Learn about our prestigious origins
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Learn about our prestigious origins

Get to Know the KU Department of Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences

Through our values and traditions, the past continues to shape our present. The rich and storied athletic history of the University of Kansas provides an ongoing advantage to our online master’s in sport management* students.

We’re not just game-changers—we’re game-inventors. Twelve years before the founding of our unparalleled Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences was founded, a relatively unknown chapel director and physical education instructor, James Naismith, arrived on campus. You read that right: The founder of the department is James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.

Today, the department is located within the Robinson Center, which includes numerous recreational venues, academic classrooms and a variety of research facilities.

Get off the bench and in on the action by joining our sport management master’s program. Like Naismith who created the game out of passion rather than professional aspirations, the network of Jayhawk alumni are dedicated to outperforming our competitors while helping Jayhawks succeed across the globe.

Are you ready to get a leg up in your sport career?

*This program is a Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in health, sport management, and exercise science with an emphasis in sport management.

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About the KU School of Education

Founded in 1909, the University of Kansas School of Education has prepared future educators, coaches, administrators, instructors, directors and more for a lifetime of learning, success and transformative influence—and, in that time, we’ve made quite a name for ourselves.

Our Strong Name in Education

Top 15 Best Education School (among public universities)1

As the only Kansas Board of Regents university to qualify for membership in the select Association of American Universities (AAU), a group of 71 public and private research universities chosen for their excellence in professional preparation, robust graduate offerings and international research achievements, the KU School of Education is committed to encouraging the highest quality of academic offerings.

Because of this noteworthy distinction and commitment, the School of Education emphasizes the following areas of educational excellence:

  • Instruction
  • Research
  • Service
  • International Dimension
  • Values

Our Game-Changing Curriculum

Learn how our interdisciplinary curriculum is uniquely designed to prepare you for the day-to-day operations in the world of sports and recreation.


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Explore Further Career Options

Visit our Career Resources page to learn more about how our master’s degree helps prime you to outshine the competition on today’s competitive job market and what we can do to help your job hunt after graduation.