This 18-credit, 6-course certificate in Sport Management is designed for individuals interested in pursuing sports and recreation professionally.

Required courses:
SPAD 2004 – Introduction to Sports Administration
SPAD 2010 – Legal Aspects in Sports Administration

Select four courses from the following:
SPAD 2012 – Nutrition and Wellness
SPAD 2013 – Exercise Physiology
SPAD 2014 – Ethical Issues in Sports
SPAD 2015 – Team Development
SPAD 2016 – Stress Management
SPAD 2017 – Safety, First Aid, and Prevention of Injury

Course Descriptions

  • SPAD2004 This is the introductory course to the Sports Administration Program. It will provide an overview of the issues, trends and concerns of the industry. Students will learn current practices and procedures used by practitioners in the field. Students will be introduced to the different occupations and job titles currently in place. Students are expected to begin developing the skills, and experiences necessary to be successful as a sports executive.

  • SPAD2010 This course will explore the legal issues and situations occurring in the world of sports and recreation. Students will learn how safety, risk management, personnel and contracts affect the decision making of the sports management professional. Students will explore how events on-the-field and off-the-field influence the legal standing of an organization. Students will begin to develop business plans which take into consideration an awareness of liability.

  • SPAD2012 This course explores the theoretical and practical aspects of nutrition and its relationship to wellness. Topics include nutrition and disease, physical fitness, weight management, stress management, addictions, and lifestyle and its relationship to wellness.

  • SPAD2013 This course will expose the Sports Administration Professional to all aspects of the Exercise Science field including, but not limited to the following: human anatomy, human physiology, the multiple disciplines and professions of the Exercise Science field, the common professional dynamics between Sports Administration Professionals and Exercise Physiologists.

  • SPAD2014 This course will investigate ethical issues in sports activities, including regulations of intercollegiate athletics as well as professional sports. Topics covered will include drug testing, academic requirements, Title IX, differences in NCAA divisions, and financial concerns of the athlete. This course will use current case studies as well as lecture.

  • SPAD2015 The concept of team is critical to many sports activities, yet many groups of people do not develop into a cohesive team. This course will explore how to effectively develop teams for maximum performance.

  • SPAD2016 This course will explore the effects of stress on the individual. Stress can be categorized as good stress and bad stress, and there is a need to understand how stress can be understood and addressed.

  • SPAD2017 This course will investigate how injuries can be prevented or reduced in the sports environment. The course will also address how to provide first aid if an individual is injured.