The Graduate Certificate in Sport, Fitness, and Recreation Management focuses on providing individuals with foundational concepts within sport and fitness. An interdisciplinary approach gives students a broad spectrum view of the past, present, and future challenges within sport. Students will learn how to critically analyze current trends, issues, and procedures to formulate new problem-solving approaches within Sport, Fitness, and Recreation. This program provides students the opportunity to demonstrate research-based implementation of leadership principles in work-place settings. Students will be presented with multiple networking opportunities to allow for professional growth and development within the field of leadership.

This graduate certificate is perfect for:

  • Athletic Directors
  • Physical Educators
  • Fitness Professionals
  • Coaches
  • Potential Master’s Students
  • Parks and Recreation Employees

Why You Should Enroll

Sport, Fitness, and Recreation Management is designed for current professionals in athletic administrative positions to increase their understanding of leadership skills and principles. Athletics is a multi-billion dollar industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, sport related jobs will have a double-digit increase in market availability by 2022. Students will be empowered with the transferable skills necessary to understand the demands of an ever-changing business. The certificate offers students the opportunity to be a part of the University of Kentucky tradition, while also advancing a knowledge base in leadership principles including but not limited to: legal issues, policy & governance, and historical foundations of athletics.

Program Details

Delivery Method: We are pleased to offer this 12-credit-hour program fully online!

Credit Hours: 12

Time to Completion: Depending on time and availability, students could expect to finish in six (6) months to one (1) year.

Tuition Cost: Refer to Part-time per Credit Hour Rates for Graduate Students on the UK Tuition and Mandatory Fees page.

Refund Policies: You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.

Curriculum Guide

Core (6 hours)

KHP 686: Sport Manager’s Lab (required)

KHP 687: Practicum in Sport (required)

Guided Elective (3 hours)

*Meets the collaborative requirements for certificate.

EDC 550: Education in a Culturally Diverse Society

EDC 543: Digital Game Based Learning

EDL 669: Leadership for Creative Problem Solving (secondary education athletic admin only)

EPE 684: History of Higher Ed and Athletics

EPE 686: Philanthropy and Higher Education

Electives (3 hours)

KHP 601: Teaching Effectiveness and Leadership in Kinesiology & Health Promotion

KHP 602: Promoting Physical Activity for Youth

KHP 673: Health Promotion and Behavior Change

KHP 677: Planning Health Promotion Programs

KHP 695: Independent Study

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