Doctoral Degree

The Ph.D. in Sport Management is a concentration within the department's Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy Program (LLEP)


The Sport Management Program is designed to provide an educational experience that includes an effective blend of classroom, research and field experiences in an effort to provide each student the opportunity to gain disciplinary knowledge and to develop the necessary skills to be successful in any area of the sport industry.

Our mission is to graduate scholar-practitioners, and researchers, who have the knowledge, skills, and values to lead the sport industry in the 21st century and who envision sport as a vehicle for positive social outcomes.


The Sport Management Concentration in the Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy (LLEP) Ph.D. prepares individuals to:

  • Apply lenses of social justice and organizational change to engage in scholarship, and work in and with complex institutions of higher education and sport organizations
  • Critically examine important questions in sport using rigorous research methodologies and methods
  • Construct theoretical models based on sound empirical research to guide practice and policy
  • Appreciate the role supportive learning systems and environments play in higher education and sport organizations


LLEP Core Courses (15 credits)

  • EDLR 6313 — Educational Policy and Politics
  • EDLR 5204 — Organizational Learning
  • EDLR 5201 — Influences on Adult Learning
  • EDLR 6467 — Social Justice Leadership, Equity, and Change
  • EDLR 6050 — Proposal/Prospectus Development I

Sport Management Concentration Courses (9 credits minimum)

  • EDLR 6300 — Organizational Theory in Sport
  • EDLR 6310 — Organizational Behavior in Sport
  • EDLR 6315 — Current Research in Sport Management

Research Courses (12 credits minimum)
(Can be used to meet Graduate School 6-credit minimum Related Area requirement)

  • EPSY 5605 — Quantitative Methods in Research I
  • EPSY 5607 — Quantitative Methods in Research II
  • EPSY 5613 — Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research
  • EPSY 6601 — Methods and Techniques of Educational Research
  • EPSY 5601 — Principles & Methods in Educational Research
  • EPSY 5610 — Applied Regression Analysis for the Education Sciences
  • EPSY 5613 — Multivariate Analysis in Education
  • EPSY 5621 — Construction of Evaluative Instruments
  • EDCI 5824 — Educational Ethnography
  • EDCI 6000 — Qualitative Methods of Educational Research
  • EDCI 6005 — Advanced Methods of Qualitative Research
  • EDCI 6052 — Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Other research courses as needed

Cognate Area(s) (9 credits)

  • Courses to be taken from outside the Dept. of Educational Leadership
    Courses may be taken, with the consent of the major advisor and the student’s advisory committee from management, marketing, sociology, psychology, anthropology, educational leadership, management and finance, among others

Graduate School Required Doctoral Dissertation Research credits (15 credits minimum)

  • GRAD 6950 — Doctoral Dissertation Research