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College of Allied Health and Nursing
Department of Human Performance

1400 Highland Center
507-389-6313

The strength of the graduate programs in the Department of Human Performance at Minnesota State University rests in flexibility. There are opportunities for students to pursue either the Master of Arts degree in Physical Education. The programs may be structured to the needs of the generalist planning either to enter or return to the public school setting, or for the student who desires specialization. The program affords in-depth study opportunities in the following concentrations: Developmental/Adapted Physical Education, Elementary/Secondary Physical Education, Exercise Science: Cardiac Rehabilitation-Clinical Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology, Sport and Exercise Psychology; and Sport Management.

Excellent interdisciplinary relationships exist across the University in departments offering graduate studies. Students are encouraged, where appropriate, to avail themselves of the various dimensions of expertise. The graduate program also offers a complement of summer classes, facilitating continuity in graduate pursuits.

Admission

The requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research must be completed for admission to program. Applicants must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for unrestricted admission. Provisional admittance may be granted if a student has attained a minimum of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate coursework.

Graduate Assistantships and Financial Aid

The Department of Human Performance employs approximately 30 graduate assistants at stipends up to $9,000 for the academic year. All graduate assistants must be full-time graduate students. Graduate assistants receive a tuition stipend and qualify for in-state tuition rates. Applications for graduate assistantships are accepted until positions are filled, but candidates are encouraged to apply by March 1st for the following fall semester. Graduate assistantship applications can be secured directly from the College of Graduate Studies and Research, or its Web site.

Sport Management

Program Purpose: The Sport Management graduate program is designed to provide advanced professional preparation that develops competitive sport management leaders through a comprehensive education in both theory and its application in sports business. The major prepares students with sport business concepts and develops skills and knowledge in the following areas: management, marketing, promotions, communication, legal preparation, public relations, consumer behavior, facilities, and finance. The curriculum follows the guidelines set for the preparation of students in sport management by the NASSM/NASPE. Students have the option of pursuing their Master’s degree on a thesis or internship track as well as other options.

 Admission: Applications for admission in the Sport Management program are competitive and all required application materials must be received by March 1st for a priority consideration. Early application is recommended as enrollment is limited. If a vacancy occurs during the academic year, mid-year admission is possible. Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed application to Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  2. Verification of GRE.
  3. Official transcripts listing undergraduate/graduate degree(s) to be sent directly from the degree-granting institution to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
  4. Professional resume or vita.
  5. Statement of interest (2-3 page essay describing career goals and reasons for pursing a graduate degree). Statement of interest will also serve as a writing sample.
  6. Three letters of recommendation (forms available from the Department of Human Performance).
  7. A completed undergraduate (or graduate) statistics or tests-and-measurements course as a prerequisite (provisional admittance possible without this course, but completion required before enrolling in HP 610–Statistical Methods).

Financial Assistance: A number of graduate assistantships in the sport management program, MSU athletics, and other university opportunities are available. Applications can be obtained online from the College of Graduate Studies and Research. These forms should be filed by February 1 for the following academic year. GA applications will be accepted after this date if availability still exists. Also, several sport management scholarships are available to recognize current sport management students at Minnesota State University, Mankato who demonstrate high achievement in many facets of student life, including academics and extracurricular activities. Information about these scholarships can be found at our sport management web site.

Sport Management MA

Capstone Project Options

-Thesis Option – 30-32 Credit Hours

  • HP 699 Thesis (3-4)

-Manuscript Option – 34 Credit Hours

  • HP 696 Manuscript (3)

-Internship Option – 36 Credit Hours

  • HP 698 Internship (3-10)

Required for Major (Theory Core, 24 credits)  
HP 610 Statistical Methods (3) 
HP 625 Sport Ethics and Professional Development
HP 630 Techniques of Research (3) 
HP 650 Principles of Sport Management (3) 
HP 651 Sport Management Seminar (3) 
HP 665 Sport Law (3) 
HP 667 Advanced Sport Marketing (3)
HP 698 Internship (3)

Elective Courses (3-8)     
HP 535 Planning Sport Facilities (3) 
HP 637 Sport Media, Sponsorship, & Sale (3) 
HP 638 Managing Sporting Events (3) 
HP 641 Psychology of Sport & Exercise (3)    
HP 649 Sport In American Culture (3) 
HP 660 Financial Aspects of Sport (3)
HP 661 Mgt. & Adm. of Intra. & Rec. Sport (3) 
HP 688 Applied Sport Business

 

Sport and Exercise Psychology MA

 

This graduate program is designed to develop a theoretical base in the discipline of sport and exercise psychology, and better prepare students, coaches, and consultants to apply such knowledge to performance enhancement issues associated with competitive athletics and exercise settings.

30-34 total credits are required depending on the capstone option chosen: Thesis — 30 total credits, Manuscript – 33 total credits, and Alternative Paper Plan — 34 total credits

Common Core

 
CSP 571 Interpersonal Helping Skills 3    
HP 572 Psychology of Sport and Athletic Injury 3    
HP 615 *Research Methodology and Statistical Concepts 4    
HP 641 Psychology of Sport and Exercise 3    
HP 644 *Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 3    
HP 649 Sport in American Culture 3    
HP 698 Internship 1-10    
Required Capstone Project
Choose 2-3 credit(s):
Student should choose 1 of the 3 capstone projects in consultation with their advisor.
 
HP 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2    
HP 696 *Manuscript 1-4    
HP 699 Thesis 1-4    

Unrestricted Electives
8-12 credit hours should be taken from the Departments of Psychology or Counseling and Student Personnel chosen in consultation with your advisor. Although the following is not a comprehensive list, the courses that graduate students typically take include: PSYC 505 Motivation (4), PSYC 555 Abnormal Psychology (4), PSYC 560 Psychology of Women (3) or PSYC 618 Multivariate Analysis (4).

 

Physical Education MA

General Requirements - All Options:

All students must take HP 610 Statistical Methods and HP 630 Techniques of Research. Students must have an undergraduate statistics course as a pre-requisite for these classes.

Language Competency. A reading knowledge of one modern foreign language or research substitution is required in the MA programs. The student should consult with the graduate coordinator to determine specific requirements.

At least 20 credits must be in the Department of Human Performance, and at least 50% of the coursework must be taken at the 600 level (excluding thesis and APP credits).

Thesis Plan: The thesis must be approved by the student's capstone committee; and, an oral proposal and defense meeting are required.

Manuscript Plan: The manuscript option includes writing and submitting a manuscript for publication to a peer-reviewed journal. The manuscript must be approved by the student's capstone committee; and, an oral proposal and defense meeting are required. The student must submit proof of submission to a peer-reviewed journal, and submit the complete manuscript to their advisor and the graduate coordinator to fulfill requirements.

Alternate Plan Paper (APP): The APP must be approved by the student's capstone committee; and, an oral proposal and defense meeting are required.

Students must have a 3.0 GPA prior to enrolling in a course that fulfills the capstone requirement. Students must also complete HP 630 prior to enrolling in thesis, APP, internship, or manuscript credits.

Concentrated Options of Study

Students should be aware that changes may occur in a concentration core during their time on campus, since curriculum is always an on-going process. Therefore, the student should always be in consultation with the advisor in the event that the faculty submits new proposals that may reflect such changes. In such an event, students will always be afforded their rights to take advantage of such changes that will best serve them during their program of study. Choose an area of concentration from those listed below.

Physical Education Pedagogy MA

(Thesis Plan - 30-32 credits)
(Manuscript Plan - 33 credits)                                                                                                                
(Alternate Plan Paper - 34-36 credits)or (Internship - 34 credits)

The program is designed to refine teaching skills for the elementary, middle school, and high school physical educator.

Required Core (24 credits)

  • HP 608 Curriculum Design in Physical Education
  • HP 610 – Statistical Methods (3)
  • HP 612 Inclusive Physical Education (3)
  • HP 617 Models and Instructional Strategies in Physical Education (3)
  • HP 623 – Current Issues in Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education (3)
  • HP 627 Systematic Observation in Physical Education (3)
  • HP 630 – Techniques of Research (3)
  • HP 668 Applications in Physical Education (3)

Required Thesis, Alternate Plan Paper, or Manuscript

  • HP 694 – Alternate Plan Paper (1-2 credits) or
  • HP 699 – Thesis (3-4 credits) or
  • HP 696 --  Manuscript (3 credits)

Required Electives (3 - 9 credits)

Choose electives in consultation with an advisor. Approved electives include HP 620, HP 647, and HP 658. Graduate students enrolled in an alternate plan paper program must enroll in HP 620, HP 647, and HP 658.

 

Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology

(34 credits)

Common Core
HP 601 Advanced Physiology of Exercise 3    
HP 602 Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology 2    
HP 605 Nutrition in Human Performance 3    
HP 615 Research Design & Statistics 5    
HP 641 Psychology of Sport and Exercise 3    
HP 645 Physical Activity and Chronic Disease 3    
HP 693 Seminar in Exercise Science 1    
   
Capstone Options
Student must select one option with consent of advisor
 
HP 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2    
HP 696 *Manuscript 1-4    
HP 698 Internship 1-10    
HP 699 Thesis 1-4    

 
Electives
Choose 9-15 credit(s):
Students must complete 3-5 classes depending on the number of capstone option credits
 
BIOL 517 *Biology of Aging and Chronic Diseases 3    
BIOL 533 *Cardiovascular Physiology 3    
BIOL 538 *General Endocrinology 3    
BIOL 566 Principles of Pharmacology 3    
BIOL 574 *Immunology 4    
CHEM 560 Biochemistry I 3    
CHEM 561 Biochemistry II 3    
HLTH 551 Stress and Health 3    
HLTH 560 Introduction to Epidemiology 3    
HP 649 Sport in American Culture 3    
HP 665 Sport Law 3    

* - Course has prerequisite courses

 

Developmental/Adapted Physical Education (MA)

(Thesis Plan - 30-31)
(Manuscript Plan - 33)
(Alternate Plan Paper - 34-36) or (Internship - 34)

Maximum of 15 hours of D/APE licensure courses can count toward MA/MS degree because over 50% of coursework must be 600-level. *If student already has D/APE licensure, D/APE coursework will consist of 600-level courses in D/APE, Special Education, and from other departments.

Required (6 credits)

  • HP 610 Statistical Methods in Physical Education (3)
  • HP 630 Techniques of Research (3)

Required Core in D/APE (minimum 18-19 credits)

  • HP 511 – Development Adapted Physical Education (3)
  • HP 512 – Assessment in Adapted Physical Education (2)
  • HP 513 – Life span Motor Development (2)
  • HP 521 – Teaching Sport to Individuals with Disabilities (2)
  • HP 522 – Teaching Adapted Aquatics (2)
  • HP 545 – Teaching Students with Cognitive and Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (3)
  • HP 571 – Consulting Techniques in D/APE (3)
  • HP 698 – Internship in DAPE (1-2)

Required Thesis, Alternate Plan Paper, or Manuscript

  • HP 694 – Alternate Plan Paper (1-2) or
  • HP 699 – Thesis (3-4) or
  • HP 696 -- Manuscript (3)

Required Electives (9-12 credits)

Student should consult with major advisor.

  • HP 608 – Curriculum Design in Physical Education (3)
    HP 612 Inclusive Physical Education (3)
  • HP 617 – Models and Instructional Strategies in Physical Education (3)
  • HP 620 – Typical and Atypical Motor Development Across the Life span (3)
  • HP 623 – Current Issues in Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education (3)
  • HP 627 – Systematic Observation in Physical Education (3)
  • HP 647 – Fitness Education (3)
  • HP 658 – Authentic Assessment in Physical Education (3)
  • HP 668 Applications in Physical Education (3)

 

Course Descriptions

HP 511 (3) Developmental/Adapted Physical Education

Legal and theoretical bases for teaching physical education to students with disabilities. First course in D/APE sequence.

HP 512 (2) Assessment in Adapted Physical Education

Evaluation of motor skills and fitness among students with disabilities.

HP 513 (2) Life Span Motor Development

Study of early childhood motor development from infancy through preschool age, including information on delayed development.

HP 514 (3) Physiology of Exercise

Introductory study of the effects of both acute and chronic exercise on structure and function of the human body across the life span.

Prerequisite: Biol. 220, 230, HP 175

HP 519 (2) Teaching Dance to Individuals with Exceptional Needs

Adaptation of dance materials to facilitate learning of individuals with special needs through simulated and hands-on teaching experiences.

Prerequisite: HP 109

HP 521 (2) Teaching Sport to Individuals with Disabilities

Contemporary sport opportunities for individuals with disabilities, with application to teaching and transition planning.

Prerequisite: 4/511 or instructor permission

HP 522 (2) Teaching Adapted Aquatics

Theory and practical experience in teaching swimming and other aquatic skills to individuals with disabilities.  Pre: HP 182 or W.S.I. (HP 257).

HP 535 (3) Planning Sport Facilities

The in depth study of the planning, development, and management of sport facilities (athletics, recreation, fitness/wellness centers, physical education,etc.) utilizing and working with partners, vendors and expert resources.

HP 537 (3) Sport Media, Sponsorship & Sales

An in-depth study of sport management theories, policies, objectives, and strategies applied to sport marketing through the functions and areas of sport sponsorships, sales and media.

HP 539 (3) Nutrition for Physical Activity and Sport

This course provides in-depth exploration of the dietary needs of physically active individuals across the life span. Its laboratory component will focus on performance and interpretation of assessments commonly used to determine dietary and physiological status.

HP 545 (3) Teaching Students with Cognitive & Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

Theory, strategies, and best practices for teaching physical education to students with cognitive disabilities (including mental retardation, autism, and multiple disabilities accompanying mental retardation) and emotional/behavior disorders.

HP 566 (3) Graded Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription

An introduction to basic graded exercise tests and exercise prescription commonly used in clinical as well as health/wellness appraisal settings.

Prerequisite: HP 175, HP 414

HP 567 (2) Wellness Program Development and Administration

Designed to review the various physiological, psychological, and administrative components involved in a comprehensive health/fitness program.

Prerequisite: HP 414 and 466 or equivalent

HP 570 (3) Psychology of Coaching

To introduce interested students, professionals, and coaching licensure candidates to the psychological literature and latest techniques associated with coaching in an athletic setting.

Prerequisite: Psych. 101 or equivalent

HP 571 (3) Consulting Techniques in D/APE

Study of techniques of consulting in D/APE with the spectrum of individuals involved in the IEP process, including but not limited to: students with disabilities, general physical education teachers, other school professionals and support service personnel, families/parents, peer tutors, and community agencies, to enhance the learning of students with disabilities both within and outside the classroom setting.

HP 572 (3) Psychology of Sport and Athletic Injury

This course will provide an understanding and application of the psychology of sport and athletic injury. Topics include: the psycho-social antecedents of injury, psychological skills to implement with an injured athlete, and other psychological concerns. (F)

HP 582 (1) Coaching Practicum

Supervised experience in a public school varsity/junior varsity sport setting.

Prerequisite: first aid and coaching theory and athletic training

HP 583 (3) Cardiac Rehabilitation

A course designed to provide experience for persons seeking leadership roles in institutions housing programs of rehabilitative cardiovascular exercise and risk factor intervention.

Prerequisite: HP 4/514 and 4/567 or equivalent

HP 590 (1-4) Workshop

Content is variable and based on special topic.

HP 601 (3) Advanced Physiology of Exercise

Integration of the advanced concepts and relevant scientific information surrounding human performance physiology.

Prerequisite: HP 514

HP 602 (2) Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology

Laboratory experiences for advanced exercise physiology students, including various fitness and clinical tests, lactate analysis, spirometry, and measurement of expired gases.

Prerequisite: HP 4/514 or equivalent; HP 601

HP 605 (3) Nutrition in Human Performance

An in-depth study of the nutritional needs of athletes and other active individuals, including discussion of current research in the area.

Prerequisite: HP 601

HP 608 (3) Curriculum Design in Physical Education

Developing curriculum in physical education focusing on current theories and models, factors influencing curriculum, scope and sequence, scheduling, and assessing curricula.

HP 610 (3) Statistical Methods

Introduction to the concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics, applied and theoretical research, and validity and reliability methods used in the disciplines of physical education, human performance, and exercise science.

Prerequisite: an undergraduate or graduate level statistics class or a "test and measurement" class.
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HP 612 (3) Inclusive Physical Education

Legal, philosophical, and practical bases of including students of all abilities and in general physical education.

HP 615 (4) Research Methodology and Statistical Concepts

This course provides an introduction to both research methodology and statistical concepts in the discipline of human performance. This course focuses on the development of research design and choice of appropriate statistics to address a research question. (F,S)

Prerequisites: One of the following - HP 464, HP 403, or STAT 154; includes admission to a graduate program in Human Performance, and an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course or a "test and measurement" course.

HP 617 (3) Models and Instructional Strategies in Physical Education

Best practices utilizing models of teaching, learning styles, and instructional strategies in physical education.

HP 620 (3) Typical and Atypical Motor Development Across the Life Span

Hereditary and environmental factors of typical and atypical motor development across the life span.

HP 623 (3) Current Issues in Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education

Utilizing current literature to identify, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate current issues in physical education and adapted physical education.

HP 625 (3) Sport Ethics and Professional Development

This course provides students with opportunities to develop a philosophy, values and moral reasoning skills, to explore and clarify their career goals, to sharpen critical thinking skills for analyzing ethical problems in the sport business and generating possible solutions.

HP 627 (3) Systematic Observation in Physical Education

Knowledge base in observation, observation models, techniques of coding and analyzing, developing observation skills, challenges to observation, and observations in various environments.

HP 630 (3) Techniques of Research

Introductory course to the research processes involved in the fields of physical education, exercise science, and human performance. Coverage of various types of research designs and writing of the research paper is a major intent of this course.

Prerequisite: required part of core for all master students in Dept. of Human Performance-must be a graduate student

HP 631 (1) Seminar in Exercise Physiology

HP 635 (3) Gerontologic/Pediatric Exercise Physiology

Acute and chronic changes in physiological functioning children and older adults.

HP 637 (3) Sport Media, Sponsorship and Sales

An in-depth study of sport management theories, policies, objectives, and strategies applied to sport marketing through the functions and areas of sport sponsorships, sales and broadcast, and print media.

HP 638 (3) Managing Sporting Events

Advanced study of managing sporting events covering the policies, strategies and tactics used including planning, budgeting, organization, human resources, risk management, and operations of conducting a successful sporting event.

HP 641 (3) Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Psychological parameters that affect performance in athletic and exercise settings. Emphasis on theoretical and scholarly literature associated with exercise and sport psychology. Practical application of psychological principles in sport and exercise dimensions will also be addressed.

Prerequisite: UG degree and basic Psych. (101)

HP 642 (2) Issues in Sports Medicine

A seminar/discussion format course dealing with current issues within the multidisciplinary profession of sports medicine. A course directed toward disciplines dealing with all dimensions of the physically active individual.

HP 645 (3) Physical Activity and Chronic Disease

Identification and assessment of physical activity and fitness in health, life span, and various chronic diseases.

Prerequisite: HP 601

HP 647 Fitness Education (3)

Knowledge base on fitness levels of children and youth, assessing physical fitness levels, and developing physical fitness programs in the schools.

HP 649 (3) Sport in American Culture

Examines the institution of sport from a sociological perspective. The intent of the course is to identify and discuss ways in which societal values affect the character of sport and vise versa, and better understand the positive and negative consequences of the way sport is organized in our society. 

HP 650 (3) Principles of Sport Management

This course will emphasize the management functions of planning, organizing, implementing, and controlling. Decision-making, problem-solving, communication, ethics, sport law, and leadership. Personnel management issues will also be addressed.

HP 651 (3) Sport Management Seminar

Examines a variety of topics related to the management of sport organizations. Topics include internship/career opportunities, social-cultural issues, ethical issues, mass communication, sport governance, economic issues, fund-raising, event/facility management, licensing, copyright issues, and labor relations.

HP 655 (3) Electrocardiographic Interpretation

Methods used in learning to interpret electrocardiograms plus a solid foundation of its application and history.

Prerequisite: HP 601

HP 658 Authentic Assessment in Physical Education (3)

Theory, new techniques, and best practices of assessing across the physical education curriculum.

HP 660 (3) Financial Aspects of Sport

Examines basic financial and managerial accounting concepts necessary to be financially literate in the business of sport. Budgeting and fundraising concepts will also be addressed. Analysis into the understanding of corporate financial workings in the sport industry will equip the student with essential management tools.

HP 661 (3) Administration and Management of Intramural-Recreational Sports

Philosophical base with emphasis on the principles, policies, and procedures for administration of intramural and recreational sports programs.

HP 663 (3 ) Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

This is an advanced graduate seminar focused on applying knowledge towards the practice of sport and exercise psychology. This class focuses specifically on how to implement sport and exercise psychology principles as consultants, coaches, teachers, and/or other professionals.

HP 665 (3) Sport Law

The advanced study of legal aspects of sport with emphasis constitutional and statutory law, negligence and risk management, intellectual property, and contract law. The use of case law study and application to sport settings is utilized.

HP 667 (3) Advanced Sport Marketing

Advanced study of the principles of marketing of or through sport including marketing analysis, development of a marketing management plan, promotion, place, price, public relations, product as applied to sport and the sport industry.

HP 668 Applications in Physical Education (3)

Practical experiences utilizing knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of student performances.

HP 675 (3) Motor Learning

Acquaints the student with the terminology, theory, and principles of skill acquisition in the sport and physical activity setting…as well as factors influencing that acquisition. Critical Analysis of research literature will also be part of this course.

Prerequisite: Psych. 101

HP 677 (1-4) Individual Study

Opportunity for in-depth studies when specific human performance course is not available to accommodate the student. Consultation with the faculty member is an important part of developing such topics that meet the individual study arrangement.

Prerequisite: grad. student/professor consent

HP 680 (1-2) Systematic Readings in Physical Education and Human

An arranged readings course of selected professional literature relating to physical education, human performance, exercise science, and sport studies. The student in consultation with a professor determines the specific body of scholarly literature that will be emphasized during the course.

Prerequisite: grad. student/professor consent

HP 688 (3) Applied Sport Business

This course is designed to provide a rigorous, comprehensive hands-on learning experience for students majoring in Sport Management. This more closely supervised field experience requires a rigorous time and energy commitment from students.

Prereq. HP 650, HP 625

HP 691 (1-4) In-Service

Broad spectrum of foci available. Designed in consultation with requesting group.

Prerequisite: grad. student/professor consent

HP 692 (1-10) Internship: Corporate and Community Fitness

Designed to provide the student with hands-on experience in the area of corporate and community fitness.

Prerequisite: completion of graduate core courses: Chem. 560, HP 601, 602, 610, 630, except for seminar or thesis

HP 693 (1) Seminar in Exercise Science

Studies the current problems and trends in selected fields of exercise science as well as current research being performed by department faculty, staff, and students.

Prerequisite: graduate standing

HP 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper

Course requires completion of alternate plan paper.

Prerequisite: grad. student/professor consent

HP 696 (1-4) Manuscript

Course requires completion of a manuscript submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal. Prerequisite: grad. student/professor consent

HP 698 (1-10) Internship

Supervised field experience related to the student's academic specialization associated with the disciplines of human performance. Disciplines include the following: College Teaching, Sport Management, Public School Teaching, D/APE, Intramural-Recreational Sports Management, Elementary Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, and Sport Psychology.

Prerequisite: grad. student/professor consent

HP 699 (1-4) Thesis

Course requires completion of thesis paper. Prerequisite: grad. student/professor consent