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  • Online Master's in Sports 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.

    Dual Degree Options

    The LeBow College of Business offers the ability to share up to 15 credits across degrees, maximizing both your time and financial investment. You can declare your second degree once you have completed at least 15 credits of your initial degree. Any of the online business degrees can be paired as a dual degree such as MBA/MS Business Analytics, MBA/MS Sport Management, or MS Business Analytics/MS Sport Management, with shared coursework usually through elective credits.

    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

    Summer Webinar Series

    Join faculty, admissions counselors, and academic advisors for a sneak peek at online learning with Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. Whether you have questions about how to make your application stand out or what it’s like to take an online graduate business course, this 3-part series will provide the support and information you need to take the next step.

    Which Online Graduate Business Program is Right for You?
    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
    A general overview of the LeBow College of Business online graduate programs, including the Drexel LeBow Online MBA, MS in Business Analytics, and MS in Sport Management.

    The Drexel LeBow Student Experience
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
    Learn about the LeBow Graduate Career Services team, which offers MS and MBA career coaching to help you achieve optimal career advancement throughout your program, as well as after graduation.

    A Faculty Perspective
    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
    A LeBow professor presents an in-depth discussion about what to expect within your courses in LeBow’s online graduate programs.

    Register Today!

    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 postsecondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • Unofficial transcripts may be sent to expedite the review of your application. Official transcripts must be received if you are accepted into the program.

    Letters of Recommendation: Two professional letters that speak to your performance and accomplishments, and attest to your ability to succeed within the program.

    Resume: Quality and quantity of professional experience will be evaluated

    Essay: This personal statement (approximately 500 words) should describe in detail your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree from LeBow College, your short-term and long-term career plans, and how your background, experience, interests, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel graduate degree, will enable you to pursue those goals successfully.

    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 2019-2020 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.


    To assist students in their achievement, the LeBow College of Business offers scholarship opportunities* to highly-qualified applicants. All applicants are automatically considered for the Merit Based Scholarship and the LeBow College Underrepresented Minority Scholarship.

    Merit Based Scholarship Qualifications
    Scholarship consideration is based on your application, focusing strongly on academic achievement, professional experience, GMAT or GRE exam scores, and unique personal attributes.

    LeBow College Underrepresented Minority Scholarship Qualifications
    To demonstrate the LeBow College of Business commitment to diversity and inclusion, additional scholarships are available for prospective students who identify as African American, Latino, Native American, and Alaskan Indian.

    *Scholarship opportunity is offered in addition to the 25% tuition savings.


    Academic Calendar

    2019-2020 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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