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Graduate Programs

M.S. in Athletic Training

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) prepares future health care professionals wishing to pursue a career in athletic training as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). The program aims to provide students a diverse academic and clinical experience by nurturing an educational foundation for continued professional growth. A strong connection to Ole Miss Athletics, area high schools, professional sports teams, clinics, hospitals, physician’s offices, and industry helps provide students the opportunity to learn from premier leaders in the field of athletic training.

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M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders prepares students to become certified Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP). The program is designed to fulfill the academic and practicum requirements for clinical certification established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), as well as for licensure in most states.

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Master of Criminal Justice

In-Person: The Master of Criminal Justice offers one in-person program option: Policy & Practice. Learn applied research skills to promote evidence-based policy and practice in fields of criminal justice from nationally recognized experts actively engaged in research on topics of crime and justice policy, applied criminology, international crime, racial disparities, restorative justice, among many other topics

Online (One-Year): The Master of Criminal Justice offers two fully online program options: (1) Homeland Security & Emergency Management and (2) Criminal Justice Leadership. Both program options are designed to be completed within one year. These programs are designed to provide people with the necessary skills and knowledge to become effective decision-makers and leaders in the fields of criminal justice, homeland security, and emergency management.

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M.S. in Exercise Science

The Master of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in fitness, allied health, research or advanced study at the doctoral (Ph.D.) level. The program prepares students for a broad range of health and fitness related professions through a curriculum that focuses on the applied sciences of exercise physiology and motor control. The curriculum ensures that students are presented with the most contemporary issues and trends in the application of exercise for weight management, cardiopulmonary health, maintenance of functional movement throughout the lifespan, and the application of exercise science to athletic performance.

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M.S. in Food & Nutrition Services

The Master of Science in Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program prepares students for careers in established or emerging clinical or industrial settings; doctoral studies in nutrition, food service management, or hospitality management; or post-secondary teaching positions. The program is designed to provide students with a broad background in nutrition, food service management, and hospitality management; development of necessary analytical skills; and exposure to current research. Students pursuing the M.S. in FNS degree choose from one of the two emphasis areas: (1) Nutrition and (2) Hospitality Management.

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M.S. in Hospitality Management (Online)

The Master of Science in Hospitality Management is a fully online that prepares management-level professionals for advancement of knowledge in hospitality management. The program aims to provide graduate students the opportunity to develop more effective operational and analytical skills while preparing individuals for leadership positions and career advancement in operations management or new careers in teaching and research.

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Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree prepares future public health professionals for roles in health policy, research, education, and administration. Courses such as our health equity class will prepare students to work with diverse populations, and applied learning experiences ensure MPH graduates are ready to join the workforce to promote health and tackle pressing public health issues.

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Master of Social Work

The Master of Social (MSW) work program equips students with the advanced knowledge, values, and skills to work in a variety of clinical settings such as health, mental health, aging, child welfare and administrative fields of practice. The MSW program offers a clinical concentration and has two tracks: a two-year 60-hour track (Regular Standing Program) and a one-year 36-hour track (Advance Standing Program). The Advance Standing Program is designed for highly qualified BSW students.

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M.S. in Sport Analytics (Online)

The Master of Science in Sport Analytics (MSSA) program is a one year, fully online program with two emphasis areas – sport performance and sport business. The MSSA program is designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and competencies in data acquisition, management, analysis, visualization and interpretation for improving sport performance and sport business. Coursework will prepare professionals with strong practical skills in analytics, focusing on measurement and statistical modeling and big data analytics in sport.

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M.S. in Sport & Recreation Administration

The Master of Science in Sport & Recreation Administration provides students the opportunity to learn and develop recreation program administration competencies to pursue careers in leisure, recreation, health, tourism and related professions. The program affords a unique opportunity to unite classroom instruction and practical in-field applications while working with an experienced and nationally renowned faculty committed to working closely with each student. All students are encouraged to attend professional conferences, workshops and achieve professional credentials.

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Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Policy Studies

The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Policy Studies degree program is designed to educate students to become competent and productive scholars in creating, studying, and evaluating criminal justice policies. The degree program prepares students for competitive jobs in the industry including careers as college/university professors, researchers for public and private organizations, and policy analysts.

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Ph.D. in Health & Kinesiology

The Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology degree program prepares students for university teaching and research positions. The program also prepares students for research careers in industry and medicine that include the study of health, exercise, sports/recreation, and analytics (aka, measurement and evaluation). The program has three emphasis areas: 1) exercise science; 2) health behavior; and 3) sports/recreation. In addition to their emphasis areas, students can choose an analytics* cognate.

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Ph.D. in Nutrition & Hospitality Management

Students pursuing the Ph.D. in NHM degree choose from one of the two emphasis areas: (1) Nutrition (with concentration in Sport Nutrition, Nutrition Policy, or General Nutrition) or (2) Hospitality Management. The program is designed to train and mentor students to become proficient teachers and researchers.

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Ph.D. in Social Welfare

The Ph.D. degree in Social Welfare is designed to train students to become competent scholars and applied practitioners who advance knowledge and provide leadership in addressing issues pertinent to at-risk and vulnerable populations. These include but are not limited to: racial and ethnic minorities, people who are economically disadvantaged, sexual minorities, people who are homeless, people suffering from mental illness, older adults, children, people with disabilities, refugee and undocumented persons, and survivors of abuse and trauma.

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Certificate in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration (Online)

The Intercollegiate Athletic Administration (IAA) Graduate Certificate is a fully online program that learners may complete in as little as 16 weeks. The program is designed for individuals that are seeking an advanced understanding of intercollegiate athletics administration. Students will develop current knowledge of the NCAA as an organization and an awareness of potential career paths in the intercollegiate athletics industry. The program is tailored to enhance professional competencies in NCAA governance, internal operations, external operations, and leadership skills with emphases in collegiate athletics organizations.

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Certificate in Academic Reform and Athletics Academic Success (Online)

The Academic Reform and Athletics Academic Success Graduate Certificate program is pending SACSCOC approval for Fall 2022.

The Academic Reform and Athletics Academic Success Graduate Certificate is a fully online program that includes four courses totaling 12 hours of graduate-level course work. Courses are offered in accelerated terms so that learners may complete the certificate in as little as 16 weeks or as long as two years. This program will teach students what working in athletics academic advising and support entails along with introducing the technical elements of student-athlete academic eligibility. Students will gain an understanding of academic reform in the NCAA to inform their understanding of the current landscape regarding advising student-athletes.

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