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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).

Careers in Professional Golf Management

Graduates with the B.S. in Sport Management with a Concentration in Professional Golf Management and a minor in business administration have job opportunities in a variety of fields: head golf professional, director of golf, teaching professional, assistant golf professional, golf clinician, association management, college golf coach, general management, director of instruction, golf retail, golf course development, golf course maintenance, broadcasting/journalism, golf manufacturer management, sales representative, tournament director, rules official and golf equipment specialist.

Careers in Sport Management Studies

Graduates of the sport management studies program move on to challenging and exciting careers in academic settings; professional sports; sports and recreation facilities; and health, fitness and sport clubs. Students blend general management skills with the specific demands of managing sports organizations. Sport management majors also acquire a strong foundation in management, finance, communication, ethics and legal aspects of business. Students supplement classroom teaching with a variety of practical experiences.

Careers in Wellness and Fitness

The sport management studies - wellness and fitness program is oriented toward professional development, preventative health care and high-quality fitness education. It has been designed to prepare students for positions in personal training businesses, health and fitness clubs, sports medicine clinics, wellness centers, hospitals, professional sports teams, universities, high schools, and the military. Many additional opportunities exist within the profession.

Other career areas include fitness clubs, spas, corporate fitness, strength and conditioning coaching, sports promotion, and sports information.

The program follows a cohort model. A cohort is a group of students that starts and finishes the program at the same time. Like classmates in a traditional classroom setting, students work together in each course and become a professional cohort of health and fitness colleagues. Please be advised that this program is offered in an accelerated format, allowing for degree completion in two to three years depending on each individual's situation.