Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health, Sport Leadership Concentration

Program Focus and Targeted Careers

The focus of the Sport Leadership program is the research-based study of sport from psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and managerial perspectives. Coursework in sport psychology provides an understanding of individual processes such as motivation and anxiety, social processes such as team cohesion and coaching effectiveness, and mental skills training in sport. The sociocultural study of sport examines the reciprocal relationship between cultural values and sport, particularly relationships between sport and media, politics, race, gender, sexual orientation, and economics. The study of developmental aspects of children's sport participation includes such key issues as readiness for motor skill development, growth and maturation, and specialization. Coursework in sport management and marketing are offered for students interested in careers in the business of sport. Students complete required core coursework, but are provided ample elective opportunities to design an individualized curricular plan. Both research and internship experiences are available for qualified students.

Career positions targeted by the Sport Leadership program include consulting, teaching, coaching, research, management, and programming across a variety of sport contexts. Examples include collegiate coaching positions, academic coordinators in university athletic departments, academic coaching and life skill development, recreational sport coordinators, university professors, sport psychology consultants within sport medicine or national organizations, and athletic administrators.

Course Requirements

*Students in this concentration often complete courses in psychology, sociology, women’s studies, educational leadership, educational psychology, and other concentration areas in KNH (Exercise Science and/or Health Promotion).

  • Curricular guides with recommended courses will be given to students who are considering careers in: sport psychology academic, sport psychology consulting, coaching, student-athlete development, athletic administration, or sport sociology academic.
  • Students will meet with an advisor to plan their curricular focus, as well as a guidance committee to approve their program plan. Each student’s program plan should be focused toward the type of career they are pursuing (e.g., doctoral work in a specific discipline, student-athlete academic counseling, coaching, etc.).
  • The option will be available for students interested in sport psychology to pursue AASP certification by taking coursework to fulfill certification areas (e.g., biophysical course, counseling course, etc.).