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 market. 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 and sport finance. 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 may complete the degree in one calendar year, but two years is the most popular time-frame for students who receive graduate assistantships. 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 experiences prepare students to become industry leaders.