M.S. Guidelines

M.S. in Sport Management

The M.S. degree in Sport Management prepares students in the theoretical, research and applied dimensions of this field of study.

Students select a thesis, internship, or a research project option. The thesis option consists of 24 credit hours (8 courses) of coursework and 9 credit hours of thesis research. The research project and internship options consist of 27 credit hours (9 courses) and a 6 credit internship or research project following the completion of all coursework.

Faculty Advisors: 

Dr. Jennifer McGarry, Dr. Laura Burton, Dr. Joseph Cooper

  • Minimum number of required semester hours = 33 credits
  • Option A (non-thesis): 27 credits of coursework and 6 credits for internship or
    research/special project; comprehensive examination (following completion of all coursework)
  • Option B (thesis): 24 credits of coursework, 9 credits for thesis and a thesis


M.S. in Sport Management Plan of Study

1. Research and Statistics (6-9 hrs)

  • EPSY 5601 Principles and Methods in Educational Research [required]
  • EPSY 5605 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research I [required]


[Also recommended for students selecting the thesis option]

  • EPSY 5607 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research II, or
  • EDCI 6000 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I


2. Sport Management Major Courses (15 credits)

  • EDLR 5380 Sport Marketing
  • EDLR 5385 Sport Facility and Event Management
  • EDLR 5300 Management of Sport Services
  • EDLR 5325 Legal Aspects of Sport
  • EDLR 5315 Sport in Society


3. Electives (6 credits)

Two 5000 level courses to be taken from outside the Sport Management Major Courses. Discuss with major advisor.


Additional elective available in EDLR:

  • EDLR 5518 Introduction to Sport Based Youth Development


4. Capstone

Option 1 (non-thesis option):

  • EDLR 5091 Internship (6 credits)


  • EDLR 5085 Research Project (6 credits)


To be taken after the satisfactory completion of all coursework and successful completion of the comprehensive examination.


Option 2 (thesis option):


Students selecting to write a thesis are not required to complete comprehensive exams.

  • GRAD 5950 Thesis Research (9 credits)*


*You must register for 9 credits of GRAD 5950 in order to graduate.


Download the full 2016-2017 Master’s Guidelines / Policies & Procedures document.