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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Kinesiology and Sport Management (M.A.)

Program Overview

Prepare for careers in corporate fitness, management, facility operations, performance enhancement, and athletic administration. The exercise science specialization (on campus) focuses on human performance training and aligns with the guidelines of the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). The sport management specialization provides expertise in the business of sport for careers as an athletic director, event coordinator or facility manager. The Master’s degree is offered with the option of Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis). Learn more at usd.edu/ksm.

DELIVERY: On campus | Online

Master of Arts, Kinesiology and Sport Management-Exercise Science Specialization Only, Plan A (thesis): Total 30 credit hours

Core Coursework (12 credit hours)

Exercise Science Specialization (18 credit hours)

Note: The Master of Kinesiology in Sport Management, Plan A is only offered with the Exercise Science Specialization.

Master of Arts, Kinesiology and Sport Management-Exercise Science Specialization, Plan B (non-thesis): Total 30 credit hours

Master of Arts, Kinesiology and Sport Management-Sport Management Specialization, Plan B (non-thesis): Total 30 credit hours

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Admission test scores*
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For specific program requirements and submission deadline, visit: catalog.usd.edu.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Division of Kinesiology and Sport Management
605-658-5551 | ksm@usd.edu | usd.edu/ksm

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6200 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad