Sports Management Graduate Program (HPERSS)
Offered through the Department of Kinesiology
in the School of Health and Human Services
327 Halenbeck Hall
Web site: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/kinesiology
Department Chairperson: Dr. Laura Finch
Department Secretary: Ms. Suzanne Nordos
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Laura Finch
Graduate Faculty: Atunez, Bacharach, Conkell, Finch, Martin, Picconatto, Ulfert, Sheehan, Street, Tarr
The Master of Science in Sports Management prepares students for professions in municipal recreation, campus recreation, public school activities director, collegiate athletic director, amateur and professional sports marketing or facilities director for private or public health clubs.
Admission Requirements Specific to the Program
- The GRE is required.
- Admission decisions are made as completed application files are received.
- Please be aware that with the growing interest in the Sports Management graduate program, admission to the program has become increasing competitive. You are encouraged to apply early for a fall semester start and also consider a spring semester start.
- Fall semester application deadline:
- U.S. students - April 15
- International students - April 1
- Spring semester application deadline:
- U.S. students - October 1
- International students - August 1
- A student's letters of recommendation, GRE and undergraduate GPA are weighted equally in the admission decision.
Length of Program — Measured by Semesters
- Part-time student: five to six semesters taking six credits per semester.
- Full-time student: three to four semesters taking eight to 12 credits per semester.
- The program has been designed for full-time and part-time students. Full-time students can expect to complete part of the course load in evening classes. The part-time student may complete the program through regular evening instruction and/or through summer session offerings.
Graduate Assistantship Overview
- Admitted degree-seeking students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships. The opportunity to receive a graduate assistantship is available to everyone who is admitted to a graduate program. A student may apply during the admission process, but will not be hired until fully admitted.
- One graduate assistantship position is generally sponsored each year, and is available in the fall and spring semesters.
- The graduate assistant will work with the fitness wellness course, assist sports management faculty, and assist the instructor of record with undergraduate sports management program needs.
- Approximately 12 to 15 assistantships are offered through SCSU Athletics.
Degree and Plans Offered
- Master of Science in Sports Management, Plan A (Thesis) at 32 credits
- Master of Science in Sports Management, Plan C (Field Experience) at 36 credits
Students must receive a B or higher in all graduate coursework.
Final Comprehensive Evaluation (Plans A and C)
All students are required to pass a final written comprehensive examination.
Supervised Internship (Plan C)
Students should consult the internship handbook prior to their beginning their internship search. The handbook provides the details of securing an internship site, the internship application, and requirements pertaining to the student's graduate committee. The internship application includes an approval form that is submitted to the Sport Management Graduate coordinator prior to accepting an internship and before the graduate committee proposal meeting.
All students must complete the following internship application requirements.
- Copy of Proposed Program of Graduate Study is completed and signed by the advisor and the graduate dean.
- Complete and submit internship application form to sport management graduate coordinator prior to accepting an internship and before the graduate committee proposal meeting.
- Obtain a grade of B or higher in all graduate coursework.
Master of Science — Sports Management
Plan A, 32 credits; Plan C, 36 credits
Plan A, 12 credits; Plan C, 3-6 credits
- CEEP 678. Introduction to Graduate Statistics, 3 credits
- PESS 601. Research Methods in Physical Education and Sport Science, 3 credits
- PESS 699. Thesis, 6 credits (Plan A only).
Plan A, 10 credits; Plan C, 10 credits
- PESS 605. Intro to Sport Management, 3 credits
- PESS 640. Law and Sport, 3 credits
- PESS 658. Finance and Marketing in Sport Management, 3 credits
- PESS 660. Organization and Administration of Sport Management, 3 credits
Plan A, 5-10 credits; Plan C, 5-10 credits
- PESS 610. Social and Cultural Issues in Sport and Physical Activity, 3 credits
- PESS 612. Current Issues in Sport Management, 2 credits
- PESS 618. Ethics in sport Management, 2 credits
- PESS 661. Planning Physical Education and Sport Facilities, 3 credits
Plan A, 0-5 credits; Plan C, 4-12 credits
- ACCT 591. Accounting Principles, 3 credits
- BLAW 533. Marketing and the Law, 3 credits
- ECON 559. Economic Analysis, 3 credits
Health and Fitness/Society
- GERO 505. Aging and Diversity, 3 credits
- SOC 593. Gender, Space, and Society: Global Perspectives, 3 credits
- EDAD 610. Administrative Leadership, 3 credits
- EDAD 630. Introduction to Personnel Administration, 3 credits
- EDAD 650. Introduction to School Community Relations, 3 credits
- COMM 502. Theories & Principles of Leadership, 3 credits
- COMM 534. Theory and Principles of Public Relations, 3 credits
- HURL 513. Diversity in the Workplace, 2 credits
- MGMT 550. Employee Selection, 3 credits
- MGMT 567. Organization Theory, 3 credits
- MGMT 570. International Business Management, 3 credits
- MGMT 585. Service Operations Management, 3 credits
- MKTG 503. Principles of Promotion, 3 credits
- MKTG 515. Professional Selling, 3 credits
- MKTG 520. Electronic Marketing, 3 credits
- MBA 629. Marketing Management, 3 credits
- CMTY 555. Grant Development, 3 credits
- PESS 508. Philosophy of Sport, 3 credits
- PESS 545. Computer Applications in Health and Physical Ed, 2 credits
- PESS 556. Administration of Interscholastic Athletics, 2 credits
- PESS 591. Psychology of Sport, 2 credits
- PESS 632. Seminar in Physical Education and Sport Science, 3 credits
- PESS 637. Practicum I in Sport Management, 1 credit
- PESS 638. Practicum II in Sport Management, 1 credit
- PESS 654. Advanced Theory of Competitive Athletics, 3 credits
- PESS 690. Seminar in Physical Education & Sport Science, 3 credits
- REC 515, Organization and Administration of Sport Management, 3 credits
- REC 516. Marketing for Rec and Sport Management, 3 credits
Field Experience, Plan C Only; 6 credits
- PESS 680. Internship in Sport Management, 6 credits
Students in sports management will take classes under the following course abbreviations: Counselor Education, Higher Education, and Educational Psychology (CEEP), Educational Administration (EDAD), Health (HLTH), Human Relations and Multicultural Education (HURL), Management (MGMT), Marketing (MKTG), Mass Communications (COMM), Physical Education (PESS), Recreation (REC) and Sport Science (PESS).