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The Master of Science in Sport Administration degree program seeks to prepare graduates with professional skills and knowledge for careers in the $300-plus billion dollar sports business industry through an exceptional program inspired by excellence, vision, scholarship, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
The sport industry segment includes careers in youth, amateur, community, professional, and international sport organizations, in addition to affiliated industries such as event management, media, facilities, merchandising, club management, entrepreneurial enterprising, sports travel and tourism, and athlete representation and management. Potential career paths can be found in such areas as management, marketing, law, finance, media, promotions, public relations, sports information, and coaching. The program is designed to meet the curriculum standards for the Commission on Sport Management (COSMA).
Regulations for the Degree:
- Research Requirement: All students will complete the university’s basic certification course for human subjects research. See the university’s research office website and your faculty advisor for details.
- Internship/Thesis Requirement: Students have the option to complete the internship requirement or elect to pursue the thesis track. The internship is the cornerstone and culminating experience of the program in which the student will work in an approved sport business enterprise under professional supervision. The student is required to acquire the place for the internship in consultation with a faculty advisor. The internship cannot be taken until all other courses of the program have been completed unless as otherwise specified and permitted by a faculty advisor. Along with the internship requirement, the student will also be required to pass the Capstone Project. The thesis track requires Master’s-level students in sports administration to conduct original research and complete a formal thesis. It must be started two semesters prior to graduating and is overseen by a faculty advisor. The thesis track does not require completing the Capstone Project, but instead requires a formal proposal and defense of the research.
- Course Requirements: The course requirements for the Master of Science degree in Sport Administration and the format of the program follow. Students should consult with a faculty advisor for any questions or concerns. The Course Descriptions section contains a listing and description of the courses. The Georgia State University Graduate Catalog which includes all regulations concerning graduate programs can be found on the university’s web site.
- Electives: Students may take courses of their choice in consultation with a faculty advisor from those listed here or from courses in other related such programs as business, management, marketing, hospitality, risk management, law, information technology, finance, education, international business, and research.