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Athletic / Activity Administration - Master of Science in Education

Earn a master's degree in athletic/activity administration

The Master of Science in Education with emphasis in Athletic / Activity Administration will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to bring about positive, lasting change in the schools and students you serve.

The 34-hour program will prepare you to be successful in the many facets of responsibility in today's athletic / activity departments, including:

  • Professional leadership and accountability for continuous improvement in today's schools
  • Impacting policy makers through relationship building, research and communication
  • Implementing, supervising and evaluating athletic / activity programs designed to set expectations for high achievement for all students
  • Working with internal and external organizations in the acquisition of alternative funding, foundation development and partnerships

With an athletic / activity administration degree you have a wide variety of career paths and future jobs available to you in the education field. But first — what does this program entail? What’s the cost of the program? What are the requirements of this program? We have all of the information you need!

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Admissions Information

In the Master's in Athletic / Activity Administration program, you’ll explore a wide variety of classes to help improve your knowledge of your chosen field. You'll have the opportunity to explore leadership philosophy in athletics, sports psychology, diversity in athletics, several athletic internships, and more. Review the course catalog for details.

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Course Format

hybrid course format

Athletic / Activity Administration courses are offered in a hybrid format, which is a fusion of real-time class sessions (accessed in a variety of mediums) and online coursework.

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The SBU Advantage

  • Learn from faculty who are highly qualified educators with experience as teachers, principals and superintendents. In addition to their roles as faculty members, many also serve on state and national education boards.
  • Benefit from an engaging and relevant curriculum with an emphasis on practical application. Learn in our classroom one night and apply it in your classroom the next day.
  • Fit classes into your busy schedule through our convenient online and hybrid offerings that are scheduled with the time-constrained demands of the working educator in mind.

Faith Integration

SBU's Education graduate degree programs have been intentionally designed to model how the Christian faith shapes expertise, practice and experiences in professional educational settings. To assist students in developing as transformative agents in today's schools, our programs provide a foundation to become both scholars and practitioners — a synthesis of academic knowledge, practical skills and servant leadership. We desire that our students, while working toward a graduate degree in education, become true servant leaders who are able to integrate their faith into their practice to make a difference in today's society.

M.S.E. in Athletic / Activity Administration Course Rotation

Note: You can begin the course rotation in either fall, summer or spring terms.

Year 1

Fall Semester (even years)

AAD 5003 Organization and Administration of Athletics 3
AAD 5002 Leadership Philosophy in Athletics 2
AAD 5001 Athletic Internship I (Arranged) 1
Total hours 6

Summer (even years)

AAD 5033 Character Development in Coaching 3
Total hours 3

Spring Semester (odd years)

AAD 5032 Technology for Athletic Administration 2
AAD 5023 Legal Issues in Athletics 3
AAD 5011 Athletic Internship II (Arranged) 1
Total hours 6

Summer (odd years)

AAD 5043 Sports Psychology & Stress Management 3
EAD 6053 School Supervision 3
Total hours 6

Year 2

Fall Semester (odd years)

AAD 5053 Diversity in Athletics 3
AAD 5012 Public Relations in Athletics 2
AAD 5031 Athletic Internship III (Arranged) 1
Total hours 6

Spring Semester (even years)

AAD 5013 Facility and Game Management 3
AAD 5063 Finance and Fundraising in Athletics 3
AAD 5041 Athletic Internship V 1
Total hours 7

The master's degree in athletic/activity administration is available completely online with arranged internships. In online courses, complete assignments when it is most convenient for you and create your own individualized learning experience. A collaborative online learning community is facilitated by highly qualified faculty through the Blackboard Learning Management System.

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog for your final degree requirements and consult with your advisor to develop an official plan of study. Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation. The student is responsible for understanding and completing all degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
MSE in Athletic / Activity Administration Plan (PDF)