People who use sports to contribute to healthy societies must master the knowledge of sports required to maintain and improve the well-being of individuals and groups. People who are able to develop sports culture and the sports industry must have the management skills necessary to run health and sports businesses. For example, overdoing it during sports can result in sporting injuries and sporting disabilities. Obviously, therefore, one must be knowledgeable about sports and how they relate to different life stages and lifestyles if one is to contribute to health. Using that knowledge to develop appropriate environments in turn contributes to the development of the sports industry.

Below is a description of the subjects offered in the master course to achieve these objectives.

  • Specialized Module (required)
    Aging Society, Behavior Change for Health, Administrative Issues in Health and Sport
  • Specialized Module (electives)
    Health Risk Assessment, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, Health Enhancement Programs, Gerontology, Geriatric Medicine, Legal Aspects of Sport Management, Sport Industry, Communications in Sport
  • Internship Related Module
    Environmental Design for the Elderly, Management Issues in Sport, Community Development and Sport, Sport Marketing
  • Five sponsored classes
    Applied Sports Psychology I, Applied Sports Psychology II

Research guidance is the focus of the doctor course, where students master advanced professional skills and research capacities.

  • Advanced Studies in Sports Management (1st year)
  • Joint Seminar on Sports Management (1st-3rd year)


Leading practitioners and researchers in the area of sports management require the insights that come from practical experience, together with the ability to theoretically and systematically organize them, and the ability to apply basic theory and knowledge to the solution of real-life problems. The internship curriculum in the Graduate School of Health Management emphasizes education that translates directly into both practice and research.

Students in the Course for Sports Management take the Internship Related Module during the Fall Term of the 1st year, and participate in four-week internships during spring break at the end of the Term.

Internship placements are made in consultation with individual students based on their research objectives. Below are some examples of the many different organizations accepting interns.

  • Sports management organizations
  • Professional sports organizations (leagues, clubs, teams)
  • Prefectural sports associations
  • Wide-area sports centers
  • Sporting event secretariats (international championships, domestic championships)
  • Sports medicine organizations
  • Universities (research institutes, athletic associations)
  • Companies (health, construction, nutrition, sports businesses)
  • Media (newspapers)