Master's Degrees in Fitness Management

A master's degree in fitness management or sports management can prepare you to work as a health or fitness manager, as well as a marketing or advertising manager. Read about education programs and salary info. Schools offering Education - Sports Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will a Fitness Management Program Teach Me?

Fitness management master's degree programs incorporate topics on fitness, health and sports with business and leadership skills. Fitness management programs are limited; therefore, you might want to consider enrolling in a sports or health management master's degree program. Some programs require you to hold a bachelor's degree in fitness management or a related field, but many programs take students from a variety of academic backgrounds.

A fitness or sports management program can show you how to apply advanced fitness knowledge to business and marketing positions. Most programs end with a thesis project or a comprehensive final exam. Some programs allow you to gain clinical experience by interning at a fitness club, athletic facility or community center. Typical fitness management topics that you'll explore include:

  • Advanced kinesiology
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Athletic management
  • Ethics
  • Sports psychology
  • Fitness marketing
  • Sports business

Degree Fields Sports or health management programs are most common
Common Degree Topics Management, marketing, kinesiology, ethics, leadership
Online Availability Sometimes available, though some in-person sessions may be required
Possible Careers Marketing manager, fitness center manager, advertising and promotional manager
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 10% growth (for all advertising, promotions, and marketing managers)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Are There Distance Learning Options?

You can enroll in an online master's degree program in fitness management; however, online options are rare. If you do participate in an online program, you might need to attend laboratory classes on weekends at different locations across the country. To participate in an online program, schools usually recommend that you have a broadband Internet connection and install specific Internet browsers.

What Can I Do With This Degree After I Graduate?

With your master's degree in fitness or sports management, you can assume leadership positions with fitness centers, athletic organizations or sports teams. According to fitness center managers earned a salary ranging from approximately $29,000-$59,000 in July 2019.

A master's degree in fitness management may also lead to a management position in sports marketing or advertising. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, advertising and promotional managers made an average yearly salary of $133,090 in May 2018, while marketing managers earned an average of $147,240 per year in May 2018.

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