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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 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 degree 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.

For more information, please visit the MA in Sport and Fitness Administration web page.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MA in Sports & Fitness Administration program must meet the following qualifications:

  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 Institution 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.

Completed applications for the SFAP must include:

  1. Three academic/professional letters of reference.
  2. Current resume. 
  3. Statement of professional goals and interests.
  4. Application Fee ($65 domestic applications/$95 international applicants)
  5. Additional information on documentation required for international students, including details on showing English language proficiency, can be found on the International Graduate Student website.

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this degree: 36.0

The following represents minimal expectations regarding the completion of the MA in Sport and Fitness Administration in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

  • A minimum of 36.0 Credit Hours is required and transfer students must complete at least 27.0 Credit Hours at the University of Houston after admission to the graduate program.
  • A common core of 12.0 Credit Hours is required of all students.
    • This requirement normally is fulfilled during the first 18 .0 Credit Hours taken at the university.
  • Students must take a minimum of 15.0 Credit Hours of Progam Emphasis Courses. 
  • Students are allowed to take a maximum of 9.0 Credit Hours of Elective coursework that must be approved by their faculty advisor.
  • A comprehensive examination or completion of a master’s thesis is a requirement for this program.
    • The comprehensive exam will typically be taken in the student’s final term.

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 18.0 Credit Hours of required coursework is completed. A student must be enrolled in coursework during the term in which the examination is to be taken.

The comprehensive examination is comprised of 4 questions. One question is derived from the material covered in in each of the four the Core courses: PEP 6305, PEP 6321, PEP 7306,  and PEP 7307. The student must pass the comprehensive examination satisfactorily before the Master of Arts in Sport and Fitness Administration degree is awarded.

Program Emphasis Courses

At least 15 hours

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