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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Sport and Fitness Administration, MA

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  > Department of Health and Human Performance  > Sport and Fitness Administration, MA

The Sport and Fitness Administration Program (SFAP) graduate program provides its students with a comprehensive program of study which integrates theoretical concepts and practical application of management strategies. Cognizant of the diverse demands of the sport/fitness industry and the economic projections within the field, the SFAP is well positioned to address the burgeoning needs of a sport conscious society. Its strategic location in the city of Houston and state of Texas affords students a wealth of opportunities.

Graduates of the program seek placement in a variety of sport and fitness settings including golf country clubs, professional sports franchises, television, university athletic programs, municipal recreation programs, and corporate wellness programs. Emerging topical issues within the program will include metropolitan revitalization through sport and urban fitness.

 Current Admission Requirements:

  1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
    • Applicants may also be considered for conditional admission with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.6.
  2. Acceptable scores on the GRE submitted to Instituition Code 6870.
    •  Typically expected scores are above the 30th percentile on the quantitative and verbal sections with at least a 3.5 on the analytical writing section.
    •  GRE scores more than 5 years old are not valid.
  3. Three academic/professional letters of reference.
  4. Current resume. 
  5. Statement of professional goals and interests.

International Students

International students International students who do not hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a United States college must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom need not submit TOEFL scores. 

Degree Requirements

The following represents minimal expectations regarding the completion of the M.A. in Sport and Fitness Administration in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  A minimum of 36 semester credit hours is required and transfer students must complete at least 27 semester credit hours at the University of Houston after admission to the graduate program.

  1. Students must earn all semester hours, and successfully pass the departmental comprehensive examination, within the five years prior to graduation.
  2. With the approval of the advisor, up to nine semester hours of transfer credit may be accepted.
  3. A minimum 3.00 grade point average (A=4.00) is required in all transfer and subsequent work.
  4. A common core of nine semester hours is required of all students.  This requirement normally is fulfilled during the first 18 semester hours taken at the university.
  5. A comprehensive examination is a requirement for this program and will typically be taken in the student’s final semester.

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive examination is required for all students seeking the Master of Arts in Sport and Fitness Administration degree, except for those planning on completing a research-based thesis.  Upon approval by the student’s faculty advisor, the comprehensive examination may be taken at any time after eighteen hours of required coursework is completed.  A student must be enrolled in coursework during the semester in which the examination is to be taken.

The comprehensive examination is comprised of 4 questions.  Two questions are derived from the material covered in the Core:  PEP 6305  and either PEP 6306  , PEP 7303  or PEP 7312  . The remaining two questions are derived from the Program Area Emphasis in consultation with faculty advisor. The student must pass the comprehensive examination satisfactorily before the Master of Arts in Sport and Fitness Administration degree is awarded.

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