Master of Science in Sport Management

The mission of the graduate Sport Management degree program is to effectively prepare students for a variety of executive positions within athletic and sport organizations at the community, educational, and/or professional levels. Students will be provided quality instruction, the latest technology, opportunities for research and professional development, field-based experiences, and excellent internship opportunities. In return, students are required to become acquainted with relevant issues in the field, understand the research process, and represent the program’s goals and objectives in the industry. Individuals completing the program will be ready to assume leadership positions in the sport management and/or academic domains. The curriculum is currently offered 50% face-to-face at SHSU-The Woodlands Center and 50% Online.

Please submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Admissions Application

  2. Application Fee

  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution

  4. Two Recommendation Letters

  5. Statement of Intent/Interest addressed to the Sport Management Graduate Coordinator

  6. Official GRE Scores. The GRE score requirement is waived for students that have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Prospective students should contact the Sport Management Graduate Coordinator for a list of additional materials that may be required for admission consideration. Students who do not meet the entrance requirements may be conditionally admitted for one semester, pending approval from the Sport Management Graduate Coordinator. Students admitted to the program on a conditional basis are allowed to complete a maximum of 6 graduate hours.

The Master of Science in Sport Management degree program offers two options: thesis and non-thesis. Students choosing the thesis option are required to complete 36 credit hours comprised of 30 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis. Students choosing the non-thesis option are required to complete 36 credit hours comprised of 30 hours of coursework and 6 hours of practicum.

Master of Science in Sport Management (Thesis option)
Specified Courses
KINE 5362Legal Issues in Sports3
KINE 5363Leadership in Sport Management3
KINE 5370Sport Mkt: Theory & Practice3
KINE 5371Sport Finance and Sales3
KINE 5373Event & Facility Management3
KINE 5374Appld Rsrch Mthd-Kin & Spt Mgt3
KINE 5382Community and Media Relations in Sport3
KINE 5383Sport Consumer Behavior3
KINE 5384Revenue Generation in Sport3
KINE 5389Sports in American Culture3
Thesis
KINE 6098Thesis I3
KINE 6399Thesis3
Total Hours36

At the conclusion of the program, all students are required to pass a comprehensive written examination covering content from select courses, exclusive of the thesis, if applicable.  Those selecting the thesis option are also required to successfully complete an oral defense of their research study.  The comprehensive examination can be taken when the student is within his/her final 6-hours of coursework and must be completed at least three-weeks prior to the graduation date.  Students must be enrolled during the semester in which the comprehensive examinations are taken. 

Master of Science in Sport Management (Non-Thesis option)
KINE 5362Legal Issues in Sports3
KINE 5363Leadership in Sport Management3
KINE 5370Sport Mkt: Theory & Practice3
KINE 5371Sport Finance and Sales3
KINE 5373Event & Facility Management3
KINE 5374Appld Rsrch Mthd-Kin & Spt Mgt3
KINE 5382Community and Media Relations in Sport3
KINE 5383Sport Consumer Behavior3
KINE 5384Revenue Generation in Sport3
KINE 5389Sports in American Culture3
Practicum
KINE 5334Graduate Internship3
KINE 5334Graduate Internship3
Total Hours36

Note: Student must have Graduate Standing for all courses in the program.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The MS in Sport Management is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • ​Professionalism and Ethical Decision Making: Students are taught what it means to be a "professional" in the sport industry. Students must demonstrate a high standard of professionalism in the classroom, during internship experiences, and through class projects with various stakeholders in the field. In addition, students are taught the importance of​ ethical and responsible decision making.
  • Sales Experience: Students are taught valuable sales skills and strategies throughout the program by professors and sport industry leaders. Students will gain valuable sales experience through a variety of different opportunities with our intercollegiate athletic and professional sports partners. 
  • Social Awareness: Students are provided training and education of the alignment between social issues and the sport industry. Such issues include: diversity, gender equity, race issues, media influence, violence, etc. Students are taught the importance of being a socially responsible leader in the sport industry. 
  • Risk Management Skills: The sport management program is designed to prepare students to become effective leaders and managers in the sport industry. Students are taught the importance of developing a preventative law plan to deal with potential risks that may effect his/her sport organization.  
  • Event Management and Marketing Skills: Students are provided opportunities to produce and market a major event. As a part of the process, students engage in budgeting, event development and planning, marketing, and sales to execute a major event for the program, department, college, and university. The applied nature of the project utilizes existing program relationships to build course concepts into real-world settings.