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M.S. Athletic Administration & Coaching


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Western Kentucky University’s Master of Science in Recreation and Sports Administration with a concentration in Athletic Administration & Coaching is a 100% online degree program.  This cohort provides an opportunity for persons interested in Interscholastic (K-12) Athletic Administration & Coaching to gain knowledge, research and experience. Designed to prepare individuals for the leadership skills required as both disciplines in coaching and athletic administration grow, this program goes beyond theoretical instruction and provides knowledge, skills, and professional expertise. If you are a Kentucky teacher, please note that this program does not currently work for rank change or promotion.


NIAAA Certification

Students in the program will receive two years of paid membership to the NIAAA.  Additionally by completing the program, students will be eligible for various certifications through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.  For additional information about NIAAA membership or certifications, please contact suzanne.thomas@wku.edu.

Visit the NIAAA’s website.   

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The minimum requirements for acceptance into the Master of Science in Recreation and Sports Administration with a concentration in (Interscholastic) Athletic Administration & Coaching are as follows:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
    A bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing with at least a 2.75 overall GPA.
  • Application & Fee
    Students seeking a graduate degree must apply online. There is a non-refundable application fee of $65. Please make sure that in “Course of Study” that you choose Recreation and Sport Administration.  In the “Concentration” pull down box you will need to select “Athletic Administration & Coaching.”
  • Transcript Record
    Graduates of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript showing the completed degree to the Graduate School.
  • Statement of Professional Intent
    Statement should provide a sample of applicant's writing style and ability.  It should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced, and is expected to be well organized, clearly written and error free. It should include an introduction, responses to the three questions below, and a conclusion:
    • Why do you want to pursue this degree?
    • What related qualifications and/or experiences do you bring to the program?
    • What are your career goals after completing the program

Statements should be emailed to graduate.school@wku.edu and include your full name and WKU Student ID (if known).

The M.S. in Recreation Sport Administration with a concentration in Athletic Administration & Coaching requires a total of 33 credit hours. This program is 100% online.

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

FALL START

Semester Course # Course Title
Fall 1 RSA 501 Research Methods in Recreation & Sport
  RSA 513 Recreation & Sport Administration
Spring 1 RSA 523 Theoretical Foundations of Recreation & Sport
  RSA 538 Facility & Event Security Management
Summer RSA 515 Recreation & Sport Facility Development
  RSA 517 Legal Issues in Recreation & Sport
  RSA 519 Fiscal Practices in Recreation & Sport 
Fall 2 RSA 542 Investigation of Current Interscholastic Athletics Issues
  RSA 544 Practicum in Interscholastic Sport
Spring 2 RSA 521 Public Relations in Recreation & Sport
  RSA 543 Sports Medicine Administration for Interscholastic Athletics

 

SPRING START

Semester Course # Course Title
Spring 1 RSA 501 Research Methods in Recreation & Sport
  RSA 513 Recreation & Sport Administration
Summer 1 RSA 515 Recreation & Sport Facility Development
  RSA 517 Legal Issues in Recreation & Sport
  RSA 519 Fiscal Practices in Recreation & Sport 
Fall RSA 523 Theoretical Foundations of Recreation & Sport
  RSA 538 Legal Issues in Recreation & Sport
Spring 2 RSA 542 Investigation of Current Interscholastic Athletics Issues
  RSA 544 Practicum in Interscholastic Sport
Summer 2 RSA 521 Public Relations in Recreation & Sport
  RSA 543 Sports Medicine Administration for Interscholastic Athletics

 

 

NOTE: Course schedules are subject to change.

Eligibility Requirements and the Application Process

Financial Aid includes grants, scholarships and loans for educational purposes. To qualify for federal student aid you must meet certain requirements. General eligibility requirements can be reviewed on the Federal Student Aid website. Here are a few basics to keep in mind:

  • Your eligibility is determined through an application process. So, your first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Even if you doubt your eligibility, apply. Approximately 90% of those who apply qualify for some form of aid. View a step-by-step guide through the application process.
  • Online learning courses are treated the same as face-to-face courses. If your application is approved, you may elect to take web, on demand or face-to-face courses. Distance courses through On Demand require same semester completion and an On Demand Agreement.
  • You must be classified as a degree-seeking student to qualify. Degree seeking normally refers to an associate, baccalaureate or master degree. However, some stand-alone certificates are eligible.
  • Certificate Eligibility: As a general rule, if you are seeking an undergraduate certificate (certificate only; no degree), the program must require at least 16 credit hours, 15 weeks of instruction and be clearly tied to a profession. If you are seeking a graduate certificate (certificate only; no degree), the program must require at least 8 credit hours, 10 weeks of instruction and be clearly tied to a profession. For additional information on certificate eligibility, please email fa.questions@wku.edu. Certificates may also be earned in conjunction with degrees at the associate, baccalaureate and master levels.
  • You must be registered at least half-time to receive aid (6 credit hours for undergrad students; 4.5 credit hours for grad students).
  • You must meet federal and state regulations regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible. View the complete SAP Policy.

Veterans and Active Military

WKU is a military friendly school. Veterans and active military are required to file additional forms for military tuition assistance. The Office of Veterans Affairs unit that helps ensure all appropriate information is on file. Visit the Veterans Affairs office website.

Department Contacts

Brad Stinnett
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator,
School of Kinesiology, Rec. & Sport
Email: brad.stinnett@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-4329

Suzanne Thomas
RSA Student Services Coordinator
WKU School of Kinesiology, Rec. & Sport
Email: suzanne.thomas@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-4109


Cohort Programs

Email: delo.cohorts@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5011


WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 

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 Last Modified 5/23/19