Frequently Asked Questions

The undergraduate program typically has between 55-60 students.

The master’s program ranges from 30-35 students and the Ph.D. program 6-8 students.

There are four full-time faculty in the graduate Sport Management programs.
Undergraduate applications are due on February 1 each year. Students apply in February of their sophomore year (4th semester) to begin the program in the fall of their junior year (5th semester). For more information, see the Undergraduate – How to Apply page. The master’s program application deadline is December 1. Decisions are made by April 1 and students are expected to notify the program and university of their intent by May 1. The Ph.D. program application deadline is December 1 if funding is desired, and February 1 if funding is not desired. Decisions are made by February 15 and students are expected to notify the university of their intent by April 15. For more information, see the Graduate Programs – How to Apply page.
Undergraduate – we are looking for students with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in their first two years at UConn. We also want them to have completed their general education requirements for Sport Management prior to beginning the program. Related work or internship experience is a plus. Graduate – UConn requires that students have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average from their undergraduate institution to be admitted into the graduate school. The same is expected for the master’s grade point average for students applying for the Ph.D. program. We do ask that only PhD students take the Graduate Record Exam. Related work or internship experience is a plus. Please see the Graduate School site for more information if you do not meet these criteria or if you are an international student taking the TOEFL.
Please see the respective undergraduate and graduate “How to Apply” pages in the Future Students section for details on deadlines, materials, and application procedures.
Please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid Services for information on financial aid.
There is no formal application process for graduate assistantships in the Department of Educational Leadership. Indicate your interest in a position when applying. A limited number of assistantships are available through the department and are typically reserved for Ph.D. students. Other options include the Division of Athletics or other offices on campus. It is advisable to contact those offices and work with your prospective advisor to pursue assistantship opportunities. This entirely depends on the type of graduate assistantship you have. Many master’s students work in the Division of Athletics as either assistant coaches or administrators. Their work experience in hands-on NCAA Division I athletics. Ph.D. students typically work as either teaching or research assistants for individual faculty members. That experience is outlines and managed by the faculty member. A full graduate assistantship is 20 hours of work per week. A half graduate assistantship is 10. For more information on pay rates please see Graduate Assistant Payroll.
Students in the master’s program generally take 2 years to complete their degrees. Doctoral students generally take 3 to 4 years to complete.
The master’s program is geared more toward the practical application of sport management and sociology and meant to give students a broad-based exposure to the theories and topics current in those fields. Graduates tend to find employment as college coaches, athletic administrators, professional sport managers, sport media producers, etc. The Ph.D. program prepares students for careers as faculty members in Sport Management with the opportunity to concentrate on the sociological issues in sport. Students can also choose additional concentrations in areas such a psychology, management, marketing, leadership, finance, etc.
Prospective Ph.D. students interested in studying with a particular faculty member should contact that faculty member directly. Faculty members will accept Ph.D. students who share similar research interests and background. Master’s students can request a faculty advisor on their application. Those who do not indicate a preference will be assigned to one of the faculty advisors.
From the UConn Graduate School site:
As a resource for the future—both for the state of Connecticut and for the students who enroll in its programs—the University of Connecticut can be anything a graduate student wants it to be. With the wealth of opportunities available, graduate students thrive in an environment that encourages them to choose their own path through post-secondary education. The University grows by responding to challenges, opportunities, and needs. What remains constant is UConn’s commitment to high quality teaching, research, and public service.
In Sport Management, graduate students receive a different education than in most other sport management programs. The emphasis on the impact of sport on society and the impact of society on sport make the program unique. Other benefits include the program being small to allow for small class size and considerable faculty-student interaction, being a part of an academic program growing in recognition, and attending a university that is making great strides in improving the education experience of its students.
For further information, please contact the following faculty members: Dr. Jennifer McGarry, Director of Graduate Programs or Dr. Laura Burton, Director of Undergraduate Programs.