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M.S. Concentration in Sport Administration

The master's degree concentration in sports administration is designed for individuals who are preparing for careers in administration of intercollegiate and interscholastic sport and recreation programs.  Internships are available at local high schools, college/university settings, and other sports-related organizations and agencies.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete all MSU and KIN requirements for the M.S. degree, including KIN 871-research methods, area of concentration, breadth requirement, and capstone (thesis, project, internship, or courses-only with certifying exam).

The exact program of study is specified in an individual program plan approved by the student's guidance committee. Typical courses in the sports administration concentration include:

  • KIN 453 - Administration of Intramural Sports Programs (3 credits)
  • KIN 454 - Facility Planning and Construction (3 credits)
  • KIN 482 - Ethics in Athletics in Higher Education (2 credits) (3 credits)
  • KIN 853 - Athletic Administration in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • KIN 854 - Sport Law for Administrators and Coaches (3 credits)
  • KIN 890 - Independent Study in Kinesiology (1-6 credits)
  • KIN 894 - Field Experiences in Kinesiology (1-6 credits)

The following courses are frequently selected as electives:

  • EAD 800 - Organization Theory in Education (3 credits)
  • EAD 803 - Planning, Budget, and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • EAD 804 - Administration of Human Resources in Education (3 credits)
  • EAD 805 - Administration in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • MSC 805 - Marketing Management (3 credits)
  • PRR 870 - Park & Recreation Marketing (3 credits)

Consult the Academic Programs and Description of Courses catalogs for a full listing of academic programs and courses.


Expectations of KIN master's degree students are individualized because of the different concentrations offered within the department and the students' various educational goals. Commonalities in expectations of master's degree students include: (a) professional growth and involvement; (b) demonstrated ability to teach within the context of the student's chosen field; and (c) knowledge and skill as a consumer of research. Students who intend to pursue doctoral study or research careers are also expected to develop ability to plan, conduct, and disseminate research. Departmental expectations related to that goal are described in Expectations of M.S. Students, and related learning experiences are described in Professional Development Opportunities. These expectations are individualized for students during advising and guidance committee meetings.


Graduate Studies Secretary
Department of Kinesiology
27J IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 355-4736
Fax: (517) 355-1689

Contact Information

Dr. Rick McNeil is the coordinator of the sport administration concentration. Contact him for additional information. Based upon your interests and academic needs, he may refer you to other KIN faculty members.

Dr. Rick McNeil
Department of Kinesiology
102 IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 432-1514
Fax: (517) 432-2426