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Kinesiology & Sport Management

Master the business of sport and prepare for a career in athletic administration, facility management, corporate fitness, performance enhancement and more.

Become a Master in the Sport Industry

Becoming a leader in the sports industry begins with administrative courses that offer preparation for professional careers in the field. Unlike a general business degree, the master's in kinesiology and sport management a with sport management focus applies the business-related skills learned throughout the curriculum to the unique and important issues specific to the sport industry.  The exercise science specialization is designed to prepare you for a career in the area of human performance training.

Gain insight on current issues in sports, facility management and legal issues in sports depending on the specialization you select. Explore a variety of career opportunities, from doctoral study to securing leadership positions in fields such as collegiate athletics, sport medicine, athletic trainer, sport marketing, community relations and more. Our expert professors will offer mentorship as you design an individualized plan of study that emphasizes the specialization that is most important to you.

Discover how to lead, coach and inspire others to wellness as a kinesiology and sport management student at USD.

Degrees & Offerings

Kinesiology & Sport Management: Sport Management (M.A.)

  Vermillion Main Campus and Online

The sport industry, due to its wide variety of career opportunities, requires unique skill sets including knowledge specific to the sport setting in the areas of marketing, finance, economics, management, communications and law. With the growing demand for a master’s degree in sport management for athletic directors, sport marketers and facility/event managers, our program provides a broad base of knowledge applicable to everything from local recreational leagues to professional teams. This 30 credit hour master's degree does not require a thesis and is offered 100% online or on campus to accommodate working professionals.

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Kinesiology & Sport Management: Exercise Science (M.A.)

  Vermillion Main Campus and Online

The 30 credit hour master's with exercise science specialization offers both a thesis and non-thesis curriculum tracks. You will gain a solid foundation of knowledge and experiences to prepare you for exciting careers in the areas of human performance training and strength & conditioning. The master's program aligns with the guidelines of the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). You can choose to enroll part-time and progress through to graduation within 24 months and/or full-time to complete the program within 12 months.

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Kinesiology & Sport Management (M.A.)

  Vermillion Main Campus and Online

Students in this program must choose an area of specialization in exercise science or sport management.

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Graduate Admissions

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.


As a student at USD, the opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Explore your interests, find your community and experience your education to the fullest extent through the following opportunities.

An Affordable Education

The Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management offers a number of graduate teaching assistantships, which carry a stipend and tuition reduction. As a graduate assistant, you may:

  • Coach student-athletes in the weight room, field, pool, track and more.
  • Provide assistance to the sports medicine staff
  • Assist the events management staff on game days
  • Support audio and video production at the DakotaDome or Sanford Coyote Sports Center
  • Conduct testing and research in the biomechanics lab

Gain valuable real-world, professional experience while enjoying paid employment and discounted tuition rates as a graduate student at USD. The affordability you gain through an assistantship will equip you with valuable, professional-level skills that will set you apart after graduation. 

Teaching and research assistantships are awarded by individual departments. If you do not receive an assistantship within your department, you are eligible for an assistantship outside of your academic program or within support offices (non-academic units) at USD.

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You'll find the mentorship and opportunities you need to study topics that spark your curiosity. Some of our recent master's graduates in the kinesiology and sports management program have crafted their degree plans around the following research areas:

  • Legal Liability in sport
  • Risk management in sport and athletics
  • Creating more inclusive sport and physical activity spaces
  • Differences in gait performance 

At USD, our graduate students are actively pursuing unique research and presenting at local and national conferences exploring innovative areas of interest to them. Additional research and grant opportunities include:

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition provides the opportunity to communicate the significance and impact of your research project in just three minutes.

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Research and Creative Scholarship Opportunities

Each semester students may apply for grants through the USD Graduate School, faculty and students pursue research in virtually all academic departments on campus, and in many cases, it is a required portion of a graduate degree program.

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IdeaFest is an annual event celebrating student research, creative scholarship and academic engagement. Undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines present their work in oral and poster presentations, live performances, readings, exhibits and displays.

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USD is home to more than 170 student organizations, including several that are housed in the Division of Kinesiology and Sport Management. You may be interested in USD Young Professionals of Exercise & Sport to make friends, develop new skills and explore your interests.

USD Young Professionals of Exercise and Sport 

The USD Young Professionals of Exercise and Sport (YPES), an organization for students interested in all areas of kinesiology and sport management. Student interests include exercise science, pre-professional, strength and conditioning and sport management. The group hosts an annual Dye Hard Color Run.

Every semester our group invites industry professionals to come to campus and share their experiences so students can get an inside look at their careers and journey. We have partnered with professionals from Sanford Health System, professional sports teams and pre-professional fields.

Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) Join your fellow graduate and professional students at USD. We aim to build a sense of community between graduate and professional students. Build your resume, network with others and gain experience and the unique opportunity to represent the interests of graduate students to the greater campus and community.

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Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in kinesiology and sport management
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Kinesiology & Sport Management

The Division of Kinesiology & Sport Management offers some of the most popular programs at USD. Home to state-of-the-art technology and nationally-recognized faculty, our division provides students with the networking connections, resources and research opportunities they need to progress in or launch careers in the business and science of movement and sport.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Division of Kinesiology & Sport Management. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in legal liability in sport, risk management in sport and athletics, the role of organizational behaviors in creating more inclusive sport and physical activity spaces, the relationship between gait performance and health disparities, and more.
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Robin Wiebers

Associate Dean, SOE/Lecturer
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Amanda Anderson

Assistant Professor
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Steven Anderson



Exercise Physiology
Strength & Conditioning
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Wendy Johnson



Fitness, Health, Wellness, Sport Management
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Nancy Reemts

Senior Secretary
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Hyung Suk Yang

Assistant Professor
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State-of-the-art Facilities

Located in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on USD's campus in Vermillion, the Division of Kinesiology & Sport Management is home to a $100,000 biomechanics laboratory that offers a wide range of equipment such as a Vicon camera, force plate technology, bod-pod and more. This new lab provides a versatile and supportive climate that provides students with research opportunities and prepares them to be at the cutting edge of their field.

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Unlock Broad Career Opportunities

Master your knowledge and leadership skills as you prepare for your next career opportunity. Students who complete our program are well positioned for leadership roles in a variety of fields, including:


  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Personal Athletic Trainer/Therapist
  • Recreation & Sports Director/Facility Manager
  • Sport Event Management, Marketing & Promotions
  • Interscholastic & Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Community and Sport Public Relations
  • Minor League Sports



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Take Your Classes Online

We're committed to bringing our knowledge to you. USD serves the largest number of online students in the state of South Dakota. With competitive online tuition rates, we offer the same price whether you’re out-of-state or an in-state resident.


USD maintains a challenging and rigorous curriculum focused on preparing you to move forward in your career.


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Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
GA (Resident*)
Tuition (1 cr.)
GAF Fee (1 cr.)

More About Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change and may vary depending on the program or department. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs page for more information.

* Graduate Assistant (GA) rates are available for resident, non-resident and online students.

** Resident rates may be available to you through the SD Advantage, Child of Alumni or Western Regional Graduate Program. To see if you quality, visit usd.edu/grad-tuition.

Alum success story

Lynn Metzger KSM grad student
USD was the best choice because it was close to home, very affordable and is a D1 school. The athletic department is up-and-coming and I am excited about the Kinesiology/Sport Management classrooms located inside the new sports center. This unique hands-on environment and close proximity to the athletes will provide real-world experiences.

Lynn Metzger

Vermillion, South Dakota

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