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Sport Management

The master's degree program is designed for students who desire to work in the sport industry. There are two tracks. There is an on-campus track in which students complete 36 credit hours over the course of one or two years. All of these courses are offered in a traditional on-campus format. Within this track, many students obtain graduate assistantships, which involve working 20 hours/week providing service to a unit in return for a tuition waiver and stipend. Students generally gain experiences working within the WVU Athletic Department in areas such as marketing, promotions and compliance. These experiences allow students to learn in a hands-on fashion from sport administrators who run a Division I athletic department in a major conference. These experiences are important for career development. Coursework is project-oriented and designed to give students exposure to real-life situations and problems. A unique aspect of this program is that students have access to the ESPN Sports Poll database. Using this data, students conduct research related to specific professional franchises and present this research to the organization.

Career Profile

Students graduating from the Master's Program in Sport Management have increased their value, thereby moving up in the company, or being promoted to positions of upper or middle management. Graduates have chosen to continue their academic career in a Ph.D. program. This career path has been very popular. Graduates have been very successful in achieving their personal career goals.

Course Delivery Options

Blended, On-campus, or Online

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement

Graduate Program Application Requirements

The personal statement is a two- page autobiography, which should include information concerning background and experience, involvement in sports and related associations and professional career interests in the sport management field.

As a final phase in the selection process, applicants meeting the admissions standards and providing a complete application by the deadline will be invited for personal interviews. The final selection will be based on the applicant’s overall qualification, including relevant experience and personal presentation during the interviews. The interviewing committee attempts to select candidates who will make a significant contribution to the field of sport management.

Extra Accreditation Info

Accredited by NASSM since 2001.

Application Deadlines

Summer Deadline

​December 15th (on-campus) March 1st (online)

Admissions Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement

Admissions Requirements

The personal statement is a two- page autobiography, which should include information concerning background and experience, involvement in sports and related associations and professional career interests in the sport management field.

As a final phase in the selection process, applicants meeting the admissions standards and providing a complete application by the deadline will be invited for personal interviews. The final selection will be based on the applicant’s overall qualification, including relevant experience and personal presentation during the interviews. The interviewing committee attempts to select candidates who will make a significant contribution to the field of sport management.

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accredited by NASSM since 2001.

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