Master of Science In Sport Management

"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 an adjacent 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 program graduates to launch successful careers at sport entities such as:

  • Octagon
  • MLB Network
  • ESPN
  • The Washington Capitals
  • United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee
  • UCLA Athletics Department
  • Duke University Athletics Department
  • Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
  • Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, and many more high-profile organizations.
Industry Leaders

Program participants can earn the right to have assigned industry mentors ranging from athletic directors to GMs of professional teams. The Pompea 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.

Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.


Agents/Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

28% Growth 2021-2030


General Operations Managers

7% Growth 2021-2030


Public Relations Specialists

9% Growth 2021-2030

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What’s more, our M.S. in Sport Management is the only Stem-Certified Graduate Degree in Sport Management in the U.S., which makes this degree holder qualified for a position in sport analytics, marketing analytics, and business analytics. Data provided by SportBusiness in their 2020 rankings..

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