Do you enjoy being active? Do you want to help people maintain a healthy sense of self? Do you dream of wearing workout clothes to work? The fitness industry is a multibillion-dollar industry and a degree in sport administration can help you meet a need in a growing career field. ENMU offers programs of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Physical Education. The sport administration emphasis focuses on management. This program can be completed three ways: entirely on-campus, online (through web-based or lecture-capture based courses) or through a combination of both.The MS in Physical Education is a great fit for working professionals who need flexibility and practical experience for career advancement.

Application for this 100% Online Program

Learning Format For Sport Administration Graduate Degree Coursework

Our graduate degree in sports administration can be completed 100% online, with the option to take some courses in person. You'll complete assignments, projects, presentations, readings and tests throughout the semester. Recorded lectures via Mediasite will connect you with professors and other students on your own time. Your participation, using Collaborate or YouTube, related to recorded lectures can be done at your convenience, rather than during a specific time. To fulfill your graduation requirements for this program, you have the option of writing a thesis or passing comprehensive exams. For distance education students living outside of Portales, we use media equipped classrooms to let you defend your thesis from home. Comprehensive exams can also be taken online.

Advising for Physical Education Students

If you are taking the time to complete an advanced study program, we know you want not only the benefits from our classes, but also our faculty's professional experience. To support you, we offer advising meetings via email and phone. We want you to feel connected, and prepared to create and defend your thesis or pass your comprehensive exam.

Sport Administration Resources and Academic Support

At ENMU, we want to make sure you get the help you need. We offer several tutoring services, including the Online Writing Center (OWL), which is exclusively for distance education students. The OWL is available to help you improve your writing and help you communicate clearly for written, school-related projects and assignments. We also have online databases, journal articles and eBooks accessible through the Golden Student Success Center. Since ENMU has a dedicated distance education librarian on staff, you'll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources.

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If you have questions or concerns about your homework assignments, projects or grades, you also have the option to email or call your professor.

Affordable Master's in Sport Administration

Eastern New Mexico University has the second lowest bachelor's and master's-level tuition in the state of New Mexico, and has one of the most affordable graduate tuition rates in the United States. If you are an out-of-state student enrolling in 6 or fewer hours per semester, you'll pay tuition and fees at the low in-state rate.

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Career Opportunities with a Master of Science in Physical Education

As a graduate of this program, you are prepared to pursue employment or advancement in careers in:

  • Managing an athletic department at the collegiate or interscholastic level
  • Working for a professional sport organization in various departments (for example, marketing/promotion/finance)
  • Event management
  • Sports venue/facility management
  • Recreation management

Sport Administration (36 hours)

Please note practicum or workshop credits cannot be included in any sport administration degree plan.

Core Requirements (15 hours)

Course Credits
HPE 502 Research Methods 3
HPE 510 Social and Psychological Aspects of Sport 3
HPE 533 Management and Leadership in Sport 3
HPE 537 Ethics in Sport 3
HPE 538 Sport Law and Risk Management 3


Coaching Emphasis (12 hours)

Course Credits
HPE 506 Theory of Practice (must be completed within the first 6 hours of graduate work) 3
HPE 507 Physiological Principles of Training 3
HPE 508 Kinesiology 3
HPE 527 Applied Sport Psychology 3


Sport Administration Emphasis (12 hours)

Course Credits
HPE 526 Sport Finance and Economics 3
HPE 532 Sport Facility Management 3
HPE 548 Strategic Sport Marketing 3
HPE 577 Sport Event Management 3


Required (3-6 hours)

Course Credits
  • HPE 578 Coaching/Sport Administration Capstone Project (non-thesis, must be taken during or after the core and emphasis courses have been completed) OR
  • HPE 599 Master's Thesis
  • 3

  • 6


Electives (to total 36 hours)

Note: Electives from other graduate programs may be approved upon consultation with the student's advisor and the department graduate coordinator.

Course Credits
HPE 534 Sport and the Media 3
HPE 535 Exercise Prescription 3
HPE 540 Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning 3
HPE 575 Women's Sport/Wellness Issues 3
HPE 579 Individual Research 1-3
HPE 589 Internship 3
HPE 593 Topics in Sport 3


Career Pathways

  • Managing an athletic department at the collegiate or interscholastic level
  • Working for a professional sport organization in various departments (for example, marketing/promotion/finance), event management, sports venue/facility management to recreation management

Application Instructions


At ENMU, our mission is to combine a traditional learning environment with 21st century technology to provide a rich educational experience with excellent teaching and active learning. ENMU emphasizes liberal learning, freedom of inquiry, cultural diversity and whole student life. With affordable tuition, evening classes as well as select online courses, we offer an education that fits your lifestyle and puts your career goals within reach. Apply now or contact us for further information on how to advance your career by earning a Master of Science in Physical Education.

Graduate Coordinator

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ENMU Station 24
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Portales, NM 88130
Phone: 575.562.2147