Course Catalog

Kinesiology and Sport Management

Chair: Dr. Jimmy Smith

Master of Arts in Sport and Athletic Administration

Gonzaga University’s M.A. in Sport and Athletic Administration (MASAA) program prepares candidates to be leaders in sport, athletic, and health related professions. This campus based and online program is designed as an interdisciplinary curriculum, grounded in the liberal arts, drawing on studies in educational and organizational theory. An integral part of the program is the internship, in which candidates acquire skills and experience under the supervision of an advisor and a site supervisor. The emphasis is on training candidates to administer programs in accordance with best professional practices. Graduates of the program earn a degree from an academically respected university with a top NCAA brand.

Students move through the program as a cohort, with a new cohort starting each fall and courses take place throughout one summer. The on-campus curriculum is designed as a 31 semester credit program with an average five semesters completion time for full time students, taking two courses simultaneously. The online program differs as classes are offered in an accelerated fashion with two courses (approximately 8 weeks in duration) taken each semester. Students can typically complete the program in five semesters, provided they follow the recommended course sequence schedule.

During the past few years, some of the institutions and organizations which have hired our alumni, include: University of Wisconsin Recreation, Washington State University, Boise State University, Drake University, Baylor University, Fresno State University, Whitworth University, Lewis and Clark State College, North Idaho College, University of Portland, University of California Davis, Gonzaga University, Oakland Raiders (NFL), Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Baseball, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants (MLB), Hillsboro Hops, Everett AquaSox, Spokane Indians (Minor League Baseball), Spokane Chiefs (Western Hockey League), Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Regional Sport Commission, Spokane Youth Sports Association (SYSA), Scorebook Live, and more.

Admissions

Campus and Online Admissions Guidelines can be found on the SOE Graduate Admissions webpage

Prerequisite

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Program Outline: 31 credits

EDPE 500 Sport and Athletic Promotions 3 credits
EDPE 501 Sport Media and Communication 3 credits
EDPE 514 Ethical and Legal Aspects in Sport 3 credits
EDPE 525 Sport and Athletics in the Social Context 3 credits
EDPE 565 Research Methods and Statistics in Sport and Athletics 3 credits
EDPE 571 Sport and Athletic Finance 3 credits
EDPE 613 Administration in Athletics and Sports 3 credits
EDPE 621 Facilities Management in Sport and Athletics 3 credits
EDPE 696A - EDPE 696B* Sport and Athletic Administration Internships I & II 6 credits
EDPE 699 Capstone Experience 1 credit
*The online program consists of one internship (696A) and the other 3 credits are replaced with special topic classes decided at the beginning of each new cohort.
EDPE 500 Sport & Athletic Promotions
3.00 credits
Study of policies and practices in managing relations with external and internal publics associated with the sport and athletic industry. Media relations, publicity for both print and broadcast press, marketing strategies, advertising and campaign development, sponsorships and marketing ethics are some of the main topics to be covered.
Equivalent:
EDPE 501 - OK if taken between Spring 1998 and Fall 1998
EDPE 501 Sport Media and Communication
3.00 credits
This course will examine today's world of communication by examining the converging industries of journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising as expressed in the new commercial reality of sport. The student will be provided with a history of the sport media and the changes the media has undergone in recent years. The students will also have the opportunity to be placed in the media chair and produce written material as a reporter covering an athlete program or sporting event.
EDPE 514 Ethical/Legal Aspects in Sport
3.00 credits
To familiarize students with the legal and ethical aspects surrounding sport organizations. Topics such as tort law, contract law, agency law, constitutional law, Title IX and IX, ethical theories within the work place are thoroughly covered.
EDPE 515 Elementary Physical Education
1.00 credit
This course will provide students both theoretical and practical experience in learning how to design and implement a physical education program at an elementary level. It will introduce the students to objectives of physical education, activities that can be implemented at specific grade levels, general fitness concepts, and techniques of teaching in a physical activity environment, assessment protocol, and the importance of physical education as an integral part of general education. An experimental and cross disciplinary approach will be taken to developing and implementing effective learning experiences in physical education for students K-8. Permission only; On Demand.
EDPE 516 Elementary Health Methods
1.00 credit
This course will provide students both theoretical and practical experience in learning how to design and implement a health education program at an elementary level. It will introduce the students to objectives of health education, activities that can be implemented at specific grade levels, teaching strategies, assessment protocol, and the importance of health education as an integral part of general education. An experimental and cross disciplinary approach will be taken to developing and implementing effective learning experiences for students K-8. Permission only. On demand.
EDPE 517 Abuse Prevention
1.00 credit
This course will provide students an awareness of the incidence of abuse and the knowledge and skills needed to execute their professional roles and responsibilities, as K-12 educators, in dealing with children who have suffered abuse and neglect. Reporting mandates and legal protection afforded in executing these mandates will also be covered.
EDPE 518 Health/Fitness Methods
3.00 credits
This course will provide students both theoretical and practical experience in learning how to design and implement a health & fitness education program at an elementary level. It will introduce the students to objectives of health and fitness education, activities that can be implemented at specific grade levels, teaching strategies, assessment protocol, and the importance of health and fitness education as an integral part of general education. An experimental and cross disciplinary approach will be taken to developing and implementing effective learning experiences for students K-8. Permission only; on demand.
EDPE 525 Sport & Ath in Social Context
3.00 credits
An analysis of historical sport and athletic events, the structure of sport in societies, and the social factors influencing the positive and negative outcomes of those events. Topics such as diversity, economics, politics, media, and religion will be covered and investigation of the social impact of these issues on sport and athletic environments.
EDPE 565 Rsrch Mth & Stats in Sprt Athl
3.00 credits
This course focuses on the research methods, statistical techniques and applications of social research and evaluation process using SPSS in the context of sport and athletics. Students are required to complete his/her individual research proposal by the end of semester consisting of three chapters (introduction, review of literature, and methodology) and also are given the opportunity to learn and practice SPSS, statistical computer software for social science.
EDPE 571 Sport & Athletic Finance
3.00 credits
Analysis of budget techniques and strategies for financial planning and decision making in sport and athletic programs. Emphasis will be given to revenue productions and fundraising relevant to both community and school supported sport programs.
EDPE 590 Directed Readings
1.00- 3.00 credits
Directed readings requires completion of a form, and department permission and cannot be registered for via ZAGWEB.
EDPE 591 Directed Study
1.00- 4.00 credits
Directed Study requires completion of a form, and department permission and cannot be registered for via ZAGWEB.
EDPE 592 Independent Study
1.00- 4.00 credits
Independent Study requires completion of a form, and department permission and cannot be registered for via ZAGWEB.
EDPE 594 Special Projects
1.00- 3.00 credits
Special Projects requires completion of a form, and department permission and cannot be registered for via ZAGWEB.
EDPE 611 Continuing Research
1.00 credit
Required of all graduate students to maintain continuous enrollment in the program while completing their final project.
EDPE 613 Admin in Sport & Athletics
3.00 credits
Students will study organizational theories and practices with an emphasis on the sport industries. Leadership styles and theories, organizational development, personnel, fiscal, and legal issues will be covered.
EDPE 621 Facilities Mgmt in Sport & Ath
3.00 credits
This course covers theories, policies, principles, and practical applications of facility management and operations with the special emphasis on designing, planning, operating, maintaining of the sport facility. Students will develop and utilize a variety of materials reflective of sport event and venue operations such as an event bidding proposal, a facility review evaluation report, area of expert papers and case studies.
EDPE 689 Master's Research Project
3.00 credits
This course involves the identification and in-depth exploration of a topic or issue in physical education, athletics, or sports administration in preparation for the final oral presentation. The project must be completed and submitted in a written form or manuscript suitable for publication.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 565
EDPE 696A Sport & Athl Admin:Intern I
3.00 credits
An intensive field supervised experience in a sport or athletic related organization approved by the instructor of record.
EDPE 696B Sport & Athl Admin:Intern II
3.00 credits
A continuation of EDPE 696A. An intensive field supervised experience in a sport or athletic related organization approved by the instructor of record.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 696A Minimum Grade: C
EDPE 696C Sport & Athl Admin:Intern III
3.00 credits
A continuation of 696B. An intensive field supervised experience in the sport or athletic organization approved by the instructor of record.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 696B Minimum Grade: C
EDPE 699 Capstone Experience
1.00 credit
This is a student's final experience demonstrating competency in content knowledge through an oral or written project. The student will prepare a final portfolio of work accomplished throughout the program and present it to a designated audience.
EDPE 900 Workshop
1.00- 12.00 credits