Master of Science in Sport Management

Sport Management 

The Sport Management program is an MS degree (non-thesis) offered through a unique curriculum which focuses on interdepartmental collaboration. Specifically, graduate students pursuing this MS degree are encouraged to schedule courses in other departments on campus in addition to the established core curriculum, which focuses on organizational behavior and theory, finance, social issues, and law. Unique among graduate-level sport management curricula, LSU’s program utilizes other programs in the School of Kinesiology and College of Human Sciences and Education, fosters interaction within the highly respected E.J. Ourso College of Business, and supports engagement with the Manship School of Communication among other well-renown academic opportunities to help students acquire the information and skills they need to be successful in their desired career path. Another prominent feature of the program is a semester-long internship wherein the students work extensively in a selected area of sport management. Sites for internships have included the National Senior Games, Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation, the Texas Rangers (Major League Baseball), the Washington Wizards (National Basketball Association), the offices of the Southeastern Conference, and various offices within LSU athletics.

Overall, the sport management program prepares students for careers regarding the business and managerial aspects of recreation and sport. Graduates of the program assume positions such as event and facility managers of sport and entertainment venues, recreation centers, and fitness clubs, ticket operations managers at the various intercollegiate and professional levels, marketing and promotions directors, and sport information directors. Other positions our graduates pursue include athletic directorships at the interscholastic and intercollegiate levels and in the general management operations of professional sport, community relations, and event coordinators. 

Admission Requirements

Students must submit an application to the Graduate School. Students will be evaluated on these five areas regarding their application package: 1) Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA); 2) GRE and/or GMAT score; 3) 3 Letters of Recommendations; 4) Letter of Intent/Interest; and 5) Resume.

Course Requirements

Sport Management Core Courses 18 Credit Hours
KIN 7511    Administrative Problems in Kinesiology 3
KIN 7516    Organizational Behavior and Development in Sport 3
KIN 7518    Social Issues in Sport 3
KIN 7519    Financial Issues in Sport 3
KIN 7524    Sport Law 3
KIN 7545    Economic Issues in Sport 3
Sport Management Elective 12 Credit Hours
KIN 4513    Facilities Management 3
KIN 4515    Sport Seminar 3
KIN 4517    Sport Administration 3
KIN 4518    Governance and Policy Development in Sport 3
KIN 7500    Field Experience in Sport Management 3
KIN 7544    Current Topics in Sport Management 3
(Choose 12 credit hours)  
Restricted Research Electives 6 Credit Hours
Restrictive Research Elective 1 3
Restrictive Research Elective 2 3
Elective Total 18
Total 36

Need at least 18 credits at 7000 or higher



The MS in Sport Management graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). The program is designed to prepare graduate students for careers regarding the business and managerial aspects of sport and recreation. View more information about the 2019-2020 student achievement data, operational effectiveness goals and program information profile.


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