2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sport and Recreation Administration (M.S.)

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

Program Coordinator/Contact

Bryan Romsa, EdD, Associate Professor
School of Health and Consumer Sciences
Wagner Hall 425, Box 2275A

Program Information

The Sport and Recreation Administration program at South Dakota State University prepares students to become dynamic leaders in intercollegiate athletics as well as campus and community recreation. The curriculum and internship experiences will educate students in management, marketing, communications, facilities, finance, ethics and legal issues, research, and much more. In addition to their experiential learning opportunities in their coursework, students will gain valuable real world experiences with our industry partners both on and off campus. Students graduating from the program will be equipped with a skill set that can be directly applied to a wide range of exciting career possibilities.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Management and ethical leadership: Students will understand a foundation in advanced principles and procedures of management and ethical leadership (e.g., administration, marketing, finance and budgeting) for the delivery of sport and recreation management.
  • Effective communication: Students will develop effective writing and oral communication skills within the professional guidelines appropriate to graduate study in the field.
  • Research: Develop effective writing and oral communication skills within the professional guidelines appropriate to graduate study in the field.
  • Diversity awareness: Demonstrate an appreciation of individual differences, civic responsibility and engagement, ethical issues and all dimensions of diversity.
  • Experiential learning: Demonstrate the ability to apply the disciplinary knowledge and skills in experiential learning endeavors.

Course Delivery Format

The program consists of lecture and experiential learning opportunities.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

The School of Health and Consumer Sciences aims to provide premier academic programs and high-quality services to students. A limited number of research and teaching assistantships and scholarships may be available to qualified graduate students.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Science Option A - Thesis 32 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 33 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 36 Credit Hours

Select one of the following options

Option A - Thesis

Option B - Research/Design Paper

Option C - Coursework Only

Total Required Credits: 32 (Option A), 33 (Option B), 36 (Option C)

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: 79-80 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 8.5
IELTS:  6.5
Duolingo: 110

Students seeking admission to graduate study must apply electronically by completing the Online Graduate School Application. Applications require the following in order to be complete: 

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Official transcripts of all previously established academic records (undergraduate and graduate) sent directly to SDSU from the academic institution. Applicants who attended a South Dakota Regental Institution do not need to take any action, as the Graduate School will access any transcripts for you.
  3. A one-page personal statement identifying applicant aspirations and goals for the profession. If interested in an assistantship, please also identify what you would like to be considered for, as well as, provide a description of the skills and abilities that would qualify you for the assistantship. 
  4. Two professional references
  5. Submission of $35 application fee, paid through the online application system at the time of application submission. 

Applications are due by March 31st. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty within the program to determine interest and ability to accept graduate students. 

General Requirements

Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.

For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .