Alcorn State University to offer first in the nation master’s degree in NCAA Compliance
Beginning this fall 2018, the Alcorn State University Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) will offer a master's degree program in NCAA Compliance and Academic Progress Rate Reporting (APR) – Non-Teaching track. The Department will also offer a post-baccalaureate certificate program in NCAA Compliance and Academic Progress Reporting.
Jason Cable, assistant vice president for Athletic Compliance, believes the new programs will enhance the students' knowledge while motivating them to succeed in their post-graduate careers.
"The Department is committed to preparing its graduates with the skills necessary to become highly qualified and proficient leaders for the global marketplace," said Cable. "Students will have the opportunity to experience fieldwork and internships that will prepare them for further career advancement."
Applicants pursuing the master's degree program on unconditional admission must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 for all undergraduate courses or a 2.65 GPA on upper undergraduate courses earned is also a requirement for admission. Applicants must submit the total of the combined scores on the verbal and quantitative components of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) and must earn a minimum score of three or above on the analytical writing component of the GRE, which equals 300 points.
Students seeking the master's program on conditional admission must have a bachelor's or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university, a minimum cumulative GPA or 2.50 for either all undergraduate courses or upper undergraduate courses earned, the total of the combined scores on the verbal and quantitative components of the GRE, and a minimum score of 1.5-2.5 on the analytical writing component of the GRE, which equals 200 points.
Dr. Johnny Thomas, chairperson of the HPER Department added, “The aim of this new hybrid program is to prepare and develop more knowledgeable practitioners for the ever-increasing focus area of intercollegiate student-athlete success and program compliance. One of our goals is to become a leader in this field.”
The 15-hour online certificate program is designed to provide a knowledge base regarding NCAA Compliance for professionals in intercollegiate athletics and those seeking a career change. Applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 for all undergraduate courses or a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.65 on all upper undergraduate courses earned. GRE test scores are not required for the certificate program. Students must complete all 15 hours credits and earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA in coursework to receive the NCAA Compliance Certificate.
Students seeking admission and more information may contact Mr. Jason Cable at 601-877-6114 or Dr. Johnny Thomas at 601-877-6507.