Dual MSW/MEd in Sport Management

This degree program will provide an understanding of the need of social workers in athletic settings, give students knowledge of the social factors affecting athletes of all levels, develop skills to administer and develop athletic programs or facilities and discuss current perceptions of student athletes. Graduates will also gain an increase awareness of the issues regarding athletes and sport management, provide an awareness of opportunities for policy adjustments and applications of research findings, and will highlight social work values and ethics in examining the issues of professional and amateur athletes as they relate to race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, physical or mental disability, mental illness, and age.

Why Study this Program?

Students will learn emerging trends in working with athletes of all levels, in clinical and counseling settings and will gain knowledge and skills related to athletic programs and/or venue management. Students will also have the opportunity to develop methodologies for working with athletes in a number of areas, such as career counseling, life skills development, substance abuse prevention, advocacy, recruitment and transitioning to a post athletic career.

What Will You Learn?

Students will understand the emerging trends in social work and sports management that point to this need to include mental health awareness in athletics. Students will conduct and become aware of research related to the issues athletes face on and off the playing field, specifically in the fields of mental health and trauma. A program combined with Social Work and Sports Management will allow students to obtain a firm grounding in both disciplines, along with the ability to secure practicums or internships in either profession.

  • Course Schedule

    Year 1 Social Work Foundation Curriculum

    • SWK/SOWK 501 Principles and Philosophies of Social Work
    • SWK/SOWK 510: Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
    • SWK/SOWK 505: Understanding Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations
    • SWK/SOWK 520: Micro/Mezzo Social Work Practice
    • SWK/SOWK 525: Research Methods
    • SWK/SOWK 530/531 : Field Practicum I & II
    • SWK/SOWK 511: Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
    • SWK/SOWK 521: Macro Social Work Practice
    • SWK/SOWK 515: Social Welfare Policy

    Year 2 Dual Degree

    • SWK/SOWK 610: Advanced Micro Practice and Assessment
    • WSSD 601 Organization and Administration of Sport Programs
    • WSSD 602 Sport in American Culture
    • WSSD 604 Facilities and Event Management
    • WSSD 605 Sport and the Law
    • WSSD 689 Sport Marketing

    Year 3 Dual Degree Completion

    • WSSD 616 Internship
    • SOWK Elective
    • WSSD 622 Sport Finance
    • SWK/SOWK 620: Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups and Families
    • SWK/SOWK 625: Advanced Research Methods
    • SWK/SOWK 630/631: Advanced Field Practicum I & II
    • SWK/SOWK 615: Advanced Social Welfare Policy
    • SWK/SOWK 621: Advanced Macro Social Work Practice
  • Career Opportunities
    • Consulting with Sports Teams
    • Clinical Social Worker
    • Performance Counseling
    • Athletic Career Counselor
    • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
    • Social Work Professor
    • Sport Human Resource
    • Sport Event Coordinator
  • Clubs and Organizations
    • Social Work Organization
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