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Sport Studies

Department of Physical Education, Health and Sport
College of Professional Studies
Physical Education Building 218-755-2940


Graduate Faculty

Dr. Muriel Gilman (Chair; mgilman@bemidjistate.edu), Dr. B. Christina Kippenhan (Graduate Coordinator; bkippenhan@bemidjistate.edu), Dr. Eric Forsyth, Ms. Donna Palivec, Dr. Patricia Rosenbrock, Dr. Karl Salscheider


Degree Offered


Master Of Science - Sport Studies

The Master's Degree in Sport Studies is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in physical education, athletic training, sport science, or sport management who wish to explore, in more depth, a variety of sport-related topics. It offers students an opportunity to gain practical experience, discuss current issues and research, and design and implement a thesis project in an area of interest.

This program provides advanced preparation for teachers with a K-12 teaching license, or for those teaching in a community college setting, coaching or administering an athletics program, working in a variety of private sector sport settings, or entering a doctoral program in physical education, sport science, or sport management.

Note: For Developmental/Adapted Physical Education Licensure, see "Professional Education: Licensures."


Preparation Requirements

Undergraduate majors in physical education, athletic training, sport science, and sport management are encouraged to apply. Candidates possessing minors in related fields may be considered.

University Requirements

See Section II, Graduate Study for degree requirements.

Course Work Requirements

I. Required Professional Education Core

Note: ED 6108 has a prerequisite not required in this program.

ED 6100 Educational Research (3 credits)
ED 6108 The Learning Community (3 credits)

Subtotal 6 Credits

II. Required Core

PHED 6109 Sociology of Sport (3 credits)
PHED 6200 Applied Physiology and Nutrition (3 credits)
PHED 6300 Advanced Principles of Coaching and Administration (3 credits)
PHED 6400 Advanced Movement Analysis (3 credits)
PSY 5301 Introduction to Statistics and Research (4 credits)

Subtotal 16 Credits

III. Required Electives

Select 4 credits of graduate electives with consent of the Graduate Coordinator.

Subtotal 4 Credits

IV. Required Sport Research

PHED 6990 Thesis (2 credits)
PHED 6991 Thesis Topic (1 credit)
PHED 6992 Thesis Proposal Seminar (1 credit)

Subtotal 4 Credits

Total Semester Credits Required for Degree 30 Credits


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