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  • Online Masters 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 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

    Online Open House

    Join us on Wednesday, November 8th from 12 Noon - 1 p.m. EST to learn more about the program and have your questions answered by a Drexel representative. Register Today!

    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 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.


    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. 

    Core Foundation Courses 
    SMT 601Sports Industry Management3.0
    SMT 602Sport Law3.0
    SMT 605Sport Economics3.0
    SMT 606Social Issues in Sport3.0
    BUSN 501Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance3.0
    STAT 601Business Statistics3.0
    SMT 603Sport Marketing3.0
    or MKTG 601
    Marketing Strategy and Planning 
    SMT 621Leadership in Sport Management3.0
    or ORGB 640
    Negotiations for Leaders 
    SMT 604Sport Media and Technology3.0
    or SMT 608
    Sport Information and Public Relations 
    MGMT 601Managing the Total Enterprise3.0
    or ORGB 625
    Leadership and Professional Development  
    Capstone Requirement - Choose One:3.0
    SMT 630
    Sport Industry Practicum 
    SMT 699
    Project / Research Thesis 
    SMT I699
    Independent Study in Sport Management 
    INTB 790
    Seminar in International Business 
    Total Credits45.0


    View Course Descriptions

    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 2017-2018 is $921 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1228 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.
      • All students must contact 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

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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