The Master of Science in Leisure and Sport Management helps prepare individuals to
lead leisure and sport organizations, to support the expansion of the leisure and
sport industries, and to conduct research that advances the body of knowledge in these
disciplines. Students choose between two concentrations: Recreation and Leisure Services or Sport Industry. Master's students complete either a thesis or a professional project/internship. An
advanced doctoral degree with a specialization in Leisure Studies is also offered
by the Department of Health and Human Performance. A limited number of graduate teaching
assistantships, research assistantships, scholarships, and doctoral fellowships are
available in addition to other forms of financial aid.
Sport Management grads find top jobs with Jubenville’s help
Dr. Colby Jubenville, Sport Management graduate director, is committed to helping
each student get placed in the sport industry. As special assistant to the dean for
student success and strategic partnership, Jubenville is in a unique position to coach
students as they transition from pre-professional to professional. “Dr. Jubenville
helped me find my unique skill set that allowed me break into sports and have immediate
success,” says Anthony Dudley, Nashville Sports Council marketing manager. “His vision
and teaching style open my eyes to a new way of thinking that made me stand out in
the competitive sport market.” Students who worked under his mentorship can be found
in high-profile sports properties across the nation including the Tennessee Titans,
Vanderbilt athletics, the University of Alabama, Talladega Motor Speedway, and numerous
NCAA college football programs. Jubenville has been an invited speaker to such events
as the Nashville Predators Breaking Into Sports, the Atlanta Falcons Career Expo, the USF Sport Lecture Series, and Career Opportunities in Sports.
Dunlap studies effects of health promotion, community gardens
Dr. Rudy Dunlap, coordinator of MTSU's Sport and Leisure Management graduate program,
is working with the Murfreesboro City Schools to evaluate nutrition and wellness education
among elementary students. Murfreesboro City Schools uses the Growing Healthy Habits
Curriculum that focuses primarily on healthy food choices and ties in with educational
gardens at several of its campuses. Dunlap and Dr. Claire Cook, Human Sciences professor,
are trying to evaluate the extent to which nutrition education affects students’ behavior
in their home environments as well as the behavior of their parents. Given the role
of parents in determining children’s eating patterns, it is vital to understand how
nutrition and wellness education interact with the home environment. A former Texas
A&M faculty member, Dunlap's recent research has studied urban agriculture such as
community and neighborhood gardening and its effects on community development.
A Master of Science (M.S.) in Leisure and Sport Management, with concentrations in
Sport Industry and in Recreation and Leisure Services, is one of three master’s degrees
available from MTSU’s Department of Health and Human Performance.
Applicants must have
- a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.
- at least 18 hours at bachelor’s or master’s level in courses related to the selected
concentration (e.g., foundations of leisure and sport management, management practices,
financial management and marketing, program planning).
- an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken.
- acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.
The Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies program is a major leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a general
core accredited through the Council on Accreditation: Parks, Recreation, Tourism and
Related Professions (COAPRT). Students may choose courses from tracks in recreation
administration, outdoor recreation, sport studies, and tourism studies.
The Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies program does not require a minor; however,
possible choices include Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Communication Disorders,
Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health
and Human Performance, or Recreation.
Other programs offered by HHP
The Health and Human Performance Department also offers an M.S. in Exercise Science and an M.P.H. in Public Health with concentrations in Health and in Physical Education.
A doctoral program leads to the Ph.D. in Human Performance degree, with specializations in Exercise Science, Health, Kinesmetrics, Leisure Studies,
or Physical Education.
Undergraduate majors in the department can attain a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Athletic Training; Exercise Science; Community and Public Health (concentrations in Community and Public Health or Health Education and Lifetime Wellness); Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies; or Physical Education. Both a B.S. and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree are available in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
The department offers undergraduate minors in Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Driver
and Traffic Safety Education, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human
Performance, Recreation, and Somatic Movement Education, and Speech-Language Pathology