Professional Master's Concentration in Sports Engineering
The Professional Master's Program (PMP) in Sports Engineering Concentration in the Graduate Program of Interdisciplinary Engineering (IDE) provides students with an opportunity to specialize their studies in the area of sports engineering. There are very few programs in the United States that offer formal sports engineering education, so participation in this program is advantageous for those with aspirations to work in sports. With the launch of the Ray Ewry Sports Engineering Center at Purdue, we have the opportunity to equip the next leaders in this field with the skills and tools needed to be successful in industry.
- Residential program: All courses are in-person on the West Lafayette campus.
- One-year program: Students earn a Professional MS in Interdisciplinary Engineering with a concentration in Sports Engineering.
- Prepares students for a career in the sports industry through a holistic and well-rounded approach that combines engineering, business, and digital technologies.
- Multidisciplinary approach to teaching that engages industry, academia, and sports federations.
- Demonstrate increased understanding of the sports engineering industry and trends
- Communicate, develop, lead and implement interdisciplinary sports engineering projects
- Exhibit application of data science in sports
- Critically evaluate current and upcoming technologies used in sport
- Display awareness of broader implications (social, economic, technical, ethical and business aspects) of sports engineering themes
- Engage in technical conversations with industry professionals to understand a product, further develop technology and build collaborations between groups in this highly interdisciplinary field
The program targets students who intend to learn skills that are in high demand in practical sports engineering, such as sports entrepreneurship, biomechanics, data analytics and management. Being housed in the Interdisciplinary Engineering Department, students will have the opportunity to pursue the broader engineering track that interests them to supplement the courses that fulfill this concentration. This program is not intended to lead to PhD research. The target audience consists of but not limited to:
- Former collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes looking to enhance their career and gain engineering and managerial skills
- Current undergraduates and recent graduates wishing to undertake graduate studies, but still wanting to enter industry quickly
- Domestic and international students who want an engineering degree that is more industry-oriented
- Practicing professionals who wish to attain additional technical or specialized expertise in order to improve their career pathways
Profile of a successful candidate:
- Bachelor’s degree (with or without professional experience)
- Passion for and understanding of sport
- Desire to impact the next generation of sport
- Analytical mindset and creative/innovative thinker
- Works well in team and individual environments
- Ability to apply learning to real-life experiences/problems
- STEM background recommended but not required
The professional masters is considered a terminal degree intended to prepare students for careers in industry, government, or professional practice (i.e. consulting), as such there is not a research component and there is no funding available.
Students will be required to take MSE 597: Sports Engineering and Entrepreneurship, in which they will be immersed in the state-of-the-art of the industry and interact with renowned experts in the field. This course is not only for students looking to start their own business, but also for any student interested in working in sports engineering.
Students can expect:
- A comprehensive exploration of the key areas of sports engineering with an emphasis on the future of the industry; examples include: digitalization, equipment and apparel, fan experience, data, etc.
- Development of a business plan for a startup in sports engineering with encouragement to critically think about opportunities for innovation based on knowledge gained in the course
- To select one class (2-3 credits) in data science/analytics
- The freedom to choose courses from the menu* to fill remaining credit hours in areas such as:
- Entrepreneurship/Patent Law
Sample Plans of Study
Example A: 2-Semester
Semester 1: 15 credits, 6 of which satisfy requirements for the concentration.
Semester 2: 15 credits, 3 of which satisfy requirements for the concentration.
Example B: 3-Semester
Semester 1: 12 credits, 3 of which satisfy requirements for the concentration.
Semester 2: 12 credits, 6 of which satisfy requirements for the concentration.
Summer term: 6 credits to complete degree. (**Note: there are limited grad course offerings in the summer)
Tuition and Fees
- $5,558.00 each Fall/Spring Semester
- $2,779.00 each Summer Semester
- 12-month total: $13,895.00
- 16-month total: $19,453.00
- $14,959.00 each Fall/Spring Semester
- $7,479.50 each Summer Semester
- 12-month total: $37,397.50
- 16-month total: $52,356.50
Because this is a one-year Professional Master’s Degree Program, Teaching and Research Assistantships are not available for students in this program.