Professional Master's Concentration in Sports Engineering


Mission

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Target Audience

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
  • Self-motivated
  • STEM background recommended but not required

Concentration Requirements

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:
    • Biomechanics
    • Entrepreneurship/Patent Law
    • Management
    • Materials
    • Sensors
    • Systems

Core Courses

Dept.
Num.
Credits
Title
Area
REQUIRED
MSE
597
3
Sports Engineering and Entrepreneurship
Sports Engineering
PICK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
MGMT
571
3
Data
MGMT
670
3
Data
ELECTIVES
BME
540
3
Biomechanics
ECE
570
3
Digital Technologies
IE
577
3
Systems
ME
553
3
Entrepreneurship
ME
554
1
Entrepreneurship
ME
577
3
Biomechanics
MGMT
521
3
Management
MGMT
522
2
Entrepreneurship
MSE
524
3
Materials

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.

Course
Semester
Credits
Area
MGMT 670 Business Analytics
Fall 2022
3
Concentration
MSE 597 Sports Tech Entr.
Fall 2022
3
Concentration
MSE 600 Materials Engineering Fund.
Fall 2022
3
Major
BME 501 Biostatistics
Fall 2022
3
Major
SYS 500 Perspectives on Systems
Fall 2022
3
Major
IE 577 Human Factors in Eng.
Spring 2023
3
Concentration
IE 546 Economic Decisions in Eng.
Spring 2023
3
Major
MSE 597 Lean Manufacturing
Spring 2023
3
Major
CGT 572 Special Topics in HCDD
Spring 2023
3
Major
PSY 688 Research Meth. Soc Psych
Spring 2023
3
Major

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)

Course
Semester
Credits
Area
MSE 597 Sports Tech Entr.
Fall 2022
3
Concentration
HK 590 History of Sport
Fall 2022
3
Major
MGMT 670 Business Analytics
Fall 2022
3
Major
MSE 600 Mat. Eng. Fund
Fall 2022
3
Major
IE 577 Human Factors in Eng.
Spring 2023
3
Concentration
BME 581 Fund MEMS & Micr Int Sys
Spring 2023
3
Concentration
AAE Mechanics of Composite Mat.
Spring 2023
3
Major
CGT 572 Special Topics in HCDD
Spring 2023
3
Major
STAT 512 Applied Regression Analysis
Summer 2023
3
Major
IE 566 Prod. Management Control
Summer 2023
3
Major

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the program follow the regular Purdue graduate student rates and are funded entirely by the student. For the 2022-2023 academic year, tuition and fees are planned to remain the same as the 2021-2022 academic year rates, though this may be subject to change. Expenses to be considered separately from tuition include: books and course materials, living expenses, travel, and lodging. You should expect the following rates for tuition and fees, though this may be subject to change:

Resident tuition:

  • $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

Non-resident/International tuition:

  • $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

Detailed tuition information is available on the Bursar's website.

Because this is a one-year Professional Master’s Degree Program, Teaching and Research Assistantships are not available for students in this program.