Top Schools with Sport Management Graduate Programs

Find out which top schools offer graduate programs in sport management, which may lead to a career in coaching, arena management or athletic department administration. Read about the degree options at three universities, and get an idea of what other schools in the U.S. offer graduate studies in sport management.

School Information

Graduate programs in sport management can be found at Indiana University in Bloomington, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Oregon in Eugene. The programs can lead to a Master of Arts or Science, Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and may include specialized topics in law, marketing and strategic planning. All of these schools are highly regarded by U.S. News & World Report.

1. Indiana University in Bloomington

School Highlight: Master's degree program admits only 20 applicants each year.

Indiana University (IU) ranked tied for 30th among top public schools, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The university's Department of Kinesiology offers a Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sport management. Graduate coursework includes topics in administration, financial analysis, law and marketing; students also receive training in communication and strategic planning. The school also offers a Ph.D. in Sport Management program, which prepares students to become professors or administrators in sport management.

2. University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill

School Highlight: Dual-degree program in law and sport administration.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC - Chapel Hill) ranked 30th on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities in 2015. Through the College of Arts and Sciences, students can earn a Master of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science with a specialization in sport administration. First-year graduate students may apply for a teaching assistant position. In the second year, each graduate student receives a full-time internship with the UNC - Chapel Hill Athletic Department.

3. University of Oregon in Eugene

School Highlight: The Women in Sports Business Symposium, an annual event featuring industry leaders, is planned and managed by sport management students.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Oregon tied for 50th on their list of top public schools for 2015. The university's Charles H. Lundquist School of Business, the nation's first business school, offers a Master of Business Administration in Sports Business. Once enrolled, graduate students pursue topics in strategic planning, marketing, sponsorship and management law. The school's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center partners with industry corporations and professional sports teams to provide students with experiential learning opportunities, which can include consulting projects, learning trips and summer internships.

Top Sport Management Graduate Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Columbia University Part-time Master of Science in Sport Management program emphasizes accounting, finance and marketing New York, NY
Georgetown University Master of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management offers tracks in business, management and operations; communications and new media or strategic marketing Washington, DC
New York University Offers an M.S. in Sports Business New York, NY
Ohio State University Department of Recreational Sports is considered one of the biggest and best-managed campus recreation programs in the country Columbus, OH
University of Florida The College of Business Administration and the College of Health and Human Performance (Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management) offer joint and concurrent degree programs in sports management Gainesville, FL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Offers a thesis option Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota Offer M.Ed. and M.S. programs Minneapolis, MN

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