Sport Business MS

Major: Sport Business
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0299
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-1021

About the Program

The MS in Sport Business is designed for individuals working in the sport industry and for those who are looking to make a career change to the industry. Graduates of the program are familiarized with management skills suitable to the broad spectrum of organizations falling within the sport industry. These organizations include professional sports teams and leagues, intercollegiate athletics, sport governing bodies, sport agencies, sport marketing and promotions firms, and other corporate sport enterprises.

This program was developed to meet the needs of professionals working in the sport management field who want to develop the broader skill set needed to advance and for those looking to shift to the field of sport business. The degree is ideal for those interested in the business side of sport as well as for athletic administrators and those who have an interest in sport business research.

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Admission Requirements

Graduate admission is based on a holistic review process, which takes into consideration prior academic history, demonstration of professional experience and adequate preparation for graduate study. Please review the admission requirements for both domestic and international applicants on our Graduate Application Requirements webpage before submitting your application

Degree Requirements

Business Core
BUSN 501Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance3.0
ORGB 511Leading in Dynamic Environments: A Personal, Relational, and Strategic Approach3.0
STAT 601Business Statistics3.0
Sport Business Core
SMT 601Sports Industry Management3.0
SMT 602Sport Law3.0
SMT 603Sports Marketing3.0
SMT 605Sports Economics3.0
SMT 606Social Issues in Sport3.0
SMT 608Sport Media & Public Relations3.0
Experiential Component3.0
Choose from one of the following:
Graduate Internship
International Business Seminar and Residency
Leading for Innovation
Business Consulting
Business Agility and IT
Negotiations for Leaders
Leadership in Sport Management
Sports Industry Practicum
Electives or Graduate Minor *15.0
Legal Issues in New Ventures
Business & Economic Strategy: Game Theory & Applications
Corporate Financial Management
Business Conditions and Forecasting
International Financial Management
Marketing Strategy & Planning
Customer Analytics
Marketing Experiments
Buyer Behavior Theory
Global Marketing
Corporate Brand & Reputation Management
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
Supply Chain Management I
Sports Ticket Sales & Strategies
Corporate Sponsorship Sales & Strategies in Sport
Development & Fundraising Strategies in Sport
Introduction to the College Sport Industry
NCAA Compliance
Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining in Sport
Sports Promotion and Sales
Globalization of Sport
Sports Tournaments & Events
Managing Coaches & Teams
Sport Facilities & Event Management
Consumer Behavior in Sport
Gridiron Glory
Gender Equity in High School & College Sports
Sports Contracts
March Madness: The Economics, History, & Social Impact of the NCAA Basketball Tournaments
Special Topics in Sport Management
Statistics for Business Analytics
Datamining for Managers
Quality & Six-Sigma
Total Credits45.0

Additional Elective Options are available, please see your academic advisor.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
BUSN 5013.0SMT 6033.0SMT 6023.0Experiential Learning Requirement3.0
SMT 6013.0SMT 6053.0STAT 6013.0Elective3.0
 6 6 6 6
Second Year (Part-Time)
SMT 6083.0SMT 6063.0ORGB 5113.0Elective3.0
 6 6 6 3
Total Credits 45

Note: Second Year Summer is less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid will not be disbursed to students this term.

Note: Second Year Summer is less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid will not be disbursed to students this term.

Sport Business Faculty

Lawrence Cohen, JD (Temple University). Associate Clinical Professor. Sports and antitrust law; tickets & sales data analytics; sport sponsorship.
Jeffrey Levine, JD, PhD (Tulane University, University of Louisville). Assistant Clinical Professor. Esports, Sport law, sport development and policy; non-profits in sport.
Joel Maxcy, PhD (Washington State University) Department Head Sport Management & General Business. Professor. Economics of sport; labor economics & policy; economics of antitrust & regulation.
Sarah Napoli, MS (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor.
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