The online MS program in Sport Management prepares students to become marketable professionals within the dynamic and exciting sport industry. Students have two program tracks from which to choose: 1) Comprehensive Sport Industry Management, low residency, and 2) Interscholastic Sport Administration, fully online. Students in each track graduate with the same degree, a Master’s of Science in Sport Management. Students collaborate with highly qualified experts in the academy and leaders within the sport industry. Students explore the latest research, identify best practices and develop practical skills in sport-related business management. Program graduates obtain immediate consideration for career advancement while some continue to pursue further education in sport management at the doctoral level.
Areas of EmphasisLow Residency
Comprehensive Sport Industry Management
This 30 credit hour master’s program is designed for working sport management professionals or those seeking initial access to the field. Graduates work across all sectors of the sport industry, including youth sport, collegiate and professional athletics, in either an introductory or advanced position within the job market. Students complete online courses during spring and fall semesters and mostly online courses, online and on-campus, within two weeks in July, only during the first summer in the program. The summer on-campus sessions provide the unique opportunity for students to network with professionals working in the WVU Athletic Department and interact with other cohort members and faculty. This additional interaction helps students expand their professional network.
The low residency option is ideal for professionals with demanding schedules who need to
balance work and family while continuing their education, within a projected fifteen
months. All students receive the in-state tuition rate, providing increased affordability
and access. Students must start this program during the summer semester.
Interscholastic Athletic Administration
This 30 credit hour master’s degree program is designed for those individuals who are either currently working or would like to work as athletic directors or faculty managers at the middle or high school level. Students learn the roles, responsibilities, challenges and opportunities associated with a career in sport management, particularly within interscholastic athletic administration. The program provides students with the educational experiences necessary to qualify them to sit for the certification exam (CAA) administered by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association (NIAAA).
This fully online format allows students to complete their courses from home using mobile learning technology via a well-established academic portal. This program is ideal for professionals with demanding schedules who need to balance work and family while continuing their education. Currently, students can complete the online master’s degree in 20 months. However, starting August of 2019, students can complete the degree in as little as 12 months. Tuition is offered at the in-state rate for all students to increase affordability and access. Students can start this focus area at any time in the academic year (spring, summer or fall).