Reinhardt University will add an online sport-based master’s program to its degree offerings, the university announced Friday.

Reinhardt’s Master of Science in Sport Administration and Leadership is the first of its kind among Georgia private institutions, and the program can be completed within one year. The first semester of the new master’s program will begin in August and will consist of 30 credit hours in 12 months.

The program, which is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, is designed to develop leadership and business skills for positions in local, regional and national sports organizations.

“We see a need for a fully sport-based online master’s program in the state of Georgia,” said Joe Mullins, sport studies and PE program coordinator, in a statement. “The program will provide advanced skills for sports professionals looking to enter leadership or administration positions in all aspects of the sports industry.”

The program consists of eight three-credit courses online and a six-credit hour professional capstone experience, in which student may choose to complete a 180-hour internship or a master’s project demonstrating excellence in the field.

The online program will allow students flexibility to complete their graduate degree on their own schedule, while still working closely with faculty.

According to the university, program outcomes include exhibiting leadership behaviors consistent with ethical sport administrators and applying communications and technology competencies required of sport administrators. Graduates from this program will also be able to analyze current and historical issues impacting sports administrators and integrate solutions to develop positive organizational cultures. Additionally, they will be able to comprehend the broader role of sport in society.

The graduate program also offers students access to internships and career opportunities through Reinhardt’s connections to athletic departments, college and professional sport teams and other organizations.

For more information about Reinhardt’s Master of Science in Sport Administration and Leadership, visit Reinhardt.edu/MS-SAL or call 770-720-9191.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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