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  • MS in Sport Management


    As the sport industry expands globally, the field is increasingly in need of qualified leaders with business ability and industry-knowledge to plan, design, implement, and evaluate sport and recreation programs and organizations. Drexel's accredited Master's in Sports Management gives you the experience necessary to apply innovative solutions to the most challenging problems in the sport management field.

    You'll develop the ability to:

    • Apply the fundamentals of business to sport management
    • Integrate principles of management to organize people and resources
    • Apply knowledge of law and labor relations to the sport industry
    • Use existing and emerging technologies
    • Forecast new developments and adapt to the rapidly changing sports environment
    • Creatively direct the economic contributions of sports to individuals, organizations, and the community
    • Effectively organize, evaluate, improve, and utilize new innovations

    The Drexel Difference

    • Practitioner Faculty
      Learn from those who know the industry first-hand. As active professionals in the sport industry, our full-time and adjunct faculty members bring a wealth of past and current experience to the classroom giving you unique opportunities to learn about the sport industry from experienced professionals.
    • Experiential Learning
      Whether it's a tour of Lincoln Financial Field, a lecture at Citizen's Bank Ballpark by Philadelphia Phillies President David Montgomery, a trip to the local YMCA, or a Drexel co-op position with the Philadelphia Flyers, it's all about the experience. Drexel's Sports Management degree online incorporates classroom learning with real-world know-how to give you an integrated and experiential learning environment.
    • Philadelphia Sports
      There's no better city to be a sports fan! Philadelphia is one of a small handful of cities with a professional franchise in all four major league sports. Rich in professional and collegiate athletic history, Philadelphia is also home to a number of top sport management agencies and businesses, making it an excellent environment to study the sport industry.
    • Global Connections
      Sport is a common denominator in the global village and Drexel's online sports management degree program facilitates global learning and research through developing student learning opportunities that reach far beyond the Philadelphia city limits and into the international sport community.

    Summer Residency

    You'll participate in a week-long summer residency in Philadelphia after completing the core curriculum. This residency will bring students from the online program together to take part in a workshop that includes a series of educational and work sessions intended to allow you to interact and learn through applied settings.

    Project / Research Thesis

    The last segment of the Sport Management curriculum is to utilize the knowledge and skills learned through the program to produce an in-depth research project or thesis, which will serve to advance the study of sport management.

    Non-Matriculated Option

    Interested in applying as a non-matriculated student? Select “Graduate Non-Matriculated - Center for Hospitality and Sport Management” as your program of interest on the online application. Official transcripts and a resume are required. Non-matriculated students are not eligible for financial aid.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    Core Foundation Courses 
    SMT 601Sports Industry Management3.0
    SMT 602Sport Law & Risk Management3.0
    SMT 604Sport Media & Technology3.0
    SMT 607Sport Budgets & Fiscal Practices3.0
    SMT 608Sport Information & Public Relations3.0
    SMT 609Sports Ticket Sales & Strategies3.0
    SMT 611Corporate Sponsorship Sales & Strategies in Sport3.0
    SMT 612Development & Fundraising Strategies in Sport3.0
    SMT 621Leadership in Sport Management3.0
    SMT 626Globalization of Sport3.0
    SMT 635Sport Facilities & Event Management3.0
    Sport Management Elective Courses6.0
    Select two of the following: 
    SMT 606
    Contemporary Issues in Sport 
    SMT 622
    Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining in Sport 
    SMT 629
    Managing Coaches & Teams 
    SMT 630
    Sports Industry Practicum 
    SMT 633
    Sport Tourism Strategies 
    SMT 640
    Consumer Behavior in Sport 
    SMT 680
    Independent Study 
    SMT 690
    Special Topics 
    Project/ Research Thesis 
    SMT 698Research Design & Techniques in Sport3.0
    SMT 699Project/Research Thesis3.0
    Total Credits45.0


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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 preferred
    • GRE or equivalent level placement exam
      • You may be eligible for a waiver if you have a strong undergraduate GPA or significant industry experience
    • Two years of prior work experience is recommended

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Scores from the GRE or equivalent level placement exam
    • Two letters of recommendation - One academic and one professional preferred
    • A 1,000 word personal essay including:
      • Information regarding your background and experience in the sports industry
      • A summary of your professional career interests and goals
      • A discussion of your personal strengths
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $894 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1192 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    March 14, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

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