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  • MS in Sport Management

    Overview

    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 online 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

    Industry Opportunities

    Opportunities for sport management graduates have never been more diverse or challenging. The online MS in Sport Management program prepares you for careers in a wide spectrum of organizations in the sport industry, including:

    • Collegiate athletics (NCAA, NAIA)
    • Corporate sport marketing, public relations and sponsorship firms
    • Health and fitness industries
    • Professional sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL)
    • Recreation, community and leisure industries (YMCA)
    • Sport agencies

    Upon graduation, you’ll be poised to pursue and enjoy a variety of positions in these industries as athletic directors, head coaches, general managers, marketing directors, sports agents, fitness managers, community center directors, facility/operations managers, corporate sponsorship directors, ticket managers, and public relations/communications directors.

    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.

    Curriculum

    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.

    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 
    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

    Tuition

    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 applyDUonline@drexel.edu 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

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

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