In this online program, you will learn the same material and benefit from the same high-quality educational experience as campus-based students. Online classes are designed and taught by the same faculty who teach classes in on-campus programs.
This online Sport Management degree program is designed to be completed in two years. Students can take six credit hours per semester for a total of 36 hours to complete the Master’s Degree. Courses will be offered on a rotating schedule in fall, spring, and summer.
There are eight required core Sport Management courses (24 credit hours):
- SMGT 638 Fiscal Planning and Management in Sport and Recreation
- SMGT 646 Sport Marketing
- SMGT 650 Ethics in Sport Management
- SMGT 652 Sport Facility Management
- SMGT 653 Sport Sponsorship and Event Planning
- SMGT 655 Sport and Society: Issues and Controversy
- SMGT 660 Legal Aspects of Sport
- SMGT 675 Management and Leadership in Sport
There are two required Research Foundation courses (six credit hours total):
FOUN 611 – Introduction to Research (for those planning to do the Fieldwork Experience Option for their capstone experience)
- FOUN 612 – Applied Research Methods (for those planning to do the Thesis Option for their capstone experience)
- FOUND 722 – Introduction to Applied Statistics and Data Analysis
The final requirement for the Sport Management degree program is a culminating research or industry-related experience. There are three options for the Capstone Experience. Each is worth six credit hours and students are required to choose one.
- Fieldwork Experience Option (SMGT 664) – You complete a 400-hour internship with a sport organization that fits your career goals. This option is suited for students who are looking to step into the field of sport management or move up within the industry and need additional experience. The internship provides a great opportunity to receive valuable on-the-job training.
- Thesis Option (HMS 698/699) – You participate in a research project, in which you receive faculty advisement. This option is suited for students who want to work in a research-focused position within the sport industry or who would like to stay in academia and pursue a doctoral degree.
- Research Problem Option (HMS 636) – You complete a project specifically within the industry, preferably with a sport organization. This option incorporates both research and practical experience. If you already have industry experience or are currently working in the industry, you would benefit from this culminating learning experience.
Questions? Please contact Dr. Lynn L. Ridinger, Coordinator for the Online Graduate Program in Sport Management, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-683-4353.