This 18-credit, 6-course certificate is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge to address coaching at all levels of sports. Coaching methodology, nutrition, conditioning, human performance, and team administration are areas studied in the program. These credits can also be applied to the Master of Sport Management degree.

Required Course:

MSA 6704 – Internship I or Independent Job-Related Project (This course meets the required course for each certificate in the program. It cannot be taken until students complete at least 9-credits, 3 courses in the program.)

Choose any five of the following courses:

  • MSA 6605   Legal and Professional Ethics in Sports
  • MSA 6608*  Sports Risk Assessment
  • MSA 6611*  Coaching Leadership
  • MSA 6612   Coaching Theory Methods and Issues
  • MSA 6613*  Coaching Psychology
  • MSA 6614*  Assessing Human Performance
  • MSA 6615*  Effective Team Administration
  • MSA 6633*  Weight Training & Conditioning


Students may also select up to two electives from the list of electives below:

  • MSA 6624   Organization and Administration of Sports
  • MSA 6625   Physiological Basis of Physical Fitness
  • MSA 6626* Nutrition for Sports and Fitness
  • MSA 6628*  Valuing Diversity
  • MSA 6629*  Motivation and Performance
  • MSA 6630   Global Sports
  • MSA 6634*  Sports Security
  • MSA 6635*  Events Planning and Administration
  • MSA 6636   Internship

* Also available in the online modality.

Course Descriptions

  • MSA6605 This course will explore the moral and ethical dilemmas encountered by managers in the sports industry. Topics include (but not limited to) sportsmanship, and violence, performance enhancing drugs, race, gender, religion, and media. Students will learn to recognize moral questions, understand various ethical theories how to apply them to solve moral problems.

  • MSA6608 This course will investigate the costs of sporting accidents, which can be a significant financial and emotional burden for an organization. Although organizations look at legal liabilities, there are other costs that organizations need to consider. Case studies and scenarios will be utilized in the class.

  • MSA6611 This course will explore leadership skills needed for those entering into coaching positions.

  • MSA6612 This course will explore the foundations for coaching as a profession and how coaching has influenced society and been influenced by society. Topic areas will include the psychology of coaching, coaching players, and the relationship between players and coaches as well as coaches and colleagues.

  • MSA6613 This course will investigate the foundations of the psychological factors related to coaching. The course will review the concepts of psychology and how coaches can encourage optimum performance from the players.

  • MSA6614 This course will explore the concepts of human performance for sports and appropriate assessment processes. As organizations seek to attain a certain performance goal, there is a need to ensure the individuals involved meet the requisite standards of performance or have the ability to do so. Various assessment tools will be reviewed as will case studies that demonstrate standards in use.

  • MSA6615 This course will investigate how effective teams are developed. There are a number of essential concepts that will be studied, including assessing a current team; defining team objectives and criteria of success; establishing team capabilities; defining ground rules; assessing the team culture and behavior; developing effective personal collaboration processes; conducting effective meetings; and conducting good team decision processes.

  • MSA6624 This course will study the fundamental skills of sports administration including planning, organizing, staffing, coordinating, and budgeting in public, not-for-profit, and for profit sectors.

  • MSA6625 This course will explore the physiological basis for testing physical fitness, the range of methods for assessing power, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Different tests will be studied as well as methods for improving fitness in participants.

  • MSA6626 This course will study fundamental principles of nutrition and physical training for sports and exercise. The role of nutrition and physiology will be investigated as they relate to performance. Nutritional needs for specific sports and appropriate preparation for competition, the use of performance enhancement supplements, screening procedures for various substances, and legal issues will also be explored.

  • MSA6628 This course will explore the concepts of diversity in teams. Diversity includes various categories, such as gender, age, education, and nationality. As individuals work together, there is a need to understand individual differences that my influence the operations. The course will use case studies in addition to lectures.

  • MSA6629 This course will examine the impact of motivation on performance in the areas of sports administration. Various motivational theories, concepts of positive reinforcement and recognition programs, and maximization of performance relative to individual and group will be studied.

  • MSA6630 Sports extend beyond national boundaries. This course will explore the sports from a global perspective by examining the similarities and differences between various national sports cultures. The course will also investigate the types of sports activities found in specific cultures in order to determine the potential for expansion of activities into other international venues.

  • MSA6633 This course will explore the theory and practice behind weight training and conditioning of sports participants. Included will be assessments and exercises designed to increase strength and endurance. Assessments will range from novices to professional level athletes.

  • MSA6634 This course will investigate the various strategies employed for major sports events. Ensuring a safe and secure environment for the players and spectators is necessary for organizational survival. The course will employ case studies and scenarios to develop potential strategies.

  • MSA6635 This course will explore the choosing of the appropriate venue, presentations, exhibits, selecting and managing vendors, and providing on-site coordination. In addition, establishing priorities, building alliances, and defining duties and responsibilities for various areas will be investigated.

  • MSA6636 This is a practical experience of previously learned skills and knowledge. The internship assignment will depend on the student146s background and specific goals, and must be approved by the Program Director.

  • MSA6704 This is a practical experience of previously learned skills and knowledge. The internship assignment will depend on the student146s background and specific goals. Although efforts will be made to match students with appropriate opportunities to enhance their learning, some students may not be able to perform such an internship due to work or family responsibilities. In those cases, a specific job related project can be approved by the Program Chair.