Areas of Study

Exercise Science

Dr. Kelly Helm, Director


The Exercise Science program at Valparaiso University is a science-based undergraduate curriculum designed to provide a background in the exercise sciences. Special emphasis is placed upon the primary disciplines of anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology and motor learning. Other required curricular areas include chemistry, math, physics, physiology and psychology.


Watch the video below showing the Department of Kinesiology and Department of Mechanical Engineering working along with Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute to develop an injury prevention metric.


Physical Education Teacher Education

Dr. Barbara Tyree, Director


The Physical Education Teacher Education concentration is designed to offer students a comprehensive background in theoretical and practical aspects of physical education. Graduates of the physical education: teacher education program are prepared to serve as teachers of physical education and health, as coaches, and in other recreational fields, as well as continue their education in graduate school.

Although physical education in the school setting is a continuing area of professional opportunity, personal physical activity and enjoyment of spectator sports have created new areas of opportunity for the physical educator.

Sports Management

Dr. David Rolling, Director


The undergraduate Sports Management program prepares students for careers in professional sports, college athletics, amateur sports, youth sports or corporate positions with a sport-related component. The Sports Management program has been an established major of the college of Arts & Sciences for close to 20 years. Many graduates of the program have been successful in the fields of their choice, while others have returned to Valparaiso University as graduate students in the Sports Administration program.

Masters of Science in Sports Administration/JD Program

Dr. David Rolling, Director

The Master of Science in Sports Administration (MSSA) is a 39-credit program for individuals interested in pursuing careers in the management of sports personnel and facilities. The program capitalizes, builds upon and interfaces with the University's NCAA Division I status. Graduates of this program may assume supervisory or administrative positions in a variety of settings, including public recreation systems, voluntary agencies, facility and event management, community based athletic programs or professional sports organizations.

The JD/MSSA program offers students in the Valparaiso University School of Law a dual law (JD) and Sports Administration (MS) degree program. Together these programs require 114 credits. Law students must meet all the standard admissions requirements for the program.

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