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Sport Science

The Master of Science in Sport Science is a 30-credit, fully online graduate degree with courses structured to allow you to complete the program in one calendar year or attend part-time. This program draws students from across the country and is ideally suited to those who wish to work as professionals in sport settings or who wish to enhance their current sport-related careers through advanced training.

Dain Tepoel 

PROGRAM Coordinator

Dr. Dain Tepoel

111 Zimmerli
Lock Haven University

(570) 484-2559








Program Overview

Program Overview

Graduate study in sport science provides advanced preparation for those who love sports and wish to pursue sport-related careers. The Master of Science in Sport Science offers students three track options.

Graduates of the Sport Management track are prepared for careers ranging from marketing, sales and sponsorship to event planning and facility management in professional, amateur, educational and community sport settings.

Having examined how psychological factors influence sport performance and physical activity participation, and how sport and physical activity involvement affect psychological well-being, graduates of the Sport and Exercise Psychology track are prepared to help athletes and others achieve optimal performance.



“Lock Haven University and the Sport Management program gave me some of the best experiences I could have asked for. By working at the 2017 College Football National Championship, the NFL Draft, and going on other networking trips, the Sport Management program has helped me develop critical skills and connections to be successful in the field. The professors were always willing to help with questions about class work. I felt that I was able to make a good connection with the professors in all my classes. One of my favorite parts about the classes I took was the hands-on aspect for projects and assignments. I am so glad that I chose Lock Haven University and the Sport Management program!” 

Michelle Rauch – B.S. Sport Management, 2018; M.S. Sport Science, 2020 


"The graduate program here offers versatility and flexibility to help you complete your degree in time. Online courses mean you can attend from anywhere while still giving you the feel of in-person studies with group work and case studies. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than obtaining my degree while being able to work full-time and continue to gain valuable experiences." 

Clayton Gummo - MS Sport Science (Sport Management), 2021 



Sport Management Track


In addition to three core classes, the Sport Management track includes 15-18 credits of required coursework that includes a three credit capstone project or six credit field experience (see handbook below) and three to six credits of electives.


This program will prepare you to pursue a career in the sport industry including:

  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Sales and Sponsorship
  • Event Management
  • Facility Management
  • Athletic Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Coaching

Specific positions include:

  • General Manager
  • Marketing Director
  • Athletic Director
  • Corporate Sales Manager
  • Facility Manager
  • Media Relations

Student Learning Outcomes




Sport & Exercise Psychology Track

SRSport & Exercise Psychology Track

As one of only a handful of online degrees in sport and exercise psychology in the country, this track will ready you for a variety of professional roles. In addition to three core classes, the Sport and Exercise Psychology track includes an additional 15 credits of required coursework including a three credit capstone project and 6 elective credits.  LHU was recently ranked third in the country in the most affordable online sport psychology programs.

Career options associated with this track include:

  • AASP Certified Consultant educating coaches, athletes, officials, and parents about sport and exercise psychology and performance enhancement techniques
  • University Athletic Department Liaison
  • Army Center for Performance Enhancement
  • Fitness Consultant or Lifestyle Coach
  • Counseling Psychology

The application of sport and exercise psychology principles in settings other than sport and exercise has also been growing steadily. Graduates, therefore, may also work in non-sport settings.

Certification: Courses have been reviewed and approved by the Certification Council for certification through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology.

AASP Certification Course Requirements

(* = must be graduate level)


K1. Professional Ethics and Standards*

SPRT616: Ethics in Applied Sport Psychology

K2. Sport Psychology*

SPRT610: Foundations of SEP

SPRT612: Sport and Exercise Psychology for Performance Enhancement

SPRT613: Psych of Athletic Injury/Recovery

SPRT614: Stress Management for the Physically Active

K3. Sport Science

SPRT601: Sport in American Culture

K4. Psychopathology

NONE (can use UG courses here)

K5. Helping Relationships*

SPRT618: Counseling Skills for Sport Psychology

K6. Research Methods and Statistics*

SPRT600: Research Methods in Sport Science

K7. Psychological Foundations of Behavior

SPRT615: Seminar in Sport Science (if topic appropriate – individual course outline must be reviewed by AASP)

Can use UG courses here

K8. Diversity and Culture*

SPRT617: Multicultural and Ethnic Diversity for Sport Psych Consulting

Mentored Experience in Sport and Exercise Psychology

SPRT631: Mentored Experience in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Student Learning Outcomes




International Sport Management Track

In addition to three core classes, the International Sport Management track includes 15-18 credits of required coursework that includes a three credit capstone project or six credit field experience (see handbook below) and three to six credits of electives. This specialized Master level concentration will provide a number of opportunities in the department to leverage international sport management that will allow for our students to get experience to put on their resume.

Enhance your expertise in:
• Marketing
• Public Relations
• Legal and Policy Issues
• Global Soccer Industry
• International Sport Organization
• Governance

Perhaps now more than ever, our society and culture recognizes the magnitude and scope of the global sport industry and its influence. Executives, partners, managers, coaches, athletes and professionals throughout the industry understand the increasing demands of competition, media attention, sponsor engagement, sustainability, and fan interaction. We provide advanced preparation for those who want to pursue careers in these areas. In our program, students have the opportunity to study core aspects of the interrelationships among the marketing, governance, financial, leadership, and cultural aspects of sport management, in the United States and around the world.

Student Learning Outcomes
Sport Science Program Curriculum
Course Sequence
International Track Information
Graduate Manual

Application Process and Deadlines

Application Process and Deadlines

To complete the admissions process, students must submit:

  • Online application
  • Official college transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of professional goals

Application materials may be sent electronically to  or mailed directly to the following address:

Lock Haven University
Office of Graduate Admissions
401 N Fairview Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745

*Lock Haven University graduates do not need to request transcripts; the Office of Admissions will do this on your behalf.

Students also have the option of registering for up to three courses as a non-degree seeking student and have those courses automatically transfer to degree seeking status upon official enrollment in the program.  If you would like to register for courses as a non-degree student complete the Walk-In Registration process.

Note:  Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for state or federal financial aid.

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Program Highlights

  • 100% Online Delivery: LHU’s distance instructional methods are designed to maintain a personal, one-to-one mentoring and supervisory relationship with degree candidates while making it possible to create active and engaged learning communities. No campus visits or on-campus residencies are required. Much of the coursework is completed via virtual classrooms utilizing the latest technology in online instruction.

  • Program Instructional Facilities: Programs delivered either partially or entirely remotely may utilize either synchronous or asynchronous technologies.  Synchronous delivery utilizes the Zoom platform and may utilize either or both the Zoom desktop or mobile applications or purpose-built Zoom classrooms.  Asynchronous delivery utilizes the Desire2Learn Brightspace learning management system and the SonicFoundry Mediasite media delivery platform.

  • Flexible Start Dates & a Diverse Student Population: You can begin coursework in the fall, summer, or spring semester. Because the coursework can be completed 100% online, our students hail from across the country. 

  • Full-Time and Part-Time: Students can attend full-time and part-time. Full-time graduate students take nine credits in the fall and spring, and twelve credits over the summer. This means graduate students attending full-time can complete the graduate degree in one calendar year. Students who attend part-time can take three or six credits per semester and this can vary by semester based on their individual needs. 

  • Semester Off: Many of the students in our program work full-time and occasionally need to take a semester off. Coaches in our program, for example, may wish not to take classes when their sports are in season (and then double up the following semester). Students are allowed to step out for a semester and return to classes afterwards. When they are ready to begin classes again, students should submit a Request to Resume Studies form:

  • Transfer Credits: Students can transfer up to six credits into the graduate program. To have courses evaluated, please submit a Transfer Approval Request Form:

  • Both Tracks: Some of our students are interested in both the Sport Management track AND the Sport and Exercise Psychology track and choose to complete both tracks. Those interested in doing so need to complete the requirements for the first track and an additional twelve credits of the second track. Students should contact Dr. Dain TePoel ( for more information.

  • Walk-in Registration: Students who would like to take class(es) without applying to or enrolling in the graduate program are able to take up to three classes/nine credits through "walk-in" registration. Sport and exercise psychology professionals, for example, who require a course for certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology often choose this option.

Featured Program Faculty

full list of FACULTY


Dr. Patricia Lally
Dr. Dain TePoel
Dr. Richard Lally

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Graduate Admissions

401 N. Fairview Street, Lock Haven, PA
(570) 484-2027

Office Hours

8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday

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