The sport industry needs specialized, qualified professionals to manage all aspects of the field. The on-campus Master of Science in Sport Management program prepares graduate students to compete in the global job. Alumni have made significant contributions in a variety of sport settings including intercollegiate athletics, professional sports, facilities and arenas, event marketing and promotions, business law, as well as other sport businesses. WVU’s unique curriculum features courses that provide “real-world” training in athletics compliance, sport finance, and a one-of-a-kind ESPN Sports Poll class. The program has provided students with marketing research and data-mining consultant experiences for the Charlotte Bobcats, Memphis Grizzlies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Washington Capitals.
The master’s degree consists of 36 credit hours, including a six-hour internship. Students take required sport management classes and elective classes in management, marketing, advertising, journalism, and public relations. Students may complete the degree in one calendar year, but two years is the most popular time-frame. A dual degree option between the on-campus master’s in sport management and the MBA programs is available as well, allowing students to earn both degrees in two years. All-in-all, the curriculum and professional experience prepare students to be industry leaders.