged)

    • This course utilizes selected research techniques to address a specific professional or academic problem. It includes preparation and presentation of a formal report. Students must consult their adviser well in advance of registration. This course is required for all students in the research or project program and it may be repeated with permission. Prerequisite: SMGT 570, 574.

  • SMGT 574 Research Laboratory (1)

    • The preparation of the research proposal including the development of the purpose and design of the proposed research problem or thesis is the focus. This course must be repeated until "satisfactory" grade is earned. Prerequisite: Completion of MSES 570 or current enrollment.

  • SMGT 577 Independent Study (Semester hours arranged)

    • Under the auspices of a qualified member of the faculty, the student pursues a pattern of readings, study, and research related to professional knowledge and understanding in health or physical education. Topics should be established prior to enrollment.

  • SMGT 581 Analysis of Gymnastics I Workshop (3)

    • The critical analysis of biomechanical principles as they apply to both gross and fine gymnastic movement patterns will be studies. Additional emphasis will center around a presentation of analytic techniques specific to maximum realization of motor performance. Further research will be directed toward practical application of all research relevant to the gymnastic discipline. Both lecture-demonstration and seminar methods of instruction will be employed. Prerequisite: PETE 160, 260 or equivalent.

  • SMGT 582 Analysis of Gymnastics II Workshop (3)

    • A quantitative analysis of biomechanical principles as applied to both gross and fine gymnastic movement patterns. Additional emphasis centers on a critical review of the research relevant to the gymnastic discipline. Both lecture-demonstration and seminar methods of instruction will be employed. Prerequisite: PETE 160, 260, 360, or equivalent.

  • SMGT 586 Field Experience and Internship (Semester hours arranged)

    • This course is designed to provide the student with practical experience with a public or private organization in some related aspect of sport management. Students will coordinate their course work acquired at East Stroudsburg University with specific field experience. This program will be supervised by a member of the Sport Studies Department. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.