Sport Science

The Master of Science in Sport Science is a 30-credit, fully online graduate degree with courses structured to allow you to complete the program in one calendar year or attend part-time. This program draws students from across the country and is ideally suited to those who wish to work as professionals in sport settings or who wish to enhance their current sport-related careers through advanced training.

Patricia Lally 


Patricia Lally, Ph.D.

713 Robinson Learning Center, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2416 








Program Overview

Program Overview

Graduate study in sport science provides advanced preparation for those who love sports and wish to pursue sport-related careers. The Master of Science in Sport Science offers students two track options.

Graduates of the Sport Administration track are prepared for careers ranging from marketing, sales and sponsorship to event planning and facility management in professional, amateur, educational and community sport settings.

Having examined how psychological factors influence sport performance and physical activity participation, and how sport and physical activity involvement affect psychological well-being, graduates of the Sport and Exercise Psychology track are prepared to help athletes and others achieve optimal performance.


"As a coach and teacher who is constantly busy, the LHU MS Sport Science Program is set up perfectly for me because I can do the class work on my own time.  I was initially nervous about the online format because I ask a lot of questions, but I found that I learned a lot more by doing assignments on my own.  Also, the format of the class gives me chances to contact teachers and peers frequently which helps a lot.  With the hope of becoming an Athletic Director down the road, I believe that the material being taught in this program will ultimately help me achieve my goal.  Although I only took 2 courses so far, I know that I made the right choice by choosing LHU for achieve my Master's degree."

David Jake Wartella

The LHU MS Sports Science Program is great. The work itself is relatively recent to today's issues, problems and concerns which makes it very interested to learn about. For the total work load to be online, the professors really make sure you understand the assignments. I love the fact that I don't have to sit in a classroom yet have the same access to professors if I have any questions. I'm able to work full time while getting my masters which enables me to gain more work experience to go along which furthering my education. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to capitalize on both work and education.

Peaches Nesmith

Sport Administration Track

Sport Administration Track

In addition to three core classes, the Sport Administration track includes 15-18 credits of required coursework that includes a three credit capstone project or six credit field experience and three to six credits of electives. This program will prepare you to pursue a career in the sport industry including:

  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Sales and Sponsorship
  • Event Management
  • Facility Management
  • Athletic Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Coaching

Specific positions include:

  • General Manager
  • Marketing Director
  • Athletic Director
  • Corporate Sales Manager
  • Facility Manager
  • Media Relations



Sport & Exercise Psychology Track

SRSport & Exercise Psychology Track

As one of only a handful of online degrees in sport and exercise psychology in the country, this track will ready you for a variety of professional roles. In addition to three core classes, the Sport and Exercise Psychology track includes an additional 15 credits of required coursework including a three credit capstone project and 6 elective credits.  LHU was recently ranked third in the country in the most affordable online sport psychology programs

Career options associated with this track include:

  • AASP Certified Consultant educating coaches, athletes, officials, and parents about sport and exercise psychology and performance enhancement techniques
  • University Athletic Department Liaison
  • Army Center for Performance Enhancement
  • Fitness Consultant or Lifestyle Coach
  • Counseling Psychology

The application of sport and exercise psychology principles in settings other than sport and exercise has also been growing steadily. Graduates, therefore, may also work in non-sport settings.



Application Process and Deadlines

Application Process and Deadlines

To complete the admissions process, students must submit:

  • Online application
  • Official college transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of professional goals

Application materials may be sent electronically to  or mailed directly to the following address:

Lock Haven University
Office of Admissions, ATTN: Graduate 
401 N Fairview Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745

*Lock Haven University graduates do not need to request transcripts; the Office of Admissions will do this on your behalf.

Students also have the option of registering for up to three courses as a non-degree seeking student and have those courses automatically transfer to degree seeking status upon official enrollment in the program.  If you would like to register for courses as a non-degree student complete the Walk-In Registration process.

Note:  Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for state or federal financial aid.

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Program Highlights

  • 100% Online Delivery: LHU’s distance instructional methods are designed to maintain a personal, one-to-one mentoring and supervisory relationship with degree candidates while making it possible to create active and engaged learning communities. No campus visits or on-campus residencies are required. Much of the coursework is completed via virtual classrooms utilizing the latest technology in online instruction.
  • Flexible Start Dates & a Diverse Student Population: You can begin coursework in the fall, summer, or spring semester. Because the coursework can be completed 100% online, our students hail from across the country. 

Featured Program Faculty

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Dr. Patricia Lally
Peter Campbell
Bridget Roun
Dr. Richard Lally

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Graduate Admissions

401 N. Fairview Street, Lock Haven, PA
(570) 484-2027

Office Hours

8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday

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