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New WVU program offers flexibility to meet sport and physical activity career ambitions

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A new Multidisciplinary Studies Program at WVU provides students with the flexibility to explore unique educational opportunities in the fields of physical activity and sport sciences. Possible career paths include athletic administrator, sport analyst, sports events manager, strength and conditioning coach and sports data scientist.
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An innovative Multidisciplinary Studies Program at West Virginia University will allow students to pursue their passion and explore endless career possibilities in the physical activity and sport industries. The bachelor’s degree, based in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, will help students succeed in both traditional and cutting-edge professions.

Students enrolled in the new MDS major will combine three minors, with a minimum of two from CPASS, to create a plan of study for the ideal career.

“This degree provides students with the flexibility to explore unique educational opportunities offered at the university. For students who aspire to attend graduate school, the major allows them the opportunity to customize a plan of study to meet necessary prerequisites,” explained Valeria Wayda, department chair and professor, Coaching and Teaching Studies, CPASS.

“Employers and graduate school programs seek versatile and creative individuals, like graduates of the CPASS MDS program,” Wayda added.

Students will gain in- and out-of-class experiences within the business that has experienced major growth during the past several decades. Experts estimate that revenue from the sport and physical activity industry exceeds $400 billion worldwide. 

“Select a minimum of two CPASS minors and one additional minor to create your plan of study for a dream career. If you supply the vision, we will help you develop a plan and gain the experiences necessary to achieve it,” Wayda said.

Possible career paths include athletic administrator, sport analyst, sports events manager, strength and conditioning coach and sports data scientist. Various specializations blend sport communication, sport and exercise psychology, scholastic coaching and group fitness instructor minors.

Students can apply for admission into the CPASS MDS program upon meeting necessary academic requirements. Contact Lindsay Augustine, CPASS Office of Student Success, for more details.

-WVU-

kc/02/27/17

CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
304.293.0827, kimberly.cameon@mail.wvu.edu

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