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Graduate Sport Management Program

Graduate Sport Management Program

The mission of the Graduate Sport Management Program is to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges associated with careers in the sport industry.  This is achieved by providing students with theoretical and practical knowledge that will enable them to be successful leaders.  The curriculum is consistent with current principles and practices of academic and sport marketplace standards.  Sport Management is a program area within the Department of Human Movement Sciences.  This Department is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.  We prepare professionals in disciplines related to human movement and other activities for the promotion of physical, emotional, and social well-being.

The Graduate Sport Management Program prepares students for careers in a wide variety of organizations in the sport industry, including:

  • Professional sports
  • Collegiate athletics
  • Event and facility operations
  • Corporate sport management and marketing firms
  • Community recreation and leisure agencies
  • Non-profit sport organizations
  • Health and fitness industries
  • Military MWR programs
  • Golf & tennis clubs
  • Campus intramural sports and recreation

Students are required to take courses in a variety of sport and business areas including sport marketing, management and leadership in sport, fiscal planning in sport, and legal aspects of sport.  The program requires the completion of 36 graduate credit hours.  

The deadline for applying to the graduate Sport Management program is March 1.  Students will be notified of their acceptance status by April 1 and must confirm their intention to attend ODU by May 1.

The curriculum culminates in a capstone initiative with a Fieldwork Experience or Thesis option:

Fieldwork Experience Option (SRM 764)- You complete a 400-hour internship with a sport organization that fits your career goals. This option is suited for students who are looking to step into the field of sport management or move up within the industry and need additional experience. The internship provides a great opportunity to receive valuable on-the-job training.

Thesis Option (HMS 698/699)- You participate in a research project, in which you receive faculty advisement. This option is suited for students who want to work in research-focused position within the sport industry or who would like to stay in academia and pursue a doctoral degree. 

Students who choose the Fieldwork Experience will be required to take a comprehensive exam on the material covered in the core curriculum courses. This exam will be administered at the completion of coursework prior to starting the industry-related capstone experience.

Students will earn a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree with a concentration in Sport Management.

An online delivery format of the graduate Sport Management program is also available.  For more information, click here.


Stephen Shapiro, PhD
Graduate Program Coordinator - Sport Management
2012 Student Recreation Center
Human Movement Sciences Department
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-5078 (office); 683-4270 (fax)
E-mail: sshapiro@odu.edu