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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MA
Department : Child, Family and Community Sciences Option : Nonthesis
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Admission to this program has been suspended effective Summer 2015. The Student Athlete Support Services (SASS) Track in the Educational Leadership MA program prepares student support personnel for professional career positions working in athletic departments.


Total Credit Hours Required:
39 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The Student Athlete Support Services track in the Educational Leadership MA program requires a minimum of 39 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, including six credit hours of core courses, 27 credit hours of specialization, six credit hours of professional field experience, and passing a comprehensive exam at the end of studies.

The MA program does not fulfill state certification requirements.

Required Courses—33 Credit Hours

Core—6 Credit Hours

  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6432 Measurement and Evaluation in Education (3 credit hours)

Specialization—27 Credit Hours

  • EDH 6635 Organization and Administration of Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6065 History and Philosophy of Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6935 Capstone Seminar in Student Personnel (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6407 Ethical and Legal Issues in Student Personnel (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6634 Student Personnel Services in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6047 Theories of College Student Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6655 Athletics in the American University (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6656 Academic Success and the Student Athlete (3 credit hours)
  • ADE 6678 The Socio-Historical Context of Adult Education (3 credit hours)

Professional Field Experience—6 Credit Hours

  • EDH 6946 Higher Education Internship (3 credit hours)
  • EDH 6947 Practicum in Student Athlete Support Services (3 credit hours)

Independent Learning

Both an internship and practicum are required for completing the degree, in addition to a capstone seminar.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation, with one being from a staff, administrator, or faculty at a college or university familiar with your involvement or engagement in postsecondary education.
  • Resumé.
  • Personal statement explaining your past, present, and future involvement in events or activities related to your development in Student Athlete Support Services.

An individual and group interview may be required. The Student Athlete Support Services track admits in fall and spring terms only. 


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.