Sep 28, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Sport Management, MS (53-677) (30-33 hours)


Student Learning Outcomes - The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Sport Management will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of principles and theories in the sport management discipline.
  • Be able to utilize critical thinking skills to solve sport-related problems.
  • Demonstrate effective management and leadership principles related to ethical dilemmas in sport organizations.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in diverse sport contexts.
  • Be able to conduct sport management research using suitable analytical techniques.

The Sport Management Master’s Program provides relevant and applied learning experiences to prepare and equip Sport Management professionals for successful careers.  Elective, internship, and research course offerings augment a core of sport-related classes in the areas of finance, management/leadership, marketing, public relations, and law. The curriculum is instrumental in the preparation of students for careers in a broad array of organizational settings.  A diverse faculty possess expertise in a broad spectrum of sport management specialties.  The program’s vision is to become a program of national distinction in Sport Management through the quality of our learning experiences, the success of our students, and the impact of our faculty as national leaders in the discipline.  The motivation within the program is the passion and inspiration of seeing students experience success and realize a sense of ownership in their personal and professional development.

There are no specific undergraduate major requirements for acceptance into the Sport Management program.  However, unless the student has a major related to Sport Management, Business Management, or appropriate background courses, students must take SM 5750 - Foundations in Sport Management (3)  during their first semester in the program.  SM 5750  can be taken concurrently with other courses.

A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75/4.00 or a grade point average of 3.00/4.00 on 9 semester hours of earned graduate credit is required.  For graduate applicants who do not meet the 2.75 undergraduate GPA requirement, additional items will be required: Statement of Purpose - statement articulating why the prospective student wants to pursue an advanced degree in our program. Reference - Names of 2 references will be requested in order to contact these individuals regarding the potential graduate student’s ability to successfully complete the graduate degree. NOTE: GRE score is recommended for students not meeting GPA requirements.

For International students seeking admission into the program additional requirements apply: For unconditional admission International students must submit English proficiency scores with a minimum of 6.5 IELTS, 565 paper based TOEFL, or 87 internet based TOEFL. Applicants not meeting the minimum required English proficiency scores may apply for conditional admission if their English proficiency scores are 6.0 IELTS, 550 paper based TOEFL, or 79 internet based TOEFL. All conditionally admitted students must enroll into the appropriate Intensive English Program to improve English proficiency scores to become unconditionally admitted before enrolling in courses for the MS in Sport Management program.

Application Due Dates: To be considered for admissions into the M.S. in Sport Management degree program and to ensure available capacity, early submission of application materials is recommended. Priority consideration will be give to students who apply at the beginning of the semester prior to the anticipated admissions term. Applicants will be notified of their admission status via email. Admission decision will be based upon the merit of the application and the available space in the program.

A minimum of 33 credit hours is required for students who choose the internship area. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for students who choose the thesis area.

Select Internship or Thesis Area (15-18 Semester Hours)


Minimum Graduate Hour Total: 30-33 Semester Hours


When a student takes the internship option, a total of 33 hours are required.   When a student takes the thesis option, a total of 30 hours are required.