Nov 29, 2023
Rudy Dunlap, Program Director
The Department of Health and Human Performance offers three Master of Science degrees: one with a major in Exercise Science; one in Health and Human Performance with concentrations in Health and in Physical Education; and one in Leisure and Sport Management with concentrations in Recreation and Leisure Services and in Sport Industry.
The department also offers the Ph.D. in Human Performance with specializations in five areas: Exercise Science, Health, Kinesmetrics, Leisure Studies, and Physical Education.
The department offers courses in Communication Disorders (CDIS) as well.
The goal of the Master’s in Leisure and Sport Management is to prepare individuals to lead leisure and sport organizations, to support the expansion of the leisure and sport industries, and to conduct research that advances the body of knowledge in these disciplines.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission decisions will be made after reviewing all materials and determining the applicant’s capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study. Admission decisions are based upon consideration of a number of criteria which are believed to indicate a high potential in the graduate program.
Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) program in Leisure and Sport Management requires
- an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college. Applicants must have earned at least 18 semester hours at the bachelor’s or master’s level in courses related to the selected concentration (e.g., foundations of leisure and sport management, management practices, financial management and marketing, program planning). Students lacking an appropriate background may be required to complete prerequisite coursework.
- an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken.
- completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores. Successful applicants typically have scores on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative measures that exceed 146 and 140 respectively (current scale) or 400 (former scale) with a total combined score that exceeds 286 (current scale) or 800 (former scale). The Analytical Writing Assessment score is also considered.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
Application deadline: Applications for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by March 1, and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- submit application with appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official scores on the GRE;
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
- provide three letters of recommendation from persons who can address their academic qualifications and potential for success in graduate study;
- provide a 400-word statement of purpose giving their reasons for applying to the program, their academic interests, and their professional goals.
Candidates for the Master of Science in Leisure and Sport Management with a concentration in Sport Industry must
- complete either the thesis or professional project/internship curriculum as detailed below in the Curriculum section.
- if choosing the thesis option,
- select a thesis committee composed of two members (one of whom must be from the Department of Health and Human Performance);
- successfully complete thesis defense;
- successfully complete an oral examination relating to the thesis.
- if choosing the professional project or internship option, successfully complete a written comprehensive examination prior to the completion of a professional project or internship (may be taken no more than twice).
Curriculum: Leisure and Sport Management, Sport Industry Concentration
Core Requirements (18 hours)
Concentration Electives (9 hours)
Select 3-6 hours from the following list in consultation with the advisor:
- Select 3-6 hours of non-LSM courses in consultation with the advisor.
Thesis Option Requirement (3 hours)
Professional Project or Internship Option (36 hours)
All candidates for the M.S. in Leisure and Sport Management with a concentration in Sport Industry pursuing the professional project or internship option must complete 36 credit hours in the following course of study:
Core Requirements (18 hours)
Concentration Electives (15 hours)
Choose 6-12 hours from the following list in consultation with the advisor:
- Select 3-9 hours of non-LSM electives in consultation with the advisor.
Professional Project or Internship Option Requirement (3 hours)
must be taken within the first semester of study.
Students are strongly encouraged to take the non-LSM courses outside the department.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 21 credit hours;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.