University of Southern Indiana
Students in Sport Management program

Master of Science in Sport Management

Career opportunities related to sport and physical activity, at all levels, have never been greater. The sport industry is the fourth largest growth industry in the United States, rising to a $213 billion industry. Rapid growth has resulted in a need for sport management professionals. According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, jobs in sport management are projected to increase by 32.5 percent in Indiana by the year 2020. With a master’s degree in sport management, you’ll be well-positioned for employment in a number of sport and recreation careers in an increasingly competitive job market.

An Expanding Industry
Employers choose the best-prepared, most qualified applicants. With a master's in sport management, you'll gain an understanding of the industry structure and culture, strong business skills and hands-on experience necessary to become a successful and competent sport and recreation professional. Through the MSSM program you'll:

  • Acquire knowledge and skills across a diverse set of professional settings.
  • Gain the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively (verbally and in writing).
  • Learn to work with diverse groups and organizations.
  • Develop skills to promote equity and social justice from international to local levels.
  • Learn to successfully engage as a professional in the sport industry.

A Master of Science in Sport Management will prepare you for career opportunities like:

  • Intercollegiate Athletic Administrators
  • Recreational Sports Administrators
  • Sport Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Sport Communicators
  • Sport Facility Managers
  • Sport Event Management Meeting and Convention Planners
  • Sport Agents
  • Sport Officials
  • Interscholastic Athletic Administrators

Program Options: Accelerated One-Year or Traditional Two-Year Tracks
The Master of Science in Sport Management offers two tracks. A first-of-its-kind 4+1 (accelerated) degree track allows you to complete both a bachelor's and master's degree in five years. The two-year master's (traditional) track is ideal for those who have already completed a bachelor's degree. Both tracks are flexible for today's graduate student and provide the knowledge to become a skilled professional in the sport industry. This also is a great option for those looking to advance in an existing career.

Master of Science in Sport Management Curriculum
Both the accelerated and the traditional tracks in the MSSM require 36 graduate credit hours. The accelerated track includes a total of 156 credit hours (120 undergraduate and 36 graduate hours) that can be completed in 5 years. The undergraduate portion of the program provides opportunities to pursue one of four areas:

  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Recreational Sports
  • Sport Communication
  • Sport and Business Studies

The master's portion in both tracks adheres to the Excellence in Sport Management Education guidelines for graduate-level programs including coursework in the following areas:

  • Social/Psychological
  • Management
  • Ethics in Sport Management
  • Sport Marketing/Communication
  • Finance/Accounting/Economics
  • Legal Aspects of Sport
  • Integrative Experiences (internship)

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