A. Potential career paths can be found in such areas as management, marketing, legal, risk management, financial, the media, promotions, public relations, communications, sports information, design, retail, manufacturing, and coaching. The following are examples of the industry segments: sports media, sports facilities and arenas, sports retail business, sport product manufacturing, sport club management, entrepreneurial enterprising, amateur and community sports enterprises, professional sports, sports travel and tourism, international sport management, college sports, and athlete representation and management. Other students have used the master's degree as a basis for continuing onto law school focusing on sport law, or a doctoral program to obtain a Ph.D. to become a sport management professor.
Some graduates from our program are employed with the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Spirit, Atlantic Coast Conference, Auburn University, NASCAR, Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Padres, Southeastern Conference, St Louis Cardinals, University of Alabama, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Texas-Austin, USA Track & Field, and William and Mary.
A. No. This program is designed for students with a wide variety of backgrounds and degree fields. Incoming students may be required to take prerequisite courses for accounting and economics, depending on undergraduate degree.
A. The program is 36 credits, with 9 credits for full time graduate student status; the program can be completed in 4 semesters.
A. Yes. The program may be completed in less than 2 years based on the availability of classes, the number of credits taken each semester, and the utilization of the Summer Semester.
A. No. Specialization occurs through the coursework, internship experience, and thesis experience.
A. No. Admission is possible in the Fall and Spring. Summer admission is not available. Fall admission deadline is May 1st and Spring admission deadline is October 1.
A. No. The internship cannot be taken until all other courses of the program have been completed, unless otherwise specified, and permitted by a faculty advisor.
A. Students have the option to complete the internship requirement or they can elect to pursue the thesis track. The internship is the cornerstone and culminating experience of the program in which the student will work in an approved sport business enterprise under professional supervision. The student is required to acquire the place for the internship in consultation with a faculty advisor. The internship cannot be taken until all other courses of the program have been completed unless otherwise specified and permitted by a faculty advisor. Along with the internship requirement, the student will also be required to take the Comprehensive Exam. The thesis track requires Master's-level students in sports administration to conduct research and complete a formal thesis. It must be started two semesters prior to graduating and is overseen by a faculty advisor. The thesis track does not require taking the Comprehensive Exam.