Master of Science in Sport Management


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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.

Admissions 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.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Science in Sport Management requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $607.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $607
3 $1,821
6 $3,642
9 $5,463

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.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Science in Sport Management?

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.

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).

Coaches and Scouts

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Compliance Managers

Projected Growth: 5-9%

General and Operations Managers

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Marketing Managers

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

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