Athletic Administration

The Athletic Administration concentration is for students seeking career opportunities within the professional and collegiate sport industry. Occupational paths for athletic administration graduates include sport facility and arena management; professional sport organizations; managerial positions at sporting goods companies; management of resorts, private clubs, and camps; and managerial jobs in governmental agencies and sport marketing organizations. The graduate curriculum includes coursework in organizational theory, personnel management, sport marketing, and liability issues. The program is designed to meet the interests and needs of students coming from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, including business management. Individual coursework and electives are determined on the basis of the candidate’s educational experience, vocational training, needs, and interests.

Use the Course Planning Matrix to see when Athletic Administration courses will be offered.

Curriculum Requirements

  • Master’s Core Component – 9 credits
  • 3
    Recognizing that social behavior occurs within an intercultural context, that include ethical components, students will develop the basic knowledge and foundations necessary to understand and influence social behavior in a diverse society. Texts, readings, and learning modules have been chosen and/or designed to facilitate the student?s ability to understand the nature of social behavior cross culturally.
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  • 3
    This course is designed to raise awareness about the sociology of sport and how cultural practices in the world of sports can have significant social, economic and political consequences. Specific attention will be paid to gender, racial, class, and ethical issues, as well as to the history of sport, media and sports, money and sports, and sports violence. There will also be analysis and discussion concerning youth sports, international sports, and the commercialization of sports. Sports, Society and Cultures will give future sport managers a broad understanding of how sport impacts different groups of people in different ways throughout this country and beyond.
  • A study of the historical, philosophical, and social-philosophic foundations of education. Emphasis is placed upon the ideas of the classical, medieval, Enlightenment, and post-Enlightenment periods that have influenced types of American educational systems relative to their mission and purpose. Analysis of how these systems have defined ethics and the characteristics of the virtuous person.
  • 3
    Knowledge and understanding of the commonly accepted research designs. Study of research instruments and statistics used in educational research. Wide reading in various types of research design. Critical analysis of research design.
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  • 3
    This course is designed to develop skills in research design, as well as to enhance the student's understanding of literature searching, reading, and synthesizing of information in health science. In this course, students will conduct a review of literature to explore potential research topics. Students will develop a research question in preparation for their research experience.
  • Athletic Administration Component – 12 credits
  • 3
    Problems and standards connected with the administration of school and college athletics are considered, as well as the relationships with state and national athletic foundations and with conferences for athletics. The course is designed to prepare the graduate student to organize and administer a program of intramural sports or athletics at the public school level.
  • 3
    PE 5610 Sport Law
    This course is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of the laws pertaining to physical education, athletics and sport, and the factors important to schools, colleges, and sport organizations concerning liability of physical educators, coaches, and administrators.
  • 3
    This course will cover the basic theories and principles of sport finance, budgeting and marketing--from sport & recreational facilities to professional & amateur sports. This course will also reveal how to study and understand the market, develop a marketing and finance strategy, clarify a sport organization's needs and goals, and implement marketing plans through sponsorship, licensing, pricing, promotions, advertising, broadcasting and sales. Case studies that translate several professionals' experiences into learning scenarios will be utilized. In addition, observations of future trends in the field will be discussed.
  • 3
    This course is designed to provide the student with the theory basis of human behavior in sport settings with an emphasis on the mental aspects of behavior. Areas to be discussed are sport personology (including personality, motivation, achievement, and attributions), anxiety/arousal, attentional focus, and social/cultural manifestations of sport, including humanism, youth sport, aggression, cooperation/cohesion, and leadership.
  • Athletic Administration Electives – 9 credits

With your advisor, choose 9 credits of electives to meet your professional goals.

  • Capstone Experience – 3-6 credits
  • 3
    The purpose of the graduate capstone is to apply knowledge learned in previous coursework through an approved project. Capstone projects should focus on the following questions: How will the theories learned throughout the program be integrated into a coherent project or experience? How will this work enhance individual career goals? Who are the stakeholders and how will this work assist them? How does this work serve the professional community? How will this work help move the profession forward? Process: Students should plan for approximately 40 hours of work per credit to be earned. The total number of credits earned must be approved by their advisor and noted on their program contract. Candidates must submit Graduate Capstone Project forms with their registration and Capstone Projects must be approved by candidates' advisors and the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies. Once completed, candidates are expected to present their final products to their adviser and/or PSU faculty members. Students who anticipate working on their project for more than one term should register for the appropriate number of credits in each term so that they remain registered throughout the course of the project. Repeatable up to 12 credits.
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  • 6
    A supervised practicum experience in one of several cooperating institutions or agencies in New Hampshire. The purpose is to gain meaningful work experience through applying knowledge learned in previous course work to the on-the-job situation. Commitment includes a negotiated number of hours per week and participation in seminars. Supervision is by the institution or agency concerned, and by Plymouth faculty. Students anticipating more than three hours of credit should confer early in their program with the department chair to free up sufficient blocks of time. Permission of advisor, department chair and Associate Vice President is required.
  • Total for MEd in Physical Education, Athletic Administration Concentration – 33-36 credits

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