Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation

MAS Sport & Fitness Management

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What is Sport and Fitness Management? Sport and Fitness Management programs prepare people to take on leadership positions in sport and fitness settings, such as running health clubs and managing sport teams at all levels. Students learn business, sales and marketing skills. They also learn health and safety standards and public communications to foster professional growth. Do you already believe in the value of fitness and sports for people of all ages? Do you consider yourself a natural leader? If so, sport and fitness management may be the program for you.

Consider the MAS in Sport & Fitness Management if:

  • You are seeking advancement in athletic administration, coaching, fitness facility supervision or preventive health care.
  • You area a recent sport/recreation management or exercise science graduate looking to gain a professional advantage in the job market.
  • You are re-entering the sport or fitness career area looking to refine your professional skills.
  • You want a career with excellent growth potential and good salaries.

Master of Applied Science in Sport and Fitness Management is a comprehensive program that prepares students to assume supervisory and administrative positions in facility and event management, college athletics, professional sports organizations, non-profit agencies, public/private/corporate fitness facilities, cardiac rehabilitation and community based/amateur athletic programs. Included in this program are:

  • 18 hours of graduate core courses
  • 15-18 hours of MAS Sport & Fitness Management concentration
  • Graduate Internship OR Thesis option

Admissions Requirements:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in Health, Sport Management, or a closely related discipline.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Application essay stating career goals and how this program fits into those goals
  • One letter of reference from an academic source
  • Application reviewed and approved by the MAS Sport & Fitness Management Graduate Admission Committee

Graduate Curriculum:

Courses Required: 33 credits

The core courses for the MAS included 18 hours of core professional course work.

  • COM 601 – Professional Organizational Communications (3) -OR- ENG 540 – Writing for Management and Supervisoion (3) -OR- ETC 600 – Technical Communications Theory and Practice (3)
  • MGT 503 – Organizational Theory (3)
  • MKT 605 – Marketing Strategy (3)
  • ECO 607 – Managerial Economics (3)
  • MAT 609 – Technical Analysis for Decision Marking (3)
  • MAS 695 – Graduate Colloquium (3)

An additional 15-18 credits are required for the MAS option:

  • SFM 525 – Legal Aspects of Sport and Fitness (3)
  • SFM 542 – Facilities Design and Management (3)
  • SFM 610 – Leadership Effectiveness in Sport and Fitness Management (3)
  • SFM 651 – Research Methods (3)
  • SFM 630 – Internship (3) -OR- Thesis (6)

For questions, contact Dr. Paul Choi

  • phone number:
  • 816-271-4246

  • our address:
  • Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
    Missouri Western State University
    4525 Downs Drive
    St. Joseph, MO 64507

  • email address:
  • hchoi@missouriwestern.edu