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Sport Administration (SPAD)

The Sport Administration concentration provides students with knowledge and skills necessary for careers in the sport industry. The degree helps prepare students to work in such fields as sport marketing & promotions, sporting event and/or facility management & operations, sports communication & media relations, and other administrative areas at the professional, collegiate, and recreational levels of the industry. The program seeks to combine classroom education with hands-on experience, as all students will complete both a practicum and an internship in the sport industry prior to graduation. Students choosing a concentration in Sport Administration take core courses in the Department of Kinesiology (such as Sport Law and Sport Funding) and then choose either the Business, Communication, or Foreign Language cognate field.


  • Community college transfer hours may not exceed 62 hours toward this curriculum.  
  • Please review, print, and bring your CAPP compliance to each advisement meeting (see MSU MyState)  
  • It is each student’s responsibility to determine and obtain coursework required for any post-graduate studies and communicate those requirements with his/her advisor.  
  • Any questions regarding curriculum or advisement can be answered by logging onto http://mycourses.msstate.edu and searching the Kinesiology Advisement Hub (or http://canvas.msstate.edu after Spring 2019)  
  • General Education Requirements and MSU Course Catalog may be found by typing in a search within the MSU homepage at https://www.msstate.edu
  • Printable SPAD Curriculum

*Note: Courses in bold are those for which you must complete previous prerequisite courses before enrolling.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (38 hrs) Hrs
ENGLISH (6 hours)  
EN 1103 English Comp 1 (prereq.: ACT English score 17 or above or EN 0103) OR EN 1163 Accelerated Comp 1 (prereq: ACT English score 29 or above) 3
EN 1113 English Comp 2 (prereq: English Comp I or Accelerated Comp I) OR EN 1173 Accelerated Comp II (prereq.: Accelerated Comp 1 or ACT English score 28 or higher) 3
FINE ARTS (3 hours)  
PE 1323 History & Appreciation of Dance Or other Gen. Ed. Fine Arts (see Gen. Ed. Requirements: Fine Arts) 3
MATH (6 hours)  
MA 1313 College Algebra (prereq: ACT Math subscore 19 or prereq. grade of C or better in MA 0103) 3
MA 1613 Calculus for Business & Life Science (prereq.: ACT Math subscore 24 or a grade of C or better in MA 1313) 3
SCIENCES (10 hours):  
BIO 1004 Anatomy & Physiology (usually taught in the Spring) 4
Approved Lab science (see Gen. Ed. Requirements: Natural Science = must have lab) 3-4
Approved Natural Science (see Gen. Ed. Requirements: Natural Science) 3-4
HUMANITIES (6 hrs)  
Choose 1 Gen. Ed. Humanities (see Gen. Ed. Requirements: Humanities) 3
Choose 1 Gen. Ed. Humanities (see Gen. Ed. Requirements: Humanities) 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES (6 hrs)  
SO 1003 Intro to Sociology 3
EC 2113 Macroeconomics 3

 

KINESIOLOGY CORE COURSES (12 hours) Hrs
EP 2013 Fundamentals of Kinesiology (suggested completion by end of Freshman year) 3
EP 3233 Anatomical Kinesiology 3
PE 1000 Play, Fitness and Physical Activity (a 3 hr. course) OR choose 3, 1-hour P.E. activity courses (see MSU Course Catalog for descriptions. PE 1191 is not an option) 3
Choose 1 Kinesiology Core Course Selection below (see MSU Course Catalog for descriptions/options) SS 4003 Philosophy of Sport & Physical Activity, SS 4303 Globalization & Sport, PE 3163 Sport Psychology EP 3183 Exercise Psychology 3

 

SPORT ADMINISTRATION CONCENTRATION COURSES (30 hrs) Hrs
SS 2003 Foundations of Sport Mgmt 3
SS 2103 Sport Careers and Practicum (Prerequisite: SS 2003) 3
SS 3103 Sport Sponsorship 3
SS 3203 Sport Law 3
SS 3403 Facil & Event Mgmt 3
SS 4103 Ethics in Sport Mgmt 3
SS 4203 Funding of Sport 3
SS 4803 Seminar in Sports Studies (Prerequisite: Senior standing) 3
SS 4396 Sports Studies Internship (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor) 6

 

SPORT ADMINISTRATION ELECTIVES (15 hrs.) choose 5 courses from this approved list Hrs
SS 3303 Communication Management in Sport 3
SS 3503 Sport and Rec Leadership (Prerequisite: SS 2003) 3
SS 3603 Program Planning-Sport & Rec (Prerequisite: SS 2003) 3
SS 3703 Contemporary Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics (Prerequisite: SS 2003) 3
SS 3903 Anct.Medi. Sport History 3
SS 4000 Directed Individual Study 3
SS 4003 Phil. Sport & Physical Act. 3
SS 4403 Gender & Sport 3
SS 4503 Sport Promotion & Sales Mgmt (Prerequisite: SS 3103) 3
PE 3163 Sport Psychololgy 3
PE 3313 Sport Physiology (Prerequisite: BIO 1004 or BIO 3004) 3
PE 4283 Sport Biomechanics (Prerequisite: BIO 1004 or BIO 3004) 3
KI 2213 Emergency Health Care 3
SO 4333 Sociology of Sports (Prerequisite: SO 1003 and Junior standing) 3

 

COGNATE OPTION (choose 1 option from Business, Communication or Foreign Language (French, German, or Spanish) Hrs
BUSINESS OPTION (25 hours) + 5 hours of Free Electives  
ACC 2013 Financial Accounting 3
ACC 2023 Managerial Accounting (Prerequisite: ACC 2013) 3
MA 2113 Intro to Statistics (Prerequisite: ACT Math subscore 24, or grade of C or better in MA 1313) 3
EC 2123 Microeconomics (Prerequisite: Sophomore standing) 3
MKT 3013 Principles of Marketing (Prerequisite: Junior standing) 3
FIN 3113 Financial Systems (Prerequisite: EC 2113, EC 2123, or AEC 2713) 3
FIN 3123 Financial Management (Prerequisite: EC 2123, ACC 2013, and BQA 2113) 3
MGT 3114 Principles of Management & Production (Prerequisite: EC 2113, BQA 2113 and Junior standing) 3
COMMUNICATION OPTION (24 hours) + 6 hours of Free Electives  
CO 1223 Intro to Communication Theory 3
CO 1403 Intro to Mass Media 3
CO 2333 Television Production (Prerequisite: CO 1403) 3
CO 2413 Intro to News Writing & Reporting (Prerequisite: EN 1113 or EN 1173 with a C or better) 3
CO 3313 News Writing for the Electronic Media (Prerequisite: CO 2413 with a C or better) 3
CO 3423 Feature Writing (Prerequisite: CO 2413 with a C or better) 3
CO 3713 Digital Communication (Prerequisite: CO 2413 with a C or better or CO 3313 with a C or better or consent of instructor) 3
CO 3803 Principles of Public Relations 3
Foreign Language: FRENCH OPTION (26 hours) + 4 hours of Free Electives  
FLF 1113 French I 3
FLF 1123 French II (Prerequisite: FLF 1113) 3
FLF 2133 French III (Prerequisite: FLF 1123) 3
FLF 2143 French IV (Prerequisite: FLF 2133) 3
FLF 3114 Advanced French Composition (Prerequisite: FLF 2143, FLF 2125 or consent of instructor) 4
FLF 3124 Advanced French Conversation (Prerequisite: FLF 2143, FLF 2125 or consent of instructor) 4
FLF 3143 French Civilization (Prerequisite: FLF 2143, FLF 2125 or consent of instructor) 3
FLF 3313 Business French I (Prerequisite: FLF 2143, FLF 2125 or consent of instructor) 3
Foreign Language: GERMAN OPTION (26 hours) + 4 hours of Free Electives  
FLG 1113 German I 3
FLG 1123 German II (Prerequisite: FLG 1113) 3
FLG 2133 German III (Prerequisite: FLG 1123) 3
FLG 2143 German IV (Prerequisite: FLG 2133) 3
FLG 3114 Advanced German Composition (Prerequisite: FLG 2143 or consent of instructor) 4
FLG 3124 Advanced German Conversation (Prerequisite: FLG 2143 or consent of instructor) 4
FLG 3143 German Civilization (Prerequisite: FLG 2143) 3
FLG 3313 Business German I (Prerequisite: FLG 2143) 3
Foreign Language: SPANISH OPTION (26 hours) + 4 hours of Free Electives  
FLS 1113 Spanish I 3
FLS 1123 Spanish II (Prerequisite: FLS 1113) 3
FLS 2133 Spanish III (Prerequisite: FLS 1123) 3
FLS 2143 Spanish IV (Prerequisite: FLS 2133) 3
FLS 3113 Advanced Spanish Comp. (Prerequisite: FLS 2143 or FLS 2125) and FLS 3111 Advanced Spanish Lab (Prerequisite: FLS 2143 or FLS 2125) 4
FLS 3233 Advanced Spanish Conversation (Prerequisite: FLS 2143) and FLS 3121 Advanced Spanish Conversation Practicum (Prerequisite: FLS 2143 or consent of department) 4
FLS 3143 Hispanic Civilization (Prerequisite: FLS 2143 or FLS 2125) 3
FLS 3313 Economics of the Spanish-Speaking World (Prerequisite: FLS 2143) 3