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MA in Organizational Development and Leadership - Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management Specialization

The Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management program at University of the Rockies is designed to help prepare students for managerial careers in sports organizations or related industries. Read on for more information about this master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management

School Offering Program:

University of the Rockies; School of Organizational Leadership

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

A love of sports and possession of a bachelor's degree, perhaps in sports management or business administration, are important for aspiring students of this program. Applicants to University of the Rockies' programs must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an equivalent international degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. If you enter with a bachelor's degree earned with a grade point average of 2.0 to 2.99, you will be placed on Academic Watch. Some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Students of the Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management program at University of the Rockies are provided the opportunity to learn about sports operations, marketing strategies, and financial management. Specialization courses could focus on sports management theories, promotional strategies, fundraising methods, budgeting practices, athletic brand management, sports facilities management, and the impact of sports on society. In core courses, students could study personnel recruiting and training practices, team leadership, organizational theories and behaviors, change management, and performance assessment methods. A comprehensive exam consisting of essay questions must be completed by all students at the end of this program.

Learning Format:

Online and Denver

Program Length:

39 credits

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Aid opportunities include scholarships, federal financial aid programs, and veterans benefits programs.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership, Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management Specialization:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact University of the Rockies to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses

  • ORG 6504: Leadership & Management (3 credits)
  • ORG 6523: Teams in Organizations (3 credits)
  • ORG 6503: Organizational Theories & Systems (3 credits)
  • ORG 6506: Leading Organizational Change (3 credits)
  • ORG 6534: Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • ORG 5100: Assessment - Tests & Measurements (3 credits)
  • ORG 6405: Applied Research Methods (3 credits)
  • ORG 6740: Sport, Fitness, & Wellness Management (3 credits)
  • ORG 6742: Fundraising & Financial Concepts in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness Management (3 credits)
  • ORG 6745: Marketing in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness (3 credits)
  • ORG 6747: Facilities Management in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness (3 credits)
  • ORG 6750: Legal Concepts & Personnel Leadership in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness (3 credits)
  • ORG 6752: Sociological Aspects & Ethical Issues in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness (3 credits)
  • Completion of Comprehensive Exam

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates interested in expanding their skills and knowledge beyond the master's degree level might consider entering a doctoral program after earning the Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management. This terminal degree could help to prepare students for academic, research, or senior executive positions in the field.

Doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • PsyD with a specialization in Mental Health Administration
  • PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership
  • PsyD with a specialization in Organizational Leadership

Career Paths:

After completing the University of the Rockies' Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management, graduates could explore directorial or upper management opportunities in college or professional sports organizations, fitness clubs, or community sports programs. They might also explore similar opportunities in corporate fitness programs, sporting goods stores, or sports equipment manufacturing companies.

Jobs graduates could pursue include:

  • Athletic events coordinator / manager
  • Athletic trainer
  • Postsecondary recreation and fitness studies teacher
  • General or operations manager
  • Gaming and sports book writers and runner
  • Amusement and recreation attendant

Special Terms and Conditions: The Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional. University of the Rockies does not represent that this program meets certification or licensure requirements in any state. It is the student's responsibility to review any state certification or licensure requirements in their intended field of employment.