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Graduate Certificates may be earned in the field of Exercise Science, Fitness Management, and Sport Management. These certificates are stand-alone certificates and may not be earned concurrently with a master’s degree. Students who begin a certificate program and wish to switch to a master’s program must make application to the master’s program through the Graduate Admissions Office and submit all documentation for full admission. Classes may not be transferred in for certificate programs, and students must complete the required twelve (12) hours through Missouri Baptist University.

Students returning to pursue a master’s degree after earning a certificate may transfer up to six (6) hours from their certificate program into the master’s program. Six (6) alternative hours will replace completed core classes. The student and advisor will decide on appropriate classes with the approval of the Department Chair.

The Graduate Certificates in Exercise Science, Fitness Management, and Sport Management require a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to be granted.

Exercise Science Certificate
The graduate certificate in exercise science is designed for individuals who wish to obtain nationally recognized certifications and eventually become gainfully employed in the physical activity, fitness, exercise science, or lifestyle appraisal industries. Building on the knowledge students have already acquired in their undergraduate degree programs, this program provides in-depth instruction in the areas of fitness assessment, health and lifestyle counseling, exercise prescription and delivery, health promotion, group exercise leadership, health and fitness management, marketing and entrepreneurship, ergonomic assessment and functional abilities assessment. The EXSC certificate consists of four graduate level courses (12 hours) including fitness management, chronic diseases and obesity, principles of human performance, and sport psychology.

Fitness Management Certificate
The graduate certificate in fitness management is designed for individuals who wish to obtain leadership and management positions in the fitness industry.  Building on the knowledge students have already acquired in their undergraduate degree programs, this program provides in-depth instruction in the areas of programming, sales, promotions, marketing, social media integration, entrepreneurship, budgeting, and strategic planning. The fitness management certificate consists of four graduate level courses (12 hours) including fitness management, chronic diseases and obesity, sport marketing, and sport finance.

Sport Management Certificate
The field of sport management is a rapidly growing field.  The sports industry, which includes interscholastic sports, recreational sports, club sports, athletic clubs, and university athletics, as well as professional sports, grows each year and the need for trained professionals increases from year to year.  Students enrolling in the sport management certificate program will obtain a deeper understanding of the “business end of sports” while participating in online courses that have been prepared to meet their individual needs.  Practical hands-on experiential opportunities are built into each of the courses, skills are further enhanced, and professional networks are developed as students complete the twelve hour certificate program. Whether students are preparing a budget, a grant proposal, a SWOT analysis, a risk management plan, or simply learning to lead and manage in a wide range of organizational contexts, upon completion of the certificate program, they will have further developed their knowledge base and professional skills and thus become a strong positive influence within their respective organizations.  For those students wishing to continue with their studies in the field, all twelve certificate hours of the sport management certificate will transfer into the Master of Science in Sport Management, a thirty-one hour graduate degree program, which is also offered exclusively online.

Sport Marketing Certificate

As a student enrolling in the sport marketing certificate program you’ll have an opportunity to better understand market research, interpret advertising analytics,  predict consumer behavior,  properly use social media and digital marketing tools, and strengthen your abilities in communication and leadership.  Opportunities to prepare a social value framework that considers people, opportunity, and capital relative to entrepreneurial ventures, and a comprehensive marketing plan that includes social media and the development of a properly structured budget are all embedded into the course requirements. For those students wishing to continue with their studies in the field, all twelve certificate hours of the sport marketing certificate will transfer into the Master of Science in Sport Management, a thirty-one hour graduate degree program, which is also offered online or as a hybrid program.

 

 

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Greg Comfort, Division Chair


Division Chair & Director of Distance Learning
Contact information:
greg.comfort@mobap.edu
314-392-2282

Bio:

Greg completed his doctoral work at the University of Arkansas in 1992 and has held teaching positions at Liberty University (1988-1999), Wichita State University (1999-2003), and Missouri Baptist University (2003-current).  He currently serves as the chair of the Health and Sport Sciences Division and teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in sport management.  Greg enjoys singing bass in the Lake Saint Louis Baptist Church choir throughout the year and riding his bike during the summer.

Courses Taught:

SMGT 113 – Introduction to Sport Management
SMGT 333 – Sport Sociology
SMGT 403/503 – Sport Management Project
SMGT 583 – Leadership in Sport
SMGT 533 – Sport Psychology
SMGT 576 – Sport Management Internship

Janet Comfort

Instructor of Health and Sport Sciences
Contact information:
janet.comfort@mobap.edu

Bio:

Janet earned her B.S. degree in Accounting at Liberty University in 1991.  In 1998 she coached women’s softball at Lynchburg College while earning her Master’s degree in Accounting.  After moving to Wichita, Kansas in 2002, Janet completed a graduate degree in Sport Administration at Wichita State University and taught at several area colleges.  Janet moved to the Saint Louis area in 2003 and began teaching online classes for Missouri Baptist University (MBU).  Continuing to teach online, Janet owned and operated a business in the O’Fallon, Missouri area from 2006-2014. After teaching on campus Accounting classes in 2014, Janet decided to return to the online classroom in 2015 because of her love for online learning.

Courses Taught:

SMGT 463/563 – Sport Finance
SMGT 501 – Sport Management Orientation
SMGT 523 – Sport Law
SMGT 563 – Sport Finance

Guy Danhoff, Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor of Health and Sport Sciences
Contact information:
guy.danhoff@mobap.edu
314-744-5352

Bio:

Guy holds a M.S. degree (1992) in Exercise Science as well as a B.S. degree (1990) magna cum laude in Corporate Fitness from Western Illinois University.  He has recently completed the coursework for his Doctorate in Business Administration (ABD) with a specialization in marketing from Northcentral University.  Mr. Danhoff began his teaching career at MBU in 2008 after serving 14-years in the fitness industry with positions in sales, sales management, business development, marketing, operations, and his last appointment as the director of fitness entertainment technology.  Guy currently serves as the Graduate Fitness Management Program Coordinator and teaches fitness and sport management courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.  Mr. Danhoff also serves as the sideline field reporter for MBU football home games and as is a broadcast color analyst on the Spartan Digital Network.

Courses Taught:

EXSC 453/553 – Fitness Management
EXSC 463 – Senior Seminar
PHED 533 – Sport Entrepreneurship
SMGT 263 – Communication in Sport
SMGT 373 – Sport Marketing
SMGT 423/523 – Sport Law
SMGT 513 – Research Methods
SMGT 543 – Advanced Sport Marketing
SMGt 573 – Sport Public Relations
SMGT 583T – Thesis Proposal
SMGT 583D – Thesis Defense

Jessica Stapleton, Assistant Professor of Health


Assistant Professor of Health and Sport Sciences
Contact information:
jessica.stapleton@mobap.edu
3144858492

Bio:

Dr. “J” Stapleton became a Spartan in 2014 after completing her Ph.D. in Ontario, Canada.  She is a Sport and Exercise Psychologist who studies social influence on physical activity among persons with mobility impairment and self-regulation among collegiate athletes.  She enjoys teaching sport and exercise psychology and consulting athletes.  When not at MBU, Dr J is resistance training, playing basketball, and frequenting local parks with her Newfoundland, Zion.

Courses Taught:

EXSC 113 – Introduction to Exercise Science
EXSC 223 – Practicum in Exercise Science
EXSC 413 – Test & Prescription
EXSC 411 – Test & Prescription Lab
EXSC 443 – Exercise Physiology Lab Experience
EXSC 403/503 – Exercise Psychology
EXSC 373/473 – Lab Assistantship
EXSC 473B – Internship in Exercise Science
KHSC 413/513 – Chronic Diseases & Obesity
SMGT 433 – Sport Psychology