Master of Science in Sport Management

Georgia Southern University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Description

**Ranked one of the Top 10 Online Sports Management Degrees for 2023.**

At Georgia Southern University, our Master of Science Degree in Sport Management will advance your career without disrupting your current lifestyle. This 36-credit online program can be completed in as little as 24 months, or as your schedule permits.

The Sport Management program provides academic preparation and practical experiences in the skills and techniques required to be successful in the sport industry. The program focuses on sport career advancement related to sport business and administration, both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Sport management is one of the fastest-growing fields of study in the country, which focuses on the business of sport including marketing, finance, media relations, sport sociology, etc.

The program is perfect for people who are working in the sport industry, working as a graduate assistant that is focused on a sport business, or considering a career change to working in the sport business industry. The plan of study considers the busy schedules of full-time employees and encourages intertwining content-based discussions and activities with students’ employment and work experiences.

Students who graduate from Georgia Southern University with a Master of Science degree in Sport Management are prepared for success in various sectors of the sport industry, including:

  • Collegiate athletic departments
  • Professional teams
  • Sport marketing, promotion, and advertising
  • Sports information, media, and communications
  • The Olympic Movement
  • State and county sports commissions
  • Athletic leagues and associations

Choose from Two Sports Medicine Concentrations

This 36-credit hour graduate program offers concentrations in human movement science or strength and conditioning.

Human Movement Concentration

Strength and Conditioning

The Master of Science in Sports Medicine curriculum meets the curricular and experiential competencies for the National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) Education Recognition Program.

Admissions Information

The Faculty of Sport Management will evaluate applicants on each of the following:

  1. Provide a writing sample in the form of a Personal Statement. The Personal Statement should include an in-depth explanation of why you are pursuing this degree, why you are a good candidate for admission, how your experiences and knowledge can contribute to the online learning environment, what your career goals are over the next five years, and what has prepared you to succeed in the Sport Management graduate program at Georgia Southern. You are expected to address each of these topics. The Personal Statement needs to be a minimum of one page double-spaced but no more than two pages.
  2. Provide transcripts showing the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a college or university accredited by the proper regional accrediting association. If applicant holds additional degrees or classes from accredited institutions, those transcripts must be submitted as well. The committee will review previous coursework that relates to the curriculum in the Master’s in Sport Management program.
  3. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required to be considered for admission into the program. An undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 may result in admission with provisional status. Obtaining a GPA of 3.0 on a master’s degree or at least 12 graduate credits may be assessed on the basis of master’s-level degree work.
  4. Resume will be used to review the quality of work experience and length of related professional experiences/internships.
  5. Applicants should prepare a professional one-to-two-minute video addressing the question “How will this degree impact your career path?”

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service
** Applications are only reviewed for the March and July deadlines by the Sport Management Committee

The Graduate Admissions Committee will judge the merit of each item and make a recommendation based on the sum total of the application.

Priority Application Deadline: Students interested in Teaching or Research Assistantships must apply by March 1 to receive consideration for open positions.

Application Deadline: All application materials must be received by July 1 to be considered for admission into the fall cohort.

Admission Cycle: The program follows a cohort model. Students accepted into the program will be admitted during the fall semester.

For additional information regarding admission to the program, including average GPA and test score information, please visit our website.

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges