General Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, MAED (Sports Administration)

Masters of Arts in Education Degree in General Kinesiology and Sports Sciences with a Specialization in Sports Administration

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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Program Overview

The online General Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, MAED with specialization in Sports Administration is designed for current and aspiring professionals working in sports administration or coaching fields.

Students choose this program to:

  • Gain advanced knowledge in sports management, recreation or coaching.
  • Become equipped to manage and provide leadership in sports.
  • A comprehensive curriculum allows students to gain knowledge in budgeting, grant writing, marketing and sport and recreation law. Through the program, students will develop the skills needed to lead and manage within a sports organization or athletic program.

Students may choose from either a thesis or non-thesis option.

This program offers two different specializations that students can choose from, including coaching and sports administration.

Career Outlook:

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for coaches and scouts is growing at a rate of 11%, much faster than the average for all occupations. This demand is primarily attributed to the increase of participation in high school and college sports.

Career opportunities include:

  • Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Sales
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Fitness Center Manager

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A written personal statement

    Personal essay regarding the student's career goals directly related to the specific program of study (and chosen specialization area).

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PE 801PPsychology of Sport3
Study of psychological principles and theories as applied to physical education and athletics. Motor learning, motivation, personality, roles of participants, coaches and spectators will be among topics discussed.
HIST 848Readings in American History3
A variable themed graduate level course. Topics in American history will include both key issues and periods in history as well as historiographical disputes. May be repeated for credit. Some examples of course topics are: Age of Jackson, American Borderlands, American Constitutional History, American Religion, American West, American Women's History, Civil Rights, Civil War, Cold War, Colonial America, Great Depression, Hispanics in America, Historical Preservation, Indians & Empires, Modern West, Native American History, Nebraska History, Plains Indians, Popular Music, Popular Culture, Public History, Reconstruction, Revolutionary Origins, Sports History, U.S. Latin American Relations, World War II, etc.
PE 802PSociology of Sports Activities3
The impact of sports and recreation on society, community and the individual, and the impact of these institutions on sports.
EDAD 875Activities Director3
This course deals with the roles and responsibilities of the interscholastic Activities Director. Emphasis will be placed on the philosophies that are required for the Activities Director in the educational setting. The course will cover the skills and prerequisites for the school activities administrator, as well as legal issues, activities policies, finances, sportsmanship initiatives, and the "nuts and bolts" tasks of the school Activities Director.
PE 822PFacilities for Sports and Recreation3
Principles for planning indoor and outdoor facilities, materials, standards, programs, liability, and maintenance will be discussed. Visits to modern facilities will be arranged.
PE 800Philosophy of PE, Sports, Recreation and Coaching3
Will look at the historical backgrounds and philosophic bases from which contemporary physical education, recreation, sports and coaching has evolved. Students will also explore current issues in the areas of physical education, recreation, sport and coaching.
PE 807Governance and Ethics in Sport3
This course is designed to give sports management students understanding and background in compliance and its relationship to amateurism, gender equity, fair competition, and the legislative process within the sport governance structure. This course will provide an understanding of the principles, applications and techniques of formulating policy, rules interpretations, and enforcement.
PE 830Management and Leadership in Athletics and Coaching3
This course is designed to emphasize the desirable skills needed for an administrator in the areas of sport, athletic training, recreation, and coaching. Topics to be covered will include management, leadership, organizational development, administration principles, policies and procedures, communication and legal aspects.
PE 850Research Method in Kinesiology & Sport Sciences3
Knowledge of research terminology, methodology and applications in research for the areas of Kinesiology and sport.
PE 803PFinancing Sport3
Techniques in the application of financing sport including budgeting and grantwriting.
PE 825PSport and Recreation Law3
Survey course on the principles and application of legal issues in the areas of sport and recreation.
PE 829PMarketing in Sport and Recreation3
Application and techniques of marketing and promotion in the sport and recreation setting.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 10
  • Spring SemesterNov 10
  • Summer SessionsApr 10