Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Rising college seniors with a record of academic excellence have a unique opportunity to be among the first students to take advantage of our new 4+1 program in Sport and Recreation Administration.

Designed to save you money and time while earning credit toward a graduate degree, the  4+1 GradSHARK Launch PAAD program offers our outstanding, advanced undergraduates the opportunity to begin earning credit towards a graduate degree while they complete the final requirements for their undergraduate degree.

Master of Science in Sport & Recreation Administration

Combine contemporary evidence-based education with experiential opportunities that prepare you to administer sport and recreation programs and organizations within the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors.

You will learn and develop sport and recreation program administration competencies to pursue careers in the sport, recreation, tourism, health and related professions.

You will get hands-on experience in planning, programming, administering, evaluating, and analyzing sport and recreation programs and organizations.

Degree options (Internship, Thesis or Non-thesis) allow for specialization based on your personal career goals.

Undergraduate students interested in graduate study in Sport & Recreation Management can get a head start in earning a graduate degree through the GradSHARK Launch PAAD for Sport & Recreation Management.

Number of credit hours a student can earn towards the graduate degree while completing their undergraduate studies: 12 credit hours

Courses* undergraduate students in the Launch PAAD can take to earn credit towards the graduate degree:

  • SRA 511 Applied Statistics
  • SRA 574 Current trends in Therapeutic Recreation
  • SRA 580 Recreational Therapy for Older Adults
  • SRA 503 Data Analytics Methodologies
  • ES 542 Sports Psychology

*500-level courses only count towards the graduate degree when reserved for graduate credit (graduate level work must be completed to earn graduate credit)

Requirements to qualify:

  • Sport & Recreation Management major
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • 90 completed credit hours as an undergraduate

Students must be accepted into the Launch PAAD and complete the requisite GradSHARK Launch PAAD Course Formfor the Graduate School (the form requires approval from your undergraduate advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator for Sport & Recreation Management). After being accepted into the Lanch PAAD, the student will need to complete the GradSHARK Launch PAAD Course Enrollment Form (also known as GS12 Form) each term (students will not officially be registered for graduate courses until the GS12 Form is complete).

For more information about participation in the GradSHARK Launch PAAD, guidelines, financial aid and available areas of study, please see the GradSHARK Launch PAAD homepage.

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