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Online Master of Science in Sport Management

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Sports Are Your Passion. Make Them Your Career.

The LSU online Master of Science in Sport Management is a COSMA accredited degree that 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, finance, 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.

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GRE waiver available

Applicants with a 3.0 GPA are not required to submit a GRE score..

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Finish in just one year

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

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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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Top Ranked

The online MS in Sport Management from LSU ranks #3 on BestMastersPrograms.org's 2021 list for 25 Best Online Master’s in Sports Management.

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Alum Reaches Goal After 25 Years

LSU Online Master of Science in Sport 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 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

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for the final program cost.

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 7528 Sport Psychology | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 7544 Current Topics in Sport Management | Credit Hours: 3

Additional electives may be considered through consultation with the faculty advisor.

Restricted Research Electives

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

  • KIN 4501 Special Topics in Kinesiology | Credit Hours: 3
  • KIN 7574 Qualitative Research 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

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 target score of 295 or GMAT target score of 560

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


The admission policies of the School of Kinesiology provide a possible alternative to the GRE/GMAT requirement for applicants who have a 3.0 G.P.A. in their last 60 hours of undergraduate work. 

Why a Master of Science 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 I school: It can include a variety of professional endeavors, 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, among other career destinations that comprise the sport industry.

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 Online’s Master of Science 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.

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