Sport ManagementMaster of Science

“My classes were very hands-on and used a lot of real-life examples, so we were able to apply what was being learned to actual situations,” says Melissa Corraro '16 M.S., an event manager for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association.

Learn to be a Leader in the Business of Sport

Our master’s degree in sport management is the most established such program in Connecticut and the oldest program in the United States continually housed in a business school.

We have always focused on business and continue to lead the nation in cutting-edge business applications in sports. Boiled down to its essence, our degree is focused on cultivating and training industry leaders to work in the sports industry, or any other industry through hands-on experiential education.

Students may choose between a general M.S. Sport Management degree and two concentrations:

  • The M.S. Sport Management with a concentration in Business Analytics (36 credits and STEM designated) provides an in-depth framework for use of analytics and how data is driving critical decisions in the industry. The goal of this degree program is to enhance students’ quantitative and statistical skills (including predictive modeling and data management), build an understanding of the relationship between data and decisions, and develop the skills to communicate those relationships.
  • The M.S. Sport Management with a concentration in Collegiate Athletic Administration (30 credits) is a focused degree designed to provide an understanding of the management of college athletic departments/programs.
  • The general M.S. Sport Management degree (30 credits) allows the student to build a set of Sport Management and general business electives around the Sport Management core that reflect their particular interests and professional objectives.

A total of 30-36 credits are required for completion of the Master of Science in Sport Management degree (depending on the choice of concentration). The program is made up a Sport Management core that is common to each of the concentrations (consisting of six Sport Management courses) and a set of concentration courses (consisting of between four and six courses tailored to that particular part of the Sport Management discipline).

The M.S. Sport Management program offers an exciting hands-on degree program designed to prepare you for a successful career in professional sport team management, collegiate athletic administration, sport marketing, sport finance, sport facility management, or other career options. Internships and opportunities to learn from experienced practitioners in sport management have helped to launch successful careers for program graduates in corporations such as Octagon, WWE, ESPN, and Major League Soccer.

Industry Leaders

Program participants can earn the right to have assigned industry mentors ranging from athletic directors to GMs of professional teams. The College of Business further prepares students through the Professional Enrichment Program, which has brought to campus experienced sports professionals such as ESPN’s Chris Berman, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, and New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. To earn your degree, you will complete a sequence of interdisciplinary business and sports management core courses. You may elect to complete your degree with a series of electives or select one of our degree concentrations in collegiate athletic administration, or business analytics.

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