The Georgia State Difference
Internationally ranked. With roots dating back more than 30 years, Sport Administration is a respected program throughout the university and consistently highly ranked by SportBusiness International. The program was ranked as the #10 program in the world in 2016 and #21 in 2018.
Prime location and industry connections. Atlanta is home to the CFP National Championship, Super Bowl, and NCAA Men’s Final Four in the next three years, all taking place in one of the most environmentally friendly stadiums in the world. Students in our research-focused program will benefit from our existing partnerships and strong alumni base with former students working with the Atlanta Falcons, Braves, Hawks, Dream, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Georgia Tech Athletics, and others.
Historic program at a thriving downtown university with a diverse student body. Recognized for its diverse students, innovative programming, and growing footprint in downtown Atlanta—including a reimagined and retrofitted Olympic Stadium—Georgia State is experiencing a transformation.
Internationally recognized faculty with a wide range of interests. In the past decade, our graduate faculty members have collectively published more than 70 articles, books, and book chapters, and presented research on five continents. Our faculty include an Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award recipient, two NASSM Research Fellows, and a Fulbright Specialist. Students have ample opportunities to learn about the industry from those who study it.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Graduate Assistantship Opportunities. We offer more than 30 graduate assistantship opportunities with sport organizations, allowing students to receive full tuition waivers and stipends. Annual positions range from college athletics, high schools, and agencies. Apply to the program early to be considered. After acceptance, an interview process is conducted to place qualified students.
Industry Involvement. There are numerous opportunities to go beyond the classroom and gain experience in research and the industry. The program hosts a leadership speaker event, GSU Sport Leadership Forum, every spring. A team of graduate students compete in the College Sport Research Institute Conference Case Study Competition every year. The program partners with the SEC Football Championship each December with students serving as exclusive event and game volunteers.
Internship or Thesis Tracks. Students have the option to complete an internship in their final semester to gain industry experience or complete a thesis research project.
Major Sporting Events
Some of the mega-events hosted in Atlanta over the past three decades include:
- Two Super Bowls (XXVIII in 1994 and XXXIV in 2000, LIII in 2019)
- 1996 Centennial Olympic Games
- 1993 and 2003 Women’s NCAA Final Four
- 2002, 2007 and 2013 Men’s NCAA Final Four, 2020
- 2000 MLB All-Star Game
- 2001 and 2011 PGA Championship
- 2003 NBA All-Star Game
- 2006 Sugar Bowl
- 2008 NHL All-Star Game
- 2018 College Football National Championship
- Atlanta is the home of many annual sporting events, such as:
- Georgia 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
- AVP Crocs Tour
- THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola
- ATP BB&T Atlanta Open
- Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic
- Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl & Kick Off Classic
- SEC Football Championship
- SEC and ACC Men’s Basketball Tournaments: Most Recent Years were 2011 (SEC) 2012 (ACC)
Guest speakers in classes in the past include staff from the following organizations:
- Atlanta Braves
- Atlanta Dream
- Atlanta Hawks
- Atlanta Falcons
- Atlanta United
- Blaze Sports
- Collegiate Licensing Company
- College Football Playoff
- Georgia World Congress Center
- GSU Athletics
- GSU Recreation
- Georgia Dome
- Georgia Tech Athletics
- Kennesaw State University Athletics
- Philips Arena
- SunTrust Park
- Turner Sports
- Vivid Marketing – Team Epic