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Online Master of Science in Sport Management

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Total Credit Hours
36

Cost Per Credit Hour
$639

Total Credit Hours
36

Cost Per Credit Hour
$639

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 athletic 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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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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Cost Online Master's in Sport Management

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 Online Master's in Sport Management

Sports Management Core 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 Sports 3

Sport Management Electives

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

Sports Management Electives Credit Hours
KIN 4513 Facilities Management 3
KIN 4515 Sports Seminar 3
KIN 4517 Sports Administration 3
KIN 4518 Governance and Policy Development in Sport 3
KIN 7528 Sport Psychology 3
KIN 7544 Current Topics in Sport Management 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.

Restricted Research Electives Credit Hours
KIN 4501 Special Topics in Kinesiology 3
KIN 7574 Qualitative Research in Kinesiology 3
KIN 4900 Independent Study 3
KIN 7900 Introduction to Research Methods 3

Admission Requirements Online Master's in Sport Management

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

GMAT/GRE Waiver

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. 

Career Opportunities Online Master's in Sport Management

  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Marketer
  • Athletics Director
  • Facilities Manager
  • Athletic Operations Manager
  • Compliance Manager

Accreditation Online Master's in Sport Management

Our online master’s degree in sport management is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

What Will I Learn? Online Master's in Sport Management

Students in our online sport management graduate program will be equipped with a broad skill set in sport-related organizational behavior and theory, problem-solving, finance, economics, social issues, and law.


Topics covered in this degree include: 

  • Organization and management theory and techniques for administration of programs in educational and fitness settings
  • Analysis of organizations in the sport industry using theoretical and practical applications
  • Examination of the social construction of sport and the systemic issues connected to contemporary sport
  • An in-depth examination of public and private financing options for professional, intercollegiate, interscholastic and recreational/commercial sport
  • A study of legal issues affecting the delivery of sport services and liability in sport-related activities
  • In-depth examination focusing on the economic issues of professional, intercollegiate, and recreational sport around the world

Why Choose This Program? Online Master's in Sport Management

Why choose LSU’s online Master of Science in Sport Management?

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 a Master’s 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 in sport management establishes graduates as experts in their fields, setting them apart from those seeking similar roles in this competitive industry.


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