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Purpose and Programs

The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies offers degree programs in sport management studies. Sport management studies has concentrations in sport management, professional golf management, and wellness and fitness. The department is housed in Hamer Hall, second floor.

The sport management studies program provides students with a depth of knowledge on a broad range of competencies in management, marketing and communication. The program requires that students gain experience through practica and internships in their specialty area. In addition, the student must, at matriculation, select an area of concentration with this degree: sport management, professional golf management, or wellness and fitness (online).

The professional golf management student will graduate with a bachelor’s degree – major in sport management studies with a concentration in professional golf management and a minor in business administration. In addition to classroom studies, each student is required to complete approved internships totaling 16 months of work experience at PGA-recognized golf facilities. Students also are required to complete requirements established by the PGA of America’s Professional Golf Management (PGM) programs including the Playing Ability Test (PAT). These requirements satisfy a portion of the PGA of America’s membership requirement.

The wellness and fitness student will graduate with a bachelor’s degree – major in sport management studies with a concentration in wellness and fitness and is designed for individuals who want to earn their bachelor’s degree but are not able to attend a traditional on-campus program. This 100 percent online degree program provides students with a strong foundation, including a set of competencies in management, anatomy, psychology, and motivation – all necessary for success in the fields of sport/wellness and fitness. As students progress through the program, they will complete a certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), as well as the Level I certification from the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE).