Sports Medicine Colleges, Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Sports medicine colleges offer educational programs at multiple degree levels. Depending on a student's career goals, he or she will want to choose either a master's degree program or medical school. Both routes prepare students to work with athletes.

How to Select a Sports Medicine Program

Sports medicine programs require an undergraduate degree. Both master's degree and medical school programs are available through 4-year colleges and universities.

Consider the following when looking for a sports medicine program:

  • Sports medicine may be studied in a master's program or at a medical school.
  • If a student chooses a master's degree program, consideration can be given to finding a program that offers the option of specializing in one specific aspect of sports medicine
  • When choosing a medical school students should consider asking about clinical rotations and opportunities to study under sports medicine physicians.
  • Students who are more interested in research will want to consider a research-focused institution with a thesis requirement and students who are more interested in clinical practice should consider programs with a clinical focus.

Sports Medicine Program Overviews

Master's Degree in Sports Medicine

Students learn to evaluate current research in sports medicine and apply it to their clients' needs. Some programs allow students to develop a specialty in coaching, sports hospitality management or National Collegiate Athletic Association compliance. Programs with a thesis requirement have advisers that mentor students as they conduct original research, present their findings at conferences and possibly prepare their studies for publication. Programs may provide internship opportunities. Applicants need a bachelor's degree and GRE scores. In 2-year master's degree programs, students study:

  • Sports psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Coaching
  • Assessment of biomechanics and physiology

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Specialty in Sports Medicine

Most medical schools have similar curricula for the first 3-4 years, but differ in teaching style and class size. During the final two years, students complete clinical rotations in different areas of medicine. Students with an interest in sports medicine will want to apply for residencies and fellowships in sports medicine after graduating from medical school. Applicants to medical schools will need comprehensive education at the bachelor's degree level in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, along with scores on the MCAT. Medical students take science and medical courses, including:

  • Endocrinology
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology

10 Schools with Degrees in Sports Management

College/UniversityInstitution Type
Armstrong State University4-year, Public
University of Pittsburgh4-year, Public
University of Western States 4-year, Private
University of Utah4-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University4-year, Public
Ohio State University4-year, Public
Georgia State University4-year, Public
Michigan State University 4-year, Public
Drexel University4-year, Private
University of Missouri-Kansas City4-year, Public

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