Master of Science in Recreation with an Emphasis in Sports Management Online

Expand your skills and expertise across all facets of sports organizations from recreational to professional.

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Program Overview

Get to know our online sports management recreation degree

Follow your passion for athletics into a variety of exciting career paths with the credentials you will gain in the M.S. in Recreation with an emphasis in Sports Management online program from Northwest Missouri State University. Learn real-world management skills applicable to professional sports, youth organizations, fitness or recreational endeavors—and much more.

In this online recreation master's program, you will enrich your knowledge in areas such as sports communication, facility design and management, and finance and marketing in recreation. Our core coursework covers broader topics such as data analytics, risk management, grant writing, and human resources.

In addition to pursuing a broad range of career advancement options after graduation, our online students may join campus associations and student organizations—such as the Health Science and Wellness Future Professionals—to broaden networking opportunities with peers.

Career opportunities in sports management:

  • Youth Sports Director
  • Operations Director
  • Facilities Manager
  • Athletic Director
  • Youth Sports Director
  • Operations Director
  • Facilities Manager
  • Athletic Director

Accreditation:

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Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and is recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education™ (DESE) and the Higher Learning Commission.

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Total Tuition $11,250*
Program Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 30
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Tuition

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Our M.S. in Recreation with an emphasis in Sports Management online programs offer affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $11,250*
Per Credit Hour $375

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Calendar

Milestones to guide your student journey

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring 23/4/242/19/242/22/242/26/242/28/244/19/24
Summer 14/29/244/15/244/18/244/22/244/24/246/14/24
Summer 26/24/246/7/246/12/246/14/246/18/248/9/24
Fall 18/26/248/12/248/15/248/19/248/21/2410/11/24

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Next Apply Date: 4/15/24
Next Class Start Date: 4/29/24
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Admissions

Know the requirements for the sports management online graduate program

At Northwest, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the M.S. in Recreation with an emphasis in Sports Management online program, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

To apply for this program, you must meet these requirements:

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on the undergraduate transcript from a regionally accredited institution OR an undergraduate overall GPA of 2.50 to 2.74 from a regionally accredited institution and a 3.0 GPA on six hours of required graduate coursework at Northwest in the major program where admission is requested.
  • Documentation of ONE of the following:
    • Score of 280 or higher on GRE combined score
    • OR
    • 3.0 Overall undergraduate GPA
    • OR
    • Two years of documented full-time employment (minimum average 30 hours per week) in the field of study
    • OR
    • Successful completion of another master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with at least a 2.75 GPA

If you are a non-Missouri student, you should determine whether this program fits the certification requirements for your state.

Official transcripts can be emailed to [email protected]. To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Courses

Our online sports management degree classes

For the M.S. in Recreation with an emphasis in Sports Management online program, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 18 credit hours of core courses and 12 credit hours of emphasis courses.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Familiarizes the student with appropriate assessment/evaluation techniques as they are utilized in various leisure service settings. Techniques related to the delivery of recreation programs, park and recreation resources, and personnel are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on those assessment/evaluation skills used by leisure professionals to determine the extent to which programmatic and organizational goals and objectives have been achieved.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to familiarize students with tasks common to mid-level managers in the field. Offers opportunities to confront ethical issues and discuss possible solutions in the context of information learned in the course.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to present-day methods and techniques of research, applicable to the fields of health, physical education and recreation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic foundation of data analysis covering descriptive and inferential statistics and how to use these to improve practice and research and to appropriately assess findings. Covers both parametric and nonparametric applications to the health, physical education, recreation and dance fields.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to give students a basic understanding of their legal responsibilities as teachers, coaches, trainers and recreation professionals to provide a safe environment for those they serve and to develop an understanding of the law and how it may apply to the rights of students, special populations, women and coworkers.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Acquaints students with the vocabulary, concept and practices in the study of grants administration and management. Enables practicing the skills necessary in obtaining outside funding and provides awareness of the individual roles and agencies within public funding.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study and analysis of the communication processes, venues and tools employed in the sport industry, including the role of sport media, sport communication, values and ethics, brands and branding, and data plays in developing sport communication strategies.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the types of facilities utilized in recreation settings, including the aspects of the planning process, design, financing, needs assessment, facility management and maintenance.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Application of economic and marketing principles to leisure service delivery systems and the analysis of institutional factors affecting the allocation of resources for recreational purposes. Fundraising principles and practices for public and private nonprofit leisure service organizations are studied.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An analysis of contemporary trends and issues in sport.

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Northwest Missouri State University is ranked #1 among the "Best Online Colleges in Missouri" by SR Education Group (2020)

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100% of classes taught by professionals, not graduate assistants

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