The primary objective of a master's (M.S.) degree program is to provide a scholarly approach to the academic subject matter content in athletic training, dietetics, nutrition, exercise science or sport and recreational studies introduced during the baccalaureate education. The primary objective of a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program is to build upon the experience obtained during the master's program and foster student independence in research and/or teaching.
The M.S. in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and is comprised of 57-60 credits, offering a diverse array of clinical sites to gain professional experience.
The M.S. in Dietetics program, offered online through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), consists of 36 credits and is only available for individuals credentialed as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) or who are RDN-eligible.
The M.S. in Human Sciences - Family Financial Planning program, offered online through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), consists of 36 credits and will enhance your personal finance knowledge, grant you eligibility to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination, increase your networking opportunities and improve your career options. Graduate certificate options are also available for Family Financial Planning and Financial Counseling for individuals wanting to sit for the exams.
The Master's in Nutrition & Dietetics (MSND) is an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program with supervised experiential learning (SEL) incorporated throughout this competency-based program. Students accepted into the program with the required prerequisites can complete the program in three years. Including prerequisites, completion of the entire bachelor’s to master’s degree program takes approximately five years.
An integration between the fields of nutrition and exercise science, the M.S. in Nutrition & Exercise Science program is made up of 30-35 credits and prepares you to be skilled in professional practice/education and/or future research in the health sciences. You have the option to specialize in either nutritional sciences or exercise science.
The Ph.D. in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences program provides you with the opportunity to begin your development as an independent researcher. Pursuing a doctoral degree typically leads you to opportunities of employment in higher education, industry or government. This doctoral program consists of 60 credits.
The Sport and Recreation Administration program consists of 32-36 credits and prepares you to become a dynamic leader in intercollegiate athletics as well as campus and community recreation. The curriculum and internship experiences will educate you in management, marketing, communications, facilities, finance, ethics and legal issues, research and much more. By graduating from this program, you will be equipped with a skill set that can be directly applied to a wide range of exciting career possibilities.
Meet Susan Wallrich, a recent alumni of the Sport and Recreation Administration graduate program. Wallrich is now the Athletics Marketing Assistant at Florida State University.
“SDSU prepared me for my current/dream career by giving me the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through my graduate assistantship and my classes. Being a smaller DI university we were able to be involved with all the sports SDSU had to offer, and assist with other departments within the athletic department such as ticketing, facilities, alumni events, and administration; something you might not get at a larger university. My experience as an intern, then eventually as a GA, at SDSU, built an irresistible resume that got me to where I am today.”
Preceptor, Charles "Charlie" Miller, MEd, ATC, joined the Sports Medicine team at South Dakota State University in August 2018. Charlie has been an ATC for 15 years and is the head Athletic Trainer for SDSU's football team. His favorite part about working with Athletic Training students is having the opportunity to learn from students as much as they learn from him..
Exercise science graduate student, Claire Sylvestre, is teaching senior exercise science students how to perform Biodex testing and the importance of cheering on your subject.