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Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport
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Master of Science in Athletic Administration

Course Descriptions

RSA 501 – (3 hrs.) – Research Methods in REC Sport: Research terminology, design, methods, data analysis, and manuscript preparation in recreation and sport.

RSA 513 – (3 hrs.) – Recreation and Sport Admin: Leadership and management of recreation and sport agencies with emphases on strategic planning, policy, human resources, programming, governance, and organizational behavior and culture.

RSA 517 (3 hrs.) - Legal Issues in REC and Sport: Legal systems, legal concepts, and landmark cases influencing the recreation and sport industry.

RSA 519 (3 hrs.) - Fiscal Practices in REC Sport: Financial principles and practices relevant in recreation settings. Topics include economic principles, financial management and organization, income sources, fundraising, pricing, and budgeting.

RSA 515 (3 hrs.) - REC Sport Facility Development: Facility development process with emphasis on the unique features of many different types of facilities. Field experience required. Students are responsible for their own transportation to off campus meetings. University transportation provided when possible.

RSA 543 – (3 hrs.) - Sports Medicine Admin. For Interscholastic Athletics: An in-depth study of the many issues administrators and coaches face in supporting and developing an interscholastic sports medicine program within a school or school district. Does not count toward certification or rank change in Kentucky.

RSA 542 – (3 hrs.) – Investigation of Current Interscholastic Athletics Issues: A capstone experience for the concentration in IAA that will involve an in depth investigation of the various issues addressed throughout this program of study. Does not count toward certification or rank change in Kentucky.

RSA 544 – (3 hrs.) – Championship Events (Practicum): Study of the Organization and Administration of interscholastic championship events. Does not count toward certification or rank change in Kentucky.

RSA 530 – (1 – 3 hrs.) – Indep Investigation/PE: Research problems or projects in the organizational, administrative, or supervisory areas of physical education.

RSA 523 – (3 hrs.) - Theory of Recreation and Sport: Philosophy, theory, and ethics of recreation and sport, including current professional trends in the field.

RSA 521 – (3 hrs.) - Public Relations in Rec/Sport: Specialized application of effective communication techniques for building relationships with internal and external constituencies that support marketing from the general practice of public relations.

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