Sport Management - Non-Professional Educator Certification (Master of Science)

The chief objective of the Master of Science (MS) with a major in Sport Management (non-professional educator certification) is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to meet the demands of the job market in the sport industry.

Application Deadlines

Deadline dates for application and receipt of all required application materials:

Date Event
July 1 Fall Admission
November 1 Spring Admission
April 1 Summer Admission

Any exceptions to these deadlines must be granted by the graduate program chair.

Application Materials Required for the MS with a Major in Sport Management (Non-Professional Educator Certification)

All of the following documents must be submitted to Graduate Admissions to be considered for admission:

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Non-refundable $35 application processing fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities with degrees posted. To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a degree from an institutionally accredited institution or its foreign equivalent. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.)
  4. International student applicants must see the International Student Applicants section of this catalog for other application and enrollment requirements.

Admission Requirements for the MS with a Major in Sport Management (Non-Professional Educator Certification)

Admission to the non-certification concentration does not require bachelor’s-level professional educator certification.

Applicants who meet the general admission requirements to graduate studies are eligible for admission to the MS with a major in sport management (non-professional educator certification). All applications are reviewed by Sport Management graduate faculty for admission approval into the program. A particular undergraduate major is not specified for admission to this program; however, a related field is recommended.

Unconditional Admission

  • Applicants may be eligible for unconditional admission to the program with a GPA on the initial undergraduate degree of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.

Conditional Admission

  • Applicants who fail to meet the 2.75 GPA requirement for unconditional admission may be admitted as conditional admission to the program.

Applicants who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.00 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being dropped from graduate studies.

Minimum Requirements for the MS with a Major in Sport Management (Non-Professional Educator Certification)

An overall 3.00 GPA is required on all coursework attempted for the master’s degree. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA to the required 3.00.

Upon completion of the required 30 hours of coursework, students must pass a comprehensive examination. Accommodations will be made to support students with either onsite or offsite qualifying exam administration. Students should contact the graduate program faculty about dates of comprehensive exams.

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
HPE 525Issues and Trends in Athletics3
or HPE 537 Diversity Issues and Trends in Wellness and Sport Studies
HPE 540Law and Ethics in Wellness and Sports Studies3
HPE 563Sport Finance3
HPE 564Human Resources Management in Sport3
HPE 566Public and Media Relations in Sport3
HPE 567Sport Facility Administration and Design3
HPE 568Administration of Athletics3
HPE 576Sport Marketing3
HPE 586Sport Promotion and Event Planning3
HPE 591Internship in Sport Management3
or HPE 592 Internship in Sport Marketing and Administration
Total Hours30

30 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Graduation and Comprehensive Exam

All students must apply for graduation by the given deadline of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Please see the Graduation and Comprehensive Exam section of this catalog for more information.