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.