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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.

Master Your Sport Management Skills

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.

You will also 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 (M.A.)

  Vermillion Main Campus and Online

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

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

Master's with Specialization
  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: Sport Management (M.A.)

Master's with Specialization
  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 to accommodate working professionals.

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Graduate Admissions

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Each program has unique application requirements and deadlines. Be sure and consult the graduate catalog for detailed program information. It will ensure your application and materials are complete and submitted on time. To learn more about the application process, visit how to apply.

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.
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Student Opportunities

The academic opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Visit our department webpage for more information about the experiences and resources you can look forward to at USD.


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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 Ammon

Division Chair, KSM
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Christina Dyer

Adjunct Instructor
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Jessie Daw

Adjunct Instructor
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Zack Damon

Adjunct Instructor
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Laura Kruger

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Chase Merfeld

Adjunct Instructor
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Andrea Powell

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Drew Pickett

Assistant Professor
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Nancy Reemts

Senior Secretary
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Aimee Shea

Adjunct Instructor
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Claudette Vaughn MS, RD

Adjunct Instructor
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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.

Take classes at your own pace, enroll in an online class today! 


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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. 
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More About Tuition & Fees

This is an estimate tuition rate* per credit hour and other factors such as special fees associated with your program may change the cost of tuition. Tuition rates are subject to change. 

If you are wondering about how to pay for graduate school, there are additional funding options to consider.

Alum success story

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The sport management program at USD provided a unique experience that I won’t forget. It revealed a passion for sports that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Morgan Lunz

B.S. Sport Management, Mass Communications '14
Executive Assistant to the President, Sportsdigita
Edina, Minnesota

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