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Course : Graduate Project

Course Number
SPAD 6023
Section Number
Spring 2024
Bridwell Hall,
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

The graduate project is intended to give students the opportunity to demonstrate competency on the following program outcome.

·     O3 Acquire, synthesize, evaluate, and use information to make informed decisions. This outcome involves the ability to use the current literature and

research to develop and support the project submitted.


Graduate project is designed to give students an opportunity to use their creative talents, research abilities, and understanding of best practices to accomplish a goal or need associated with a real or hypothetical sport-related organization.

Students must select a topic different from the one studied in SPAD 5013 Research Methods in Sport Management.




The project is a creative, original endeavor that can take many forms. The following examples have been submitted by students in the past.

·     Review of literature on a current topic.

·     Quasi-research study including data collection and analysis.

·     Analysis of player/team stats for a given competitive season.

·     Risk analysis that includes identification of risks and strategies for reducing/eliminating the risk.

·     Creation of handbooks, manuals, professional presentations, and articles for publication.

Scholarly Requirements

The following scholarly requirements should form the basis for the project you select to complete. The degree of expectation is dependent on the type of project you complete.

·     The information presented should be supported by research-based studies from professional journals.

·     The professional literature should provide guidance relative to the design, direction, organization, and structure of the project undertaken.

·     The student’s work should demonstrate an understanding of best practice specific to the project completed.

Late Project Submission

*Graduate projects must be submitted on or before the deadline indicated above. The dropbox for the project will close at 11:59 pm, Monday, May 6. Failure to submit your project to the dropbox by the deadline will result in a final grade of F. Projects must be submitted to the dropbox for acceptance. Hard copy submissions and projects submitted via email attachment will not be accepted for grading.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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