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Online Master of Science in Kinesiology - Sport Management

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Sports Are Your Passion. Make Them Your Career.

The LSU online Master of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Management prepares current and aspiring sports professionals to become innovative and thoughtful leaders in the athletic landscape. With an expansive curriculum that covers key sport management topics, such as facilities management, governance and policy development, sport law, and organizational and behavior development in sport, LSU’s program ensures graduates leave ready to make their mark in the professional sports and fitness arena.

Consisting of 36 credit hours, this innovative sport management-focused degree from LSU can be completed in just one year. LSU’s program is entirely online, allowing students to pursue their other personal and professional commitments in addition to school.

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Finish in just one year

Students can complete the 36 credit hours required to receive the degree in 12 months.


Be a part of the Tiger Nation

Join more than 250,000 alumni worldwide from the flagship institution of Louisiana.

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Combine sport management theory with practice

The program covers both how to be a successful manager in sports and the economic, social, and legal factors of the field.

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Study at a school with a prestigious academic program

LSU has one of the most storied football programs in history, along with its other top-tier, NCAA-recognized teams.

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Alum Reaches Goal After 25 Years

LSU Online Master of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sports Management 2018 graduate Eric Seaman talks about the journey to earning his degree after 25 years.

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Assistant Professor J. Michael Martinez, Ph.D talks about the student experience in the LSU online Master of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Management program.

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You may be able to find savings and earn credit from previous work or training, or as demonstrated by your industry certifications, through Prior Learning Assessment. Learn more.

Total credit hours per program: 36 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $639

Total cost with fees: $23,004

Course Listings
  • KIN 7511 Administrative Problems in Kinesiology | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 7516 Organizational Behavior and Development in Sport | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 7518 Social Issues in Sport | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 7519 Financial Issues in Sport | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 7524 Sport Law | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 7545 Economic Issues in Sports | Credit Hours: 3

Sport Management Electives

Choose four courses below to meet the twelve credit hour requirement.

  • KIN 4513 Facilities Management | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 4515 Sports Seminar | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 4517 Sports Administration | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 4518 Governance and Policy Development in Sport | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 7544 Current Topics in Sport Management | Credit Hours: 3

Restricted Research Electives

Choose two courses below to meet the six credit hour requirement.

  • KIN 4501 Special Topics in Kinesiology | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 4900 Independent Study | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 7900 Introduction to Research Methods | Credit Hours: 3
Admission Requirements

Graduate School

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited U.S. or equivalent from a foreign institution
  • GPA – 3.0 on all undergraduate work (or last half-degree) and a 3.0 on any graduate work already completed
  • GRE scores

Program Requirements

  • 3 letters of recommendation – one from employer –not friend/relative
  • Statement of purpose- motivation to attend LSU Sport Management program, including personal and career goals, and your commitment to excellence
  • GRE score, 295

Application Components

  • Official transcripts of all previous college or university work
  • 3 letters of recommendation – professional not friend/relative - one from employer
  • GRE or waiver requirements met
  • Professional resume
  • Personal statement

GMAT/GRE Alternative

The admission policies of the School of Kinesiology provide for a possible alternative to the GRE/GMAT requirement for students who meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of a 3.0 G.P.A. in their last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • A minimum of a 3.0 G.P.A. on all (i.e., cumulative) previous graduate work
  • Three strong letters of recommendation
  • Three years of demonstrated successful professional work experience as evidenced by a resume OR one full year of service as a full-time employee at LSU

Regarding the GRE Waiver Request Essay

Please discuss and describe how examples from your professional work experience demonstrate in a 1,000 word essay:

  • Your motivation to succeed as a professional.
  • Your ability to persevere in the face of demanding professional challenges.
  • Your intellectual ability to master challenging and difficult subject matter related to your selected area within kinesiology.
  • How your selected area of interest within kinesiology/sport management will assist your current profession.
  • Be sure your answers specifically address each of these areas. Only applicants who provide well-written and acceptable answers to these questions will be considered for the GRE/GMAT waiver. (To expedite the application process, please submit with online application as the statement of purpose. Submitting after application has been submitted could delay application processing time).
Why a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Management?

Building a successful sports team or franchise takes more than just having the top coaches on your payroll or the best players on the field. It’s a business built from the ground up, spearheaded by visionary sports leaders who know how to manage operations and inspire all the members on their professional teams. But sport management isn’t just being the general manager of a World Series champion or the athletic director of an NCAA Division 1 school: It can include a variety of professional endeavors, such as opening up your own gym, practice clinic, or physical therapy business.

Regardless of your particular ambition in sports, a master’s degree relating to sport management is crucial to qualifying for in-demand positions with professional and NCAA teams. The leadership skills gained from this program allow graduates to become effective managers and motivators at their athletic organizations. Additionally, a master’s degree relating to sport management establishes graduates as experts in their fields, setting themselves apart from those seeking similar roles in the competitive landscape of sports.

What makes this program unique?

Allowing students to complete the program at their own pace, LSU’s Master of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Management offers a quality university education in a flexible format. Students receive a thorough education in as little as one year. The connection to LSU’s athletic programs, as well as the university’s accomplished alumni body at large, puts students in an advantageous career position after graduating. And with a wide variety of careers to pursue in sports, graduates often have no problem finding a path that can lead to their professional athletic goals.

Why choose LSU?

The passion and excellence that LSU stands for have earned the school a coveted "Tier One" spot in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges.” As the state’s flagship university, LSU has been preparing students for rewarding careers for nearly 150 years. Today, LSU is equally proud of its strides to make education more accessible through innovative online degree programs that are every bit as rigorous as its on-campus programs

Through the dedication of an exceptional faculty and staff, LSU is one of only 30 universities in the United States designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. In addition, LSU is the only public top-tier university—and the only university in Louisiana—to receive the honor of being placed in the "very high research activity" category by the Carnegie Foundation.

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The disclosure for the Master of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Management can be found here.