A New Master’s Degree Program in Sports Administration

Offered on campus, online and at off-campus locations

Teaneck, NJ (October 20, 2008) — A new master’s degree program in sports administration will begin in January, 2009, at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“The new Master of Sports Administration degree program will fill a very important regional and national need,” said FDU’s Dean Kenneth T. Vehrkens. “Fairleigh Dickinson University is surrounded by professional teams, Division I and Division III college programs, as well as high school and community recreation programs, and they will provide valuable internship programs for students in our program.”

This new graduate program will help meet a growing need in the area of sports and recreation. There is an estimated 6.1 percent growth in organized sports and an expected growth of over 29 percent in the recreation and fitness occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards.

The New Jersey Presidents’ Council Executive Board approved the new degree proposal in late September. The proposal consultant was Dr. Charles R. Brown, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Brown concluded that the program is “contemporarily relevant, academically sound, intellectually rigorous, and well structured and supported. “

Classes begin on January 12, 2009, at FDU’s two New Jersey campuses as well as in Eatontown and Trenton. Starting on January 25, this program will be offered online.

The advisory board includes George Martin, 14-year veteran and former captain of the football Giants, who is vice president for sports marketing at AXA Financial Services; Dave Szott, a 12-year veteran of the NFL with the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins who is the director of player development for the New York Jets; and Jay Horwitz, vice president of media relations for the New York Mets.

The 36-credit program at FDU includes 15 credits of required courses, 15 credits in a specialization and six credits of electives.  Students can specialize in sports administration, coaching or recreation.

The sports administration specialization focuses on individuals who work—or would like to work—in professional and amateur sports. It is for those interested in little league through college level activities and from the amateur to semi-professional and professional competitions.   Students selecting this specialization need to be aware of operating facilities, marketing and promotion events, player interaction and team development.
In the coaching specialization, individuals interested in coaching athletes at all levels learn methods and theories on how to motivate and develop participants in individual and team activities at all ages and levels of fitness.  In some areas, organized recreational sports are increasing in popularity and accessibility and need individuals who understand coaching methodologies to help develop young athletes.   

The recreation specialization includes the broad range of sports activities within a community.  The state, counties, and local communities have park and recreation programs available to individuals of different ages and physical capabilities. Individuals involved in this area need to have knowledge of facility operations as well as program development.

To learn more about this new master’s in sports administration program, visit http://www.fdu.edu/msa  , e-mail msa@fdu.edu or call 201 692 6522.

For Immediate Release

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