Cultural Studies of Sport in Education, M.A.

Cultural Studies of Sport in Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 15 months


We investigate the ways in which institutionalized sport both conflicts with and complements the educational missions of American secondary and post-secondary schools. The course of study includes:

  • the philosophy of education;
  • physical education and modern sport in the United States;
  • pedagogical practices of coaches and teachers;
  • issues related to urban education;
  • the sociology of sport; and
  • the academic and athletic identification of student athletes in relation to the social categories of (dis)ability, race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.

Students also engage in projects that evaluate the policies of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and in research related to the motivation and achievement of student athletes at the secondary and intercollegiate levels of competition.

Programme Structure

  • Twenty-four units are required to complete the Master of Arts degree with the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education concentration.
  • Students enroll in program-specific core courses, GSE-wide core courses, complete a semester-long internship, and conduct an original research project. The remaining coursework will be based upon a student's specific interests, career ambitions and research agenda.
Other requirements include:
  • an internship that provides practical experience in a professional athletic or educational setting. Students work 10 hours per week over the course of the semester. Read about internships [link to internship info];
  • completion of a Master's project. This provides students with opportunities to hone their academic writing skills, to create a lasting body of work that they can point to after completing the program, and to investigate a particular series of research questions that they find most interesting.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 15 months
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

There is no typical CSSE student. Prior teaching experience is not required. Previous students have included:
  • professional and/or Olympic athletes
  • coaches and trainers at the youth, secondary or intercollegiate level;
  • directors and grant writers for community-based sports programs;
  • public school teachers and administrators;
  • academic advisors, learning specialists and tutors; and
  • athletic administrators, policy makers and researchers.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    32930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 15 months.
  • National Applies to you

    32930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 15 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    17828 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8914 USD per semester and a duration of 15 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
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