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M.S. in Sport Management - Tourism (Thesis)

Students of Liberty University Master of Science in Sport Management with a cognate in Tourism (Thesis) online program have the opportunity to learn managerial practices in areas of the hospitality industry. Continue reading for more information about this online master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Sport Management with a cognate in Tourism (Thesis)

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Before enrolling in the Master of Science in Sport Management with a cognate in Tourism (Thesis) program, prospective students must have earned a bachelor's degree and have some experience working in a hotel, resort, or travel agency. Strong organizational and communication skills are important. Applicants to Liberty graduate programs must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Liberty University Master of Science in Sport Management with a cognate in Tourism (Thesis) online program is designed to help students understand strategies and practices in hospitality, tourism, and event planning management. They study hospitality theories, marketing and promotions methods, event planning processes, and the impact of sports and recreational events on the economy and society. The core curriculum addresses social aspects of sports, sport ministry, professional ethics, sport legalities, public relation practices, and financial management. In this program, students will be required to develop and present a thesis on a topic in sport management.

Learning Format:

Online

Total Credits Required:

36 credits.

Financial Aid:

Around 90% of Liberty University students utilize some form of financial aid, including federal grants and loans. Liberty University also offers financial support to students who qualify.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Sport Management with a cognate in Tourism (Thesis):

Please note that degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Before applying, students should contact Liberty to confirm the most accurate program information.

Core Courses

  • SMGT 501: Social Issues in Sport Management (3 credits)
  • SMGT 502: Sport Marketing and Public Relations (3 credits)
  • SMGT 503: Ethics in Sport (3 credits)
  • SMGT 504: Foundations of Sport Ministry (3 credits)
  • SMGT 505: Legal Issues in Sport (3 credits)
  • SMGT 506: Economic and Financial Management of Sport (3 credits)
  • SMGT 518: Understanding Educational Research and Assessment (3 credits)

Tourism Thesis Cognate Courses

  • SMGT 689: Thesis Proposal and Research (3 credits)
  • SMGT 690: Thesis Defense (3 credits)
  • TOUR 601: Current Issues and Theory for Hospitality Tourism Management (3 credits)
  • TOUR 602: Hospitality and Tourism Marketing Strategy (3 credits)
  • TOUR 603: Sport and Event Tourism Planning and Impacts (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Potential Career Paths:

Once they have completed the Master of Science in Sport Management with a cognate in Tourism (Thesis) program, graduates could apply to directorial or senior management positions in hotels or resorts. Other possible employers could include community centers, school athletic departments, travel agencies, tour companies, or sports marketing firms.

Career options include:

  • Resort director
  • Recreation director
  • Sport marketing director
  • Athletic events coordinator