Sport Management M.S.
The Sport Management degree, from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, prepares students to become marketable professionals in the dynamic sport industry. All students complete a required eight-course sequence that incorporates foundational content in organizational leadership and management, facilities, marketing, finance, fundraising and development, legal issues, governance, and sociocultural and ethical dimensions of sport. Students also select a two-course area of emphasis allowing for further specialization: 1) Comprehensive Sport Industry Management and 2) Interscholastic Sport Administration, both fully online. Students graduate with a Master of Science in Sport Management.
The Comprehensive Sport Industry Management option, which is fully online, is designed for working professionals or those seeking initial access to the field and is restricted to a summer-only start term in 2019. Students will be able to start during any term, effective in the spring of 2020. Graduates work across all sectors of the sport industry, including youth sport, collegiate and professional athletics, in entry-level or advanced positions.
The Interscholastic Athletic Administration option allows students to start during any term and can be completed fully online. This area of emphasis is designed for individuals who are currently working or considering careers as athletic directors or faculty managers in interscholastic settings. Students learn the roles, responsibilities, challenges and opportunities associated with a career in sport management. The knowledge, skills, and abilities gained are highly transferable to a broader range of career paths as well. This specialization provides students with the educational experiences needed to qualify them to sit for the certification exam (CAA) administered by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association (NIAAA).
All programs are focused on the application of content in applied work settings (no thesis required).
West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
- Be a working professional in the sport industry or a professional desiring a career in the sport industry
- Have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
- Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (4-point scale)
- Apply with the online Graduate Application
- Pay graduate application fee
- Current resume highlighting professional background and qualifications
- Professional goal statement: 1-2 written pages on professional goals and reasons for seeking admission
- No GRE scores required
- TOEFL for non-native English speakers (minimum score of 550 or 2/3 computer score)
- Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
One Waterfront Place
PO Box 6510
Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
electronically sent to GraduateAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu
|Tuition and Fees
for academic year 2018-2019
Per Credit Hour
Per Credit Hour
Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.
*Student must pay for all credits taken
The curriculum is designed for busy professionals who are balancing the demands of their family, work, and continuing education. Courses are generally eight weeks in length, enabling learners to focus their attention on a single course at a time. As its signature feature, this program of study provides students with the educational experiences necessary to qualify them to sit for the certification exam (CAA) administered by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association (NIAAA). In addition to that specialized course work, students engage in a number of other content areas common to work in all sport management settings.
The program is 30 credit hours and students can complete the program in five semesters.
|SM 527||Legal Issue in Sport Administration (3)|
|SM 540||International Sport Governance (3)|
|SM 570||Sport Finance (3)|
|SM 580||Sociocultural & Ethical Dimensions of Sports (3)|
|SM 535||Sport Management Processes (3)|
|SM 586||Facility Planning & Management (3)|
|SM 571||Interscholastic Sport Org & Admin (3)|
|SM 578||Leadership in Interscholastic Athletic Admin (3)|
|SM 546||Sport Marketing (3)|
|SM 575||Fundraising & Development (3)|
Make plans for your summer graduation!
Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Sport Management M.S. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.
Fitness Trainer and Aerobics InstructorProjected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook
Athletic TrainerProjected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook
Athlete and Sports CompetitorProjected Growth: 5-9%
Education Administrator/DirectorProjected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook
Recreation and Fitness Studies TeacherProjected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook
Secondary School TeacherProjected Growth: 5-9%