Master of Arts in Sport Education

Gardner-Webb’s Master of Arts in Sport Education program assists in the advanced preparation of individuals involved with sport and fitness-related instruction.

As a student, you’ll benefit from a synthesis of current and applicable information, derived from both theory and practice.

Each member of the Sport Education graduate faculty has an earned doctorate and has obtained certification to work with the online learning system known as Blackboard. Presently, two of the faculty members have completed Quality Matters certification, the gold standard in online course delivery, and our goal is for all faculty to have their courses achieve the QM standard of excellence in the near future. Faculty strive to ensure that students are effectively engaged and are held to the highest standards of integrity and rigor.


What You’ll Learn

This program prepares students for positions of leadership through the refinement of knowledge and skills, thus enabling advancement in their careers as professional educators. Many graduates have used this degree for career enrichment as a public school teacher or coach. Other graduates have used this degree to obtain teaching positions at a college or a university. 

The Sport Education program, which can be completed entirely online, includes thirty credit hours in five components: methodology, science, socio-culture, administration, and elective. The primary focus of the program is instructional expertise in sport-related settings. The elective component of the program consists of six hours of additional subject area work.

Admission Requirements

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on all previous academic work beyond high school.
  • A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller Analogies Test.
  • Professional references are not required for admission into the Sport Education program.

Available Programs

Master of Arts in Sport Education

The Sport Education program consists of 10 separate three-hour courses, each offered online. Two courses are offered each semester, Fall, Spring, and Summer. If a student is continuously enrolled, completion of the program can be achieved in just under two years.

The program includes a capstone experience known as a comprehensive exam, which is taken during the final semester of enrollment. This exam is also administered online.

For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

Current students hold positions such as sport instructors, athletic trainers, and strength/conditioning specialists, while recent graduates have gone on to become academic program chairs, activity directors, recreation supervisors, and intercollegiate coaches.

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