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  • Online Master's in Sport Management

    Master of Science in Sport Management

    Do you want to land your dream job in today’s multi-billion-dollar sports industry? Drexel University’s revamped, online Master of Science in Sport Management program is just what you need to open those doors.

    Whether on the court or in the offices behind the scenes, the industry is changing. From the infusion of big data to the rise of the super stadium, to the high-powered negotiations for star athletes, and major changes in sport media, there are more and more opportunities for innovative business professionals. Drexel’s online Sport Management program provides the expert knowledge you’ll need to master the business side of the game and help you develop skills and connections to enter this transformative industry.

    What sets Drexel’s online MS in Sports Management apart?

    By seamlessly integrating the sports application of law, economics and finance, marketing, media, and promotions with a top-notch business curriculum, the program offers a practical foundation for careers in professional or college sports, or with sports marketing firms, sports agencies, and other sports organizations.

    Learn more about with it's like to study online from Drexel University's sports economist and program director, Dr. Joel Maxcy in an interview with USNews.com.

    What jobs can you get with a Sports Management degree?

    Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue a variety of positions within sports organizations in finance, analytics, marketing, media, management, operations, events, sales and sponsorships, and more.

    • Sports Marketing Manager
    • Account Manager/Account Executive
    • Inside Sales Representative
    • Public Relations Assistant
    • Event Planner/Coordinator
    • General Manager
    • Fitness Director

    MS in Sport Management Program Advantages

    • Integrates courses from Drexel’s business school to provide the more business-oriented plan of study the industry demands
    • Provides the opportunity to study with expert faculty who know the sports industry first-hand and can help connect you with professionals working in the field
    • Offers unique exposure to franchises in all four major league sports teams as well as other local and international sport organizations
    • Our online format enables you to learn on your own schedule from anywhere – which means you won’t need to call a timeout from your career, family, or life to be successful

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    This program is not currently AACSB accredited.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You may transfer up to 15 quarter credits from an accredited institution. 

    Business Core *  
    BUSN 501 Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance 3.0
    MGMT 601 Managing the Total Enterprise 3.0
    or ORGB 625 Leadership and Professional Development
    STAT 601 Business Statistics 3.0
    Sport Business Core  
    SMT 601 Sports Industry Management 3.0
    SMT 602 Sport Law 3.0
    SMT 603 Sports Marketing 3.0
    or MKTG 601 Marketing Strategy & Planning
    SMT 604 Sport Media & Technology 3.0
    or SMT 608 Sport Media & Public Relations
    SMT 605 Sports Economics 3.0
    SMT 606 Social Issues in Sport 3.0
    SMT 621 Leadership in Sport Management 3.0
    or ORGB 640 Negotiations for Leaders
    Experiential Component 3.0
    Choose one of the following:  
    SMT 630
    Sports Industry Practicum  
    SMT 699
    Project/Research Thesis  
    INTB 790
    Seminar in International Business  
    SMT I699
    Independent Study in SMT  
    Sport Business Electives or Graduate Minor ** 12.0
    SMT 609
    Sports Ticket Sales & Strategies  
    SMT 610
    Seminar on Sports Research  
    SMT 611
    Corporate Sponsorship Sales & Strategies in Sport  
    SMT 612
    Development & Fundraising Strategies in Sport  
    SMT 618
    NCAA Compliance  
    SMT 622
    Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining in Sport  
    SMT 623
    Sports Facility Management  
    SMT 625
    Sports Promotion and Sales  
    SMT 627
    Sports Tournaments & Events  
    SMT 633
    Sport Tourism Strategies  
    SMT 635
    Sport Facilities & Event Management  
    SMT 640
    Consumer Behavior in Sport  
    SMT 645
    Gridiron Glory  
    SMT 648
    Gender Equity in High School & College Sports  
    SMT 650
    Sports Contracts  
    SMT 655
    March Madness: The Economics, History, & Social Impact of the NCAA Basketball Tournaments  
    SMT T580
    Special topics in SMT  
    SMT T680
    Special topics in SMT  
    SMT T780
    Special topics in SMT  
    Total Credits 45.0

    *2.0 credit course substitutions require advisor approval
    **Additional electives outside the department may be approved by your advisor

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 preferred
    • 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 Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • 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

    Optional Documents

    To make your application more competitive, you may elect to submit graduate level placement exam scores, like GRE or GMAT. If scores are submitted they will be considered as part of your application package.



    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $949 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1265 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • 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

    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

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