Graduate Catalog

Master of Science (M.S.) in Sport Management

The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Sport Management combines theory and practice in preparing students for management positions in areas of sport in its global sense (e.g., amateur and professional sports, scholastic and collegiate athletics, facility and event management, sport marketing, resort and tourism, parks and recreational centers, sport and community transformation, etc.). Degree preparation includes theoretical frameworks in management applied to sport settings, enabling graduates to practice and promulgate ethical decision making and human value-driven initiatives.

The Sport Management graduate program offers its majors two degree options: the M.S. in Sport Management or the dual degree option leading to Master’s degrees in Sport Management and Business Administration (M.S./M.B.A.). Both of the Master’s degree programs in Sport Management include the opportunity to select coursework best suited to individual interests. Students may also pursue elective credits in other subject areas (e.g., Journalism, Communications, Psychology) to enhance professional preparation for sport-related careers in these fields.

Sport Management Program Goals

Students will:

  1. Integrate advanced practice core competencies and professional competence and development in the application of sport management.
  2. Integrate appropriate theory and research in sport management and related fields as paradigms for organizational decision making.

Admission Requirements

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation. One from an academic source and one from a professional source.
  2. Official GRE Scores: *The GRE may be waived if an applicant holds a Master-level (or higher) degree from a regionally accredited university or bachelor-level degree from Barry University with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Note:

The Andreas School of Business Dean reserves the right to establish a minimum undergraduate GPA as well as a minimum GRE or GMAT score for applicants. Check with the Sport Management Program Coordinator for specifics on minimum requirements for the above.

In addition, the general admission requirements for graduate business programs must be met (See: Graduate Program Admissions Requirements).

Degree Requirements

The M.S. in Sport Management consists of a total of 36 semester hours; the M.S./ M.B.A. option totals 57 credit hours.

To qualify for the Master of Science in Sport Management, the candidates must:

  1. Be fully admitted to the program;
  2. Successfully complete the program, with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or greater;
  3. Repeat only once any course with a grade below “B” to attain a grade of “B” or better;
  4. Complete all course requirements with no more than two “C” (2.0) grades in the final grade point average, any “C” grades beyond this limit must be repeated for a grade of “B” or better with only one repeat per course allowed;
  5. Repeat any failed course and obtain a grade of at least “C”; only one repeat for a failed course will be allowed, any student who fails a course a second time or who fails three courses will be dismissed from the program; and
  6. Meet all of the requirements for the Internship/thesis and comprehensive examination.

Note:

A student is placed on academic probation when the cumulative GPA falls below 3.00. In this event, the student must raise the cumulative GPA to at least 3.00 within one calendar year following the semester in which the GPA fell below 3.00.

Master of Science (36 credits)

Required Core Courses (18-21 credits)

SMB-532EVENT & FACILITY PLANNING

3

SMB-533SPORT MARKETING MGMT

3

SMB-544FINANCIAL APPS IN SPORT

3

SMB-585THE LAW IN SPORT

3

SMB-616RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

3

SMB-621ETHICAL ISSUES IN SPORT

3

SMB-634SPORT GOVERNANCE

3

Note: Upon special request by the advisor to the Andreas School of Business Dean, consideration may be given for substituting an approved elective for SMB-616 when evidence can be provided that the student has satisfactorily completed an Ethical Issues in Sport course at Barry University.

Choose one of the following options:

Internship (6 credits)

SMB-679AINTERNSHIP/PROJECT

3

SMB-679BINTERNSHIP/PROJECT

3

Or

Thesis Option (9 credits)

SMB-689THESIS I

3

SMB-690THESIS II

3

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SES-624ADV STATS FOR SPRT & EX SCS

3

-Or

SES-630QUAL RES SPRT & EXC SCIENCES

3

Electives (6-9 credits)

Thesis Option (6 credits)

Internship Option (9 credits)

To increase academic flexibility, students are permitted three (9 cr) electives in their course of study. These tracks of specializations, or “clusters,” may be developed in areas of interest such as sport media, international sport, business, law, research, or others. Select from the Sport Management and Business course electives listed under the M.S. in Sport Management, subject to Graduate Committee approval

Choose from the following:
SMB-531MEDIA RELATIONS & SPORT

3

COM-590PR PRINC & CASE STUDIES

3

SMB-530MANAGING SPT ENTERPRISE

3

SES-618FIT&WELLNESS PROMO

3

SMB-638SPRT & FLM - NARRAT IN SOCIET

3

SMB-652LABOR RELATIONS IN SPORT

3

SMB-663RISK MANAGEMENT IN SPORT

3

SMB-613SPORT TOURISM

3

SMB-600ADVANCED STUDIES

1

MBA-601HUMAN RESOURCE MGT

3

MBA-603INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

3

MBA-605ENTREPRENEURIAL MGT

3

Note:

  1. SMB-530 is a prerequisite for students without a degree in sport management or business.
  2. Other courses may be substituted as electives, subject to approval by the student’s Graduate Advisor with appropriate prerequisites for M.B.A. course enrollment.