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Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's

Key curriculum

The undergraduate sport management curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and experiences necessary to facilitate their movement into employment in the sport industry. Similarly, the sport management graduate curriculum was developed to help students gain advancement within the sport industry.  Both of these curricula provide students with coursework that is designed to meet the needs of the entry level professional in sport management, as outlined by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation. 

There are twelve credits (i.e., 4 courses) shared across sport management bachelors and master’s degree programs, with the rest of the curricula remaining the same. Each of the shared courses contain general subject matter that is taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, but with different depth, assignments and expectations.  Therefore, teaching these courses only one time to students in the accelerated program allows them to gain the information related to the class without making them complete two separate courses in the same area.     

  1. SM 627 Legal Issues in Sport Administration (3): This graduate level course addresses legal issues in interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional sport contexts. SM 627 will be dual-counted in place of SM 426, the equivalent class of legal Issues in Sport Administration at the undergraduate level within the undergraduate SM curriculum.

  2. SM 635 Sport Management Processes (3): This graduate level course provides analyses of management processes utilized in sport businesses with the focus of planning, organizing, leading, and evaluation processes that are unique to the sport industry. SM 635 will be dual-counted in place of SM 485, the equivalent class of Sport Management Processes at the undergraduate level within the undergraduate SM curriculum.

  3. SM 670 Sport Finance (3): This graduate level course overviews financial operations and analyses of interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional sport administration. SM 670 will be dual-counted in place of SM 370, the equivalent class of Sport Finance & Economics at the undergraduate level within the undergraduate SM curriculum.

  4. SM 680 Sociocultural and Ethical Dimensions in Sport (3): This graduate level course is designed to foster critical thinking, writing and discussion about sociological, cultural and ethical dimensions in sport and their impact upon modern society. SM 680 will be dual-counted in place of SM 380, the related class of History and Philosophy of Sport at the undergraduate level within the undergraduate SM curriculum. These two courses interact with each other with regard to their coverage of the socio cultural aspects of sport.  Both of these courses use a sociological issue to analyze sport issues.

  5. Sample Course Schedule: The sample course schedule demonstrates that the AMB in sport management can be completed in four years (including two required summers).  Students in the AMB will be permitted to complete courses in the master’s degree program out of the prescribed sequence with approval from the advisor to accelerate time to degree completion. The courses in the master’s degree program are delivered primarily online which affords students greater flexibility in managing the costs associated with the additional time invested in their college education.

Admission requirements

  • Students must complete an internal application for admission to the accelerated B.S./M.S. (ABM) program. 
  • Students may apply for regular admission to the ABM in sport management program in the semester following the completion of 75 credits, but not later than the semester after which they have completed 95 credits. 
  • Only enrolled WVU sport management majors may be considered for regular admission to the ABM program. 
  • Transfer students must complete at least 24 credit hours as degree-seeking students at WVU before applying. 
  • The minimum GPA requirement for regular admission is 3.25 with no provisional admissions allowed. 
  • Regular admission will not be offered to students with less than 2 semesters to complete the bachelor’s degree. 
  • The ABM in sport management program is not available to students seeking a second (or subsequent) bachelor’s degree. 
  • Internal application is due by October 1 or March 1 with program admissions decisions communicated by December 15 or May 15. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty work group and presented to the program faculty for a final admissions decision. 

Continuation in the program

Students in the ABM in sport management program must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout their enrollment in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Grades from selected courses will be counted towards the students’ GPA at both the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels (12 credits) for the purposes of determining satisfactory performance.

Unless given specific permission by the Dean’s Office, students admitted to an ABM in sport management program must maintain full-time continuous enrollment during fall and spring terms. Enrollment requirements in summer term include the completion of 10-11 credits, primarily at the graduate level. Students admitted to the ABM in SM program may not pursue a dual degree, double major, or certificate without approval of the Dean's Office. They may pursue minors and areas of emphasis, as approved by their advisor. However, students admitted to the ABM in sport management program will not generally be approved for course overloads (more than 17 credits in any term that includes more than one graduate-level course, more than 20 credits in any term that does not include graduate-level courses).

Students’ eligibility to remain in the ABM in sport management program will be evaluated at the end of each semester. Students failing to meet program or University standards will be placed on program probation for no more than one semester, after which they will be terminated from the ABM in sport management program. Terminated students as well as students who choose not to continue in the ABM degree program will be eligible to receive their bachelor's degree after completing the traditional bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Example plan of study

First Year
Fall Hours Spring Hours
ENGL 101 (GEF 1) 3 Select one: Math 121, Math 126a or Math 126b 3
SM 167  3 SEP 271 3
JRL 101 (GEF 8)
3 CS 101 (GEF 2) 4
COMM 100 & Comm 102 (GEF 8)
3 GEF 5 3
WVUE 191
1 ECON 201 or BUSA 202 3
Elective or Minor Crs
3
Total credits 16 Total credits 16
Second Year
Fall Hours Spring Hours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1) 3 ECON 201 or BUSA 202 (GEF 4) 3
SEP 272 (GEF 8) 3 GEF 6 3
Elective or Minor Crs 3 COMM 306 3
PR 215 3 SM 350 2
GEF 2 3 Elective or Minor Crs 3
Total credits 15 Total credits 14
Third Year
Fall Hours Spring Hours Summer Hours
SM 340 3 BUSA 330 3 SM 616 3
SM 425 3 SM 375 3 SM 686 3
BUSA 320 3 GEF 7 3 SM 690 1
SM 345 2 SM 486 3 Elective or Minor Crs 3
SM 355 1 Elective or Minor Crs 3
Elective or Minor Crs 1
Total credits 15 Total credits 15 Total credits 10
Fourth Year
Fall Hours Spring Hours Summer Hours
SM 387 3 SM 486 3 SM 616 3
SM 491 3 SM 627 3 SM 670 3
SM 646 3 SM 640 3 SM 680 3
SM 675 3 SM 690 1
SM 690 1 Elective or Minor Crs 5
Total credits 13 Total credits 15 Total credits 9