A Message from the Chair

The mission of the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness is to promote academic rigor and sound practice as it relates to health, wellness, fitness, sport management and sport performance leadership.

The Applied Physiology and Sport Management program includes a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Sport Management (APSM) with specializations in Applied Physiology and Health Management, Sport Management and Sport Performance Leadership.

In addition to the B.S. program, the APW department offers an M.S. in Sport Management, an M.S. in Health Promotion Management and a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology. We also have three research laboratories: the Locomotor Performance Lab, the Simmons Applied Physiology/Biomechanics Lab and the Cerebrovascular Research Laboratory. 

The Wellness program offers two courses: Personal Responsibility and Wellness I and Personal Responsibility and Wellness II that completes the University Curriculum requirement. The wellness courses reflect the University's philosophy that a balanced education should enhance the social, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of students.

Master of Science in Sport Management

Whom does this course of study serve?

SMU’s Master of Science in Sport Management degree is designed for students who have a passion for the business of sport and who aspire to hold senior-management positions in the billion-dollar sports industry.

What are the benefits of completion?

Cox School and Simmons School faculty members with real-world experience in professional leagues and teams, media and broadcasting, marketing and sponsorship, facilities and sports equipment, and apparel teach the essential business skills of sport management.

Sport Management Undergraduate Program

Whom does this course of study serve?

This program is designed for undergraduates interested in understanding management principles required of professionals in the world of sport.

What are the benefits of completion?

Academic coursework and experiential learning opportunities equip students with skills suitable for a variety of career paths including sport marketing, management of sport organizations, representation of professional athletes, public relations, and sport facility and event management.

Sport Performance Leadership

Whom does this course of study serve?

This program is designed for undergraduate students interested in developing the academic and practical skills necessary for the leadership and instruction of sport in elementary, secondary, and collegiate settings; with elite-level students; and through private-practice coaching.

What are the benefits of completion?

Students develop coaching and leadership skills.

Personal Responsibility and Wellness

Whom does this course of study serve?

As part of the University Curriculum, all SMU undergraduates are required to take PRW1 and PRW2 Wellness courses, which serve to enhance the social, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of students.

What are the benefits of completion?

All department offerings challenge students to think critically about the decisions they make and teach skills to deal with potential imbalances in lifestyle. Learning opportunities encourage an attitude of personal responsibility and lifelong comprehensive wellness.