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Sport Management M.S.

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College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Physical Education Teacher Education

Gain a Competitive Edge

The Master of Science in Sport Management offered by the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences is designed to prepare you to work behind-the-scenes of the sport industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. You will be equipped with skills including management and leadership, sport marketing and finance, critical thinking, and problem solving to create appropriate solutions and implementing positive outcomes in their sport organizations. By melding innovative courses with professional development, you will find jobs in the areas of sales, marketing, fan relations, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, community recreation and sport centers, and sport goods and marketing companies.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses

Start Date

January 10, 2022
May 16, 2022
August 17, 2022

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December 7, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. ET

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December 7, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. ET

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“I am a graduate of the WVU John Chambers School of Business and Economics with a degree in business administration. I am here to service, support and simplify the enrollment process. Our online programs are the perfect opportunity for working individuals to pursue another degree.”

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Program Details

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Rated one of The 25 Best Online Master's in Sport Management Degree Programs by!

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, fund raising 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 or 2) Interscholastic Sport Administration. Students in both areas of emphasis graduate with the same degree, a Master’s of Science in Sport Management.

The Comprehensive Sport Industry Management option is designed for working sport management professionals or those seeking initial access to the field. Becoming a part of the WVU Mountaineer family offers the opportunity to build professional networks and advance in your career. Our faculty are internationally recognized with diverse research interests and experiences. Graduates work across all sectors of the sport industry, including youth sport, collegiate and professional athletics, in either an introductory or advanced position within the job market.

The Interscholastic Athletic Administration option 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). The fully online format provides flexibility for students to complete their courses while balancing demanding schedules. Tuition is offered at the in-state rate for all students to increase affordability and access.

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Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Students may be admitted provisionally with a GPA of 2.75 or lower; however, provisional students must earn a 3.0 in the first 9 hours of coursework to continue in the program. Admission preference is given to individuals with experience in the sports industry. It is recommended that students have regular access to sport management settings given the applied nature of many course assignments.


  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Resume highlighting professional background, experience 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
    1. Mail to:
      WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
      One Waterfront Place
      PO Box 6510
      Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
    2. or Email to:

Application Deadlines:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until August 1 for a fall term start, December 15 for a spring term start, and May 1 for a summer term start.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Sport Management M.S. requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $628.

Total Degree Cost

$18,840 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $628
3 $1,884
6 $3,768
9 $5,652

Financial Aid

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.

Career Paths

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.

Coaches and Scouts
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

General and Operations Manager
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Compliance Manager
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Marketing Manager
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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