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The Professional Tennis Management (PTM) Graduate Certificate at Bridgewater State University provides students with emphasized development of the knowledge and skills related to teaching and coaching the sport of tennis. Opportunities for employment as a tennis professional extend beyond the role of tennis instructor. Potential careers include Tennis Facilities Managers or Directors, Equipment Developers, Head Coaches for Men's and Women's Tennis Teams, Camp Directors, Sales Representatives, Marketing Directors, Event Coordinators, Resort Managers, Tennis Trainers and Youth Tennis Instructors.

Scholarship opportunities available. See "Cost of Attending".

Hear from our PTM Chair and Faculty by viewing the recorded USTA Webcast here!

Enroll in the PTM certificate separately or enroll in one of our Physical Education master's degree programs, and apply certificate credits towards your degree.


Bridgewater State University is the backbone of higher education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In partnering with the USTA, we are adding to the longstanding success of our Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies by introducing a Professional Tennis Management Graduate Certificate Program to New England, the first of its kind. We have collaborated with the USTA to develop relevant curriculum to prepare students for all levels of coaching opportunities, club and facility management and all business areas associated with the tennis industry. Paired with one of our master's degree programs, students will gain skills and earn opportunities to succeed in their dream jobs.

Our faculty are experts in their fields and work one on one with students to reach their academic and career goals. Dr. Lisa Krissoff Boehm, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies established the PTM graduate certificate program at BSU, having developed the first Northeast PTM undergraduate track at Manhattanville College. Dr. Krissoff Boehm’s leadership complemented by the expertise of PTM Directors Dr. Jennifer Mead and Dr. Karen Richardson provide an unmatched opportunity for graduate students to prepare for a career in the growing tennis industry.

The USTA-endorsed, Professional Tennis Management (PTM) Graduate Certificate:

  • One year, 16-credit graduate certificate
  • Low residency, cohort-based program
  • All PTM courses available online or hybrid, with the exception of a required short on-campus residency
  • A 3-credit internship experience in the tennis industry required*
  • Affordable Tuition

*With permission of the graduate coordinator, a student demonstrating evidence of current or prior experience as a tennis professional may opt to complete an approved elective course in lieu of the internship experience.

    Graduate Program Chair: Dr. Jen Mead

    Admissions Requirements

    Applicants must meet the below criteria in order to be admitted into the Graduate Certificate Program by the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Education and Health Sciences.

    • Completed Graduate Certificate application (apply online
    • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
    • A 2.8 overall GPA based on four years’ work for the undergraduate degree
    • Current resumé, including evidence of tennis experience, including coaching background, participation, recognitions and awards, and/or other related experience.
    • Two letters of recommendation. One must be from a current or former tennis trainer, tennis coach, or other tennis professional, and must address the applicant’s playing ability (current or in the past), and potential for future success as a tennis professional.
    • Evidence of current or past certification through PTR or USPTA (recommended).

    * Admission decisions to the Graduate Certificate Program are made on a rolling basis.
    ** Graduate Assistantships are available.

    Complete the PTM Certificate Program individually, or apply earned credits towards a variety of Physical Education Master's Degrees.


    Successful completion of following courses, including participation in short on-campus residency experience, is required to earn the Professional Tennis Management Graduate Certificate:

    Column one has the course, two has the credit level.

    Course Credits

    *PHED 538    Introduction to Professional Tennis Management:

    1 credit

    *PHED 548    Teaching Beginning Tennis Techniques

    3 credits

    *PHED 558    Teaching Advanced Tennis Techniques (low residency)

    3 credits

    PHED 568    Foundations of Effective Sport Coaching

    3 credits

    PHED 578    Organization & Administration for Professional Tennis Managers

    3 credits

    PHED 595*  Internship in Physical Education
    *With permission of the graduate coordinator, a student demonstrating evidence of current or prior experience as a tennis professional may opt to complete an approved elective course in lieu of the internship experience (PHED 595).

    3-9 credits (variable)

    Minimum Total:   

    16 credits


    Tuition and fees are $475.25 per credit for 2020-21 academic year.

    • Est. cost for the certificate program is ~$7,600
    • USTA-PTM Awards: Scholarships available for students enrolled in either the PTM graduate certificate or the MS in Physical Education, PTM and Coaching Concentration.
    • Graduate Assistantships are available for master's degree students to significantly reduce cost

    *Due to COVID-19, Housing Details are not currently available.  This section will be updated in the future.



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    Tim Hopper, PhD
    Associate Professor, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
    Program Lead Secondary PE Bachelor of Education
    Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.
    PTM Faculty, Bridgewater State University

    Dr. Hopper is an associate professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He received his PhD from the University of Alberta and as an avid tennis player playing, winning national tennis championships. He is a qualified assistant professional tennis coach working with county and provincial tennis squads. His scholarly work focuses on teacher education, physical education and the use of digital technologies in higher education. His current research focuses on the use of digital-portfolios in professional programs and schools.

    Jennifer K. Mead, PhD
    Graduate Chair, Professional Tennis Management
    Assistant Professor, Physical Education
    Movement Arts, Health Promotion, & Leisure Studies Department
    Bridgewater State University

    Dr. Mead is the Graduate Chair of the Professional Tennis Management Certificate Program and Assistant Professor in Physical Education. Dr. Mead holds an MS in Exercise Science and Sports Studies and a PhD in Physical Education/Sport & Exercise Psychology from Springfield College. She has taught at Bridgewater State University, Framingham State University, Springfield College, Plymouth State University and New England College. Her research includes authentic leadership and coaching efficacy in intercollegiate coaches, athletic identity and positive youth development in high school sports. Dr. Mead was a goalkeeper for the US National Soccer team from 1993-1998 and played soccer professionally in the WUSA in 2001.

    Karen Richardson, EdD
    Graduate Chair, Health and Physical Education
    Professor, Physical Education Teacher Education
    Movement Arts, Health Promotion, & Leisure Studies Department
    Bridgewater State University

    Dr. Richardson is a Professor and Department Graduate Chair of Health and Physical Education, in the Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies at Bridgewater State University. Her research interests are in the areas of constructivist teaching and learning; Teaching Games for Understanding; technology in education; and the development of tactical decision-making competence in gameplay using complexity thinking. She is committed to promoting learner and game centered approaches in her teaching and scholarship.

    Christina Bennett, MS
    PTM Faculty, Bridgewater State University
    Tennis Service Representative, USTA New England

    Christy comes to BSU as an adjunct instructor while managing programs in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island as the USTA-New England Tennis Service Representative. She is an energetic tennis and exercise science professional with over 15 years of expertise cultivating relationships with internal and external clients to facilitate motivating and challenging athletic experiences. She is a strength and conditioning specialist and tennis professional, previously the Head Professional for the Legend Oaks Tennis Club, with proficiency in physical education for students of all ages and abilities in the classroom and on court.

    Lisa Krisoff Boehm, PhD
    Dean, College of Graduate Studies
    Bridgewater State University

    Dr. Lisa Krissoff Boehm is the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Previously, she served as Founding Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, where she assisted faculty in the Sports Studies program with the creation of a Professional Tennis Management program for undergraduates. Part of the reason Boehm was eager to work at Bridgewater State University was the opportunity to collaborate with the highly respected MAHPLS department and the USTA, which led her and the faculty to develop the first PTM graduate certificate program in New England.

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