PhD in Kinesiology

Sport Management

The Sport Management PhD specialization at the Louisiana State University is offered by the School of Kinesiology as a degree program which focuses on developing a variety of academic skills to help students become successful in academic and/or scholarly endeavors. Students accepted into the PhD program will receive training toward careers in academia or professional positions of similar or related career fields. Specifically, students will be provided the opportunity to receive and demonstrate critical thinking and research skills through an interdisciplinary approach which centers on the student’s research interests and career ambitions. Building on a foundation of sport management courses, independent studies, and mentoring opportunities with the program’s faculty members, students will, through elective coursework (i.e., cognate area) explore a wide variety of management issues related to the field of sport. Such interests may include areas related to Organizational Behavior and Theory, Facility Management,  Law and Legal Applications,  Finance and Accounting,  Economics, History, and social issues to name a few. Finally, unique among graduate programs, LSU offers real opportunities to teach lecture courses in our undergraduate Sport Administration program to help prepare PhD students and candidates for careers in academia. Courses available for doctoral students and candidates at LSU include the basic core of most undergraduate and graduate curriculums (e.g., marketing and promotions, law and ethics, finance, introduction to sport industry, social issues, etc.). Overall, the PhD opportunity at LSU allows students the flexibility to carve their niche within the sport industry to better serve the interest of the academy and their own natural curiosity.


The PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Management graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). The program is designed to help students become successful in academic and/or scholarly endeavors. Of the 34 sport management doctoral programs in the United States, only two have achieved accreditation at this point from COSMA.

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Students must submit an application to the Graduate School. Students will be evaluated on these six areas regarding their application package:

  • Cumulative Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA);
  • GRE and/or GMAT score;
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation;
  • Letter of Intent/Interest;
  • Research Statement;
  • Resume.

PhD applicants should contact the faculty members before applying to understand the current research interests of the faculty and to communicate their own potential area of interest.

Course Requirements

Minimum Total* 77 Credit Hours

Research and Statistics 26 Credit Hours

Professional Core Courses (Choose 15 Hours) 15 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 Legal Issues in Sport 3
KIN 7545 Economic Issues in Sport 3


Cognate Area** 15 Credit Hours

Sport Management Elective Courses (Choose 12 Hours) 12 Credit Hours
KIN 4501 Special Topics in Sport Management 3
KIN 4513 Facilities Management 3
KIN 4518 Governance and Policy Development in Sport 3
KIN 4900 Independent Study 3
KIN 7505 Problems in Kinesiology 3
KIN 7544 Current Topics in Sport Management 3


Dissertation 9 Credit Hours
KIN 9000 Dissertation Research 9


** Electives and Cognate: Electives and the selection of the Cognate specialization will be chosen on the basis of agreement between the student and the student’s advisor. Courses required for the Cognate specialization will be based on agreement between the student and the student’s Cognate professor. Each of these agreements is subject to approval by the student’s PhD committee. * At least 27 credit hours at the 7000 level or above, exclusive of any type of independent study, is required.

***Students should consult with faculty advisor(s) as to the coursework plan will prepare them to meet their goals.

Graduates of Sport Management PhD Program

Dr. Adam Pfleegor (Original Placement: Mississippi State University) 

Dr. Dylan Williams (Original Placement: University of Alabama)

Dr. Patrick Tutka (Original Placement:  Niagara University)

Dr. Khirey Walker (Original Placement: Ball State University)

Dr. Jeremy Foreman (Original Placement: University of Louisiana- Lafayette)

Dr. Ben Downs (Original Placement:  Ball University)

Yoseph Mamo (Original Placement:  Tennessee State University)

Current PhD Students

Seungmin Kang (3rd Year)

2015 MS; Seoul National University; Sport Management

2009 BS; Chungbuk National University; Physical Education

Interest: Seungmin is interested in exploring the value of sport for the public good (i.e., Sport for Development) and understanding the importance of organizational capacity for those programs’ intended visions and outcomes. 

Marcella Otto (3rd Year)

2016 MS; Southern Illinois University; Kinesiology; Sport Studies

2014 BS; Southern Illinois; Sport Administration

Interest: Marcella is interested in applying organizational management concepts, such as human resources and psychological contracts, within college athletics to better understand the student-athlete experience.

Tiffany Demiris (1st Year)

2014 MS; Temple University, Sport and Recreation Management

2011 BS; New Jersey Institute of Technology, Communication and Media

Interest:  Tiffany is interested in Sport Facilities Development and Operations in both the collegiate and professional athletic realms.  Her interests also lay in the historical aspects of the said facilities. 


Sport Management Newsletters

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Contact Us

Chad Seifried
Phone: 225-578-2960



Program Area Faculty




Tyreal Qian

Claire Zsovec