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The USTA-endorsed MS in Physical Education, Professional Tennis Management & Coaching (PTM & C) concentration is a 19-month, cohort-based, low-residency program designed to support the training and preparation of tennis professionals for careers within the tennis industry. All degree program courses are offered 100% online, with the exception of a required, short on-campus residency experience. A 3-credit (minimum) internship experience in the tennis industry is also a requirement of this program.*

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


Graduate Chair: Dr. Jennifer Mead

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed graduate degree application and application fee
  • Current resumé, including evidence of tennis experience, including coaching background, participation, certifications, recognitions and awards, and/or other related experience
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA based upon four years of work or a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • Evidence of current or past certification through PTR or USPTA is recommended
  • Evidence of current certification in Basic Life Support (Adult and Pediatric CPR & AED)
  • Three appropriate 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
  • Personal statement
  • *GRE Scores are not required

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment.
Applications that are not completed prior to the start of the semester will need to be moved to the next applicable semester.


Required course (3 credits)

Concentration courses (22-28 credits)

♦ A hybrid course will be offered on-campus during one of the low residency experiences.
♦♦ With permission of the graduate coordinator, a student demonstrating evidence of current or prior experience as a tennis professional may opt to complete an additional approved elective course in lieu of the internship experience (PHED 595).

Electives (3 credits)

Complete one course, selected from the following:

or  ATTR 510 - Sports Nutrition Concepts

Exit requirement: culminating experience (3-6 credits)

Complete one of the following options; an oral defense is required for either option:

*Students choosing to complete a thesis (PHED 502) are also required to complete PHED 517 or PHED 579 as an elective.

Total minimum credits: 31-34

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

Learning Outcomes

 After completion of the MS in Physical Education, students should be able to:

1. Critically read and evaluate research related to kinesiology.  

2. Apply quantitative or qualitative competencies required to conduct and understand research related to kinesiology.  

3. Apply evidence-based knowledge and skills for assessing client/student needs for designing and evaluating sport and physical activity programs.  

4. Explain concepts of foundational sciences related to the study of kinesiology with a specific focus in a selected area.  

5. Evaluate the psychological, physiological, or sociological strategies and forces that influence the sport/ physical activity experience to determine their impact on performance.  

6. Apply appropriate verbal, non-verbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity and sport. 

Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews. For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The MS in Physical Education program is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at

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