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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. Review the degree options at four universities, and get an idea of what other schools in the U.S. offer graduate studies in sport management. View article »

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Graduate programs in sport management can lead to a Master of Arts or Science, Master of Business Administration (MBA), or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and they may include specialized topics in law, marketing, and strategic planning. Sport management graduate programs can be found at Indiana University in Bloomington, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Oregon in Eugene, and Columbia University. All of these schools were nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Indiana University in Bloomington

Indiana University's master's degree program admits only 20 applicants each year. Indiana University (IU) ranked tied for 36th among top public schools, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2017. 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.

University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a 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 2017. 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 internship with the UNC - Chapel Hill Athletic Department.

University of Oregon in Eugene

At the University of Oregon, 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 46th on their list of top public schools for 2017. 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.

Columbia University in New York, NY

Columbia University's part-time Master of Science in Sport Management program emphasizes accounting, finance, and marketing. In the Master of Science in Sport Management program at Columbia, students take courses in interdisciplinary topics, such as global sports, sports analytics, and digital sports media and marketing. In addition, they get hands-on experience through either an internship or a supervised research project. Depending on whether the student chooses a part-time or full-time study format, the program can take between three and eight years to complete. For 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Columbia as tied for #5 among national universities.

Top Sport Management Graduate Programs

Here is more information about other excellent schools that offer sport management programs.

School Name Distinction Location
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 sport management Gainesville, FL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Offers a thesis option as part of its program Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota Offers M.Ed. and M.S. programs Minneapolis, MN

Graduate-level programs in sport management combine studies in a wide range of topics, such as business, communication, and media. Students who want to pursue a career in the sports industry can find relevant programs at top-notch universities.


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