The Sport and Recreation Leadership program is in the process of enhancing its curriculum.  This is an involved process which has resulted in the actual classes being somewhat different from what is listed in the graduate catalog.  The information on this page is the most accurate.


The Sport & Recreation Leadership program is designed to empower students with the education and skill sets necessary to succeed and become a leader in the Sport or Recreation industries.


SRL has been in existence for over 25 years at JMU as a "concentration" within the Kinesiology Masters curriculum.   The SRL classes can be found in the graduate catalog under the Kinesiology title.  However, SRL is operated independently from Kinesiology in all aspects, and students are not required to take any classes which are "true" kinesiology classes.

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For detailed concentration and course requirements, visit the page for each of our concentrations
SRL Edge

Sport and Recreation are very competitive markets, so our faculty is comprised of professionals who have actually worked in a Sport and/or Recreation field.  That "real world" experience" and understanding of the practical knowledge and skills that students will need in their careers provide the "edge" that they will need to move ahead and stay ahead of the herd.

SRL Philosophy

Although foundational theories and information  must be learned, our primary focus is upon teaching the practical knowledge and "how  to" skill  sets which students will actually be using in his/her  career.  And, unlike many other Masters level programs which focus  solely upon  either Sport or Recreation, students are exposed to relevant information and examples from both disciplines.  Historically, this has proven to provide our students with far greater career flexibility and qualifications for more job opportunities.

Our students learn that practical knowledge and those skill sets from professors who have real career experience in the subject matter he/she teaches.  We believe that the best professor is one who can connect  theoretical foundations to the skills actually being utilized in sport and recreation careers. As examples, a lawyer teaches law, a marketer teaches marketing, a manager teaches management, etc.

Credit Hours and Track Selection

The SRL Master’s degree consists of thirty three (33) total credit hours. 6 to 9 of those hours are elective hours which allow students to enhance and individualize his/her educational experience; and 3 to 6 of those credit hours may be used to complete an internship.

Although the current JMU Graduate Catalog indicates that students may elect either the Sport Leadership track or the Recreation Leadership track, those have merged. Students now may elect either the Sport and Recreation Track or the Campus Recreation Track.

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