Kinesiology, M.S., Sport Management

Kinesiology, M.S., Sport Management


You’re ready to accelerate your life — your learning, your career, and your influence. At the heart of your interest in sport management and human performance is a passion to do excellent work, lead well, and serve others. PLNU’s one-year, online Master of Kinesiology in Sport Management will give you the essential tools to pursue your calling in the dynamic fields of sport administration, athletic coaching, and sport science. 

PLNU's accelerated, 12-month program offers a flexible course load suited to your professional and academic goals. The curriculum integrates key management, leadership, and entrepreneurial strategies to enable upward mobility for athletic directors, coaches, sport managers, and teachers. 

Students in the sport management program can further customize nine units of elective course offerings in other M.S. Kinesiology programs as well as in PLNU’s MBA program. The relevant curriculum and online format make it ideal for working professionals and recent graduates looking to advance quickly in their careers. 


Accelerate Your Life

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Relevant Experience

Take courses that pair an applied learning approach with the latest industry research and trends, giving you real-world experience today to fulfill your potential tomorrow.

Professional Preparedness

Foster relationships with industry leaders, gain exposure to internship and job opportunities, and learn from faculty and professional colleagues through a robust, flexible, and customizable curriculum.

Pursue Your Purpose

Develop a deeper understanding of how to faithfully apply your work. Through a robust curriculum, collaborative group work, and direct professional experiences, you’ll be equipped to integrate the current best research evidence with your professional practice to solve relevant problems for your clients in the sport industry.

Program Outcomes

When you complete the program, you will be able to:

  • Apply evidence-based management and leadership principles to effectively direct sports organizations and athletic programs.
  • Develop strategic decision-making skills while gaining relevant professional experience in the sports industry.
  • Effectively serve the sports industry through faith-based ethical management principles and practices.
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Application Information

Program Start Date(s):

  • Fall 2022 - August 29th, 2022

Application Deadline(s):

  • Fall 2022 - August 10th, 2022

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The Selection Process

The educational context at PLNU will challenge you to live a full life that integrates the pursuit of knowledge with beliefs, values, and actions. While honoring diverse perspectives and beliefs, Christian values and principles are woven into the educational experience. We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it reflects you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. Your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application, but if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 3.0, you may still be eligible for admission based on your application package as well as the exceptions policy per your particular program.* Therefore, we strongly encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor, who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission under exceptions process.

To be admitted into PLNU's MS-KIN, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript from that institution indicating the completion of an undergraduate degree. If you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general, we encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor.

Application Checklist

Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit an online application for admissions (including $50 non-refundable application fee, which is waived for PLNU alums, current or former military and their dependents, and PLNU employees).
  2. Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. (If you are a PLNU alumnus, please notify your counselor to have your transcripts retrieved. You do not need to request transcripts from the PLNU Office of Records.)

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
  3. Submit personal essay. Specifically state how you would like to use your master’s degree from PLNU to further your career. Make sure you clearly touch on the three points below:
    • Clarify what job setting you see yourself pursuing upon completing the MS-KIN and specify how this degree program will help you in that setting.

    • Describe how you will appraise, use, and integrate current evidence in kinesiology into your professional practice.

    • State how your previous education and work experiences have uniquely prepared you for success in this program.

  4. Submit a resume/vita.
  5. Submit three professional references including name, title, phone, email for each reference.

*Exceptions Policy: If you have below a 3.0 GPA in your baccalaureate degree you will need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for your particular program.

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Admission into a distance education program offered by Point Loma Nazarene University is granted at the time of initial acceptance into the program and is dependent on authorized program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of admission. If a student moves to another state after admission to the program, continuation within the program will depend on whether Point Loma Nazarene University is authorized to offer distance education courses in that state and/or whether Point Loma Nazarene University meets the professional licensure requirements for a specific program in that state. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the institution of a change in his or her physical presence.

State Authorization

State authorization is a formal determination that PLNU is approved to conduct educational activities regulated by that state or U.S. Territory. PLNU is not required to obtain state authorization in every state or U.S. Territory, and the university has opted at this time not to seek authorization in certain states and U.S. Territories. Additionally, PLNU meets the criteria for exemption from authorization in certain states.

At this time, PLNU does not have authorization in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the U.S. Territories. 

Authorizations in specific states may change periodically. PLNU recommends contacting PLNU admissions at (800) 733-7770 for the latest information.

Career Opportunities

PLNU’s sport management master's degree will prepare you for leadership in a variety of fields, such as: 

  • Athletic Director 
  • Community College Professor 
  • Contract Administrator
  • Corporate Wellness Professional 
  • Facilities and Events Coordinator
  • Head Coach
  • Physical Education Teacher 
  • Sport Scientist
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Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

Financial Aid and Student Support


Scholarships ranging from $500-2500 are available to those who qualify. Please contact your Enrollment Counselor for further information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to be admitted into this program?

To be admitted into PLNU's Kinesiology, M.S., Sport Management program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript that indicates the completion of an undergraduate degree. You must also have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. If you don’t meet the minimum GPA requirement, please contact your enrollment counselor regarding the exceptions process.

Can I work while completing the program?

Absolutely. The sport management program consists of all-online courses that allow for a flexible schedule, so you can continue to work full or part time.

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You will have the option to apply for a number of scholarships through Student Financial Services. This program qualifies for state and federal financial aid options. Contact your enrollment counselor for more information.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The expected completion time is 12 months.

How large will the classes be?

Class sizes are estimated to be 20 to 25 people.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible to apply for our 100% online programs at this time.

PLNU is a Christian university, but I am not a Christian. Would I feel out of place in this program?

We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds as students in our programs. Issues that relate to faith may be discussed in some classes, and engaging in discussion with individuals with alternative points of view will be encouraged as learning opportunities. Students will work within a learning community that is supportive academically, spiritually, and emotionally.

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