Sport Management, Master of Professional Studies

Sport Management


The sports and recreation industries are booming. And with a flourishing industry comes a demand for well-educated leaders to fill a variety of roles including media relations, advertising and sales promotion, marketing, financial management, facilities planning, and coaching.

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Admission into the MPS program in Sport Management is contingent upon an assessment of the candidate’s ability to successfully pursue graduate study. This assessment will be made by examining previous academic performance, letters of recommendation, the applicant’s essay, work experience, performance on standardized exams (such as the GRE or GMAT), and any other evidence that the admissions committee believes to be relevant.
Applicants must submit the following for admission consideration:

  • Evidence of the conferral of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Transcripts from each institution attended must be submitted even if a degree was not conferred.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s academic abilities and potential to succeed in an academically rigorous graduate program.  
  • An essay of approximately 300 words describing the applicant’s reason for pursuing graduate study and his or her leadership objectives.
  • A CV/Resume is also required to be included in the application.


  • The Division of Sport Management utilizes rolling admissions throughout the year. For best consideration, students should apply by May 1 for the summer or fall semesters and November 1 for the spring semester. Applications received after those dates will be considered on a space-available basis.

Please note the following:

  • Applicants are evaluated holistically (i.e., evaluations are not solely based on GPA or test scores), and as a result, students are recommended to provide multiple pieces of evidence indicating they will be able to successfully complete the graduate program (e.g., students in the program must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above during the course of their graduate studies, otherwise they may be placed on academic probation).
  • GMAT/GRE are strongly recommended but not required:
  • International students may be required to submit additional information (such as TOEFL scores). Please visit the St. John’s University international admissions page
  • The admissions committee may request to interview the applicant either in person or by telephone.
  • The final approval of admission will rest with the graduate admissions committee of the Division of Sport Management.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to present a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will delay the admissions process.

For admissions questions, please visit the St. John’s Office of Graduate Admission web site or call 718-990-1601.

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You can prepare for these opportunities by earning an MPS in Sport Management at St. John’s University. The mission of the program is to develop students into well-educated, ethical, and highly competent leaders in the global sports industry. This is achieved by providing students with the theoretical and practical knowledge that will enable them to be successful leaders; establishing a curriculum that is consistent with current principles and practices of professionals in the academic and sport marketplace communities; and delivering instruction that is relevant, effective, and stimulates learning.

The graduate sport management program is the natural development of our long-standing and successful undergraduate program, which is one of the largest in the nation. St. John’s University was one of the first institutions in the United States to offer sport management as a major area of study. When the program was founded in 1976, most sport-related majors were in the areas of athletic training, sports medicine, physical education, or kinesiology. Instead of focusing on the rules of the game and athletic performance, our program focuses on applying business principles to the sport industry. Furthermore, our location in the media and sports capital of the world provides students with unparalleled internship and employment opportunities.

Full-time students normally complete the program in two years but an intensive 12-credit per semester schedule can lead to a degree in as little as 18 months. Part-time students are welcome, and classes that meet once per week at 5:00 or 7:10 p.m. meet the needs of working professionals who want to further their education.

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    The Master of Professional Studies in Sport Management degree requires completion of 36 credits. All students complete a core of 21 credits followed by 15 credits of specialized upper-level course work. To complete the program, students must complete two capstone projects: one in relation with industry professionals (SPG 312) and one related to a research project (SPG 401).

    Core:  21 Credits

    SPG301 - Strategic Sport Management
    SPG302 - Strategic Sport Communication
    SPG304 - Philosophy, Principles, and Leadership in Sport
    SPG305 - Ethical and Legal Aspects of Sport
    SPG306 - Financial Perspectives in Sport
    SPG312 - Seminar in Sport Management
    SPG401 - Research Methods in Sport


    Electives: 15 credits


    SPG307 - Social/Psychological Aspects of Sport
    SPG308 - Sport Science: Coaching for Optimal Performance
    SPG309 - Sport Science: Techniques and Analysis
    SPG310 - Event & Venue Administration: International Perspectives
    SPG311 - Sport Marketing: International Perspectives
    SPG313 - Power, Politics, and International Sport Governance
    SPG314 - Sport Statistics and Analytics
    SPG315 - Creativity and Innovation in Sport
    SPG316 - Risk Management in Sport
    SPG317 - Issues in Modern Sport
    SPG318 - Intercollegiate Athletics Administration
    SPG319 - Foundations and Evolution of Sport Management
    SPG402 - Special Topics in Sport Management
    SPG403 - Special Topics in International Sport
    SPG404 - Independent Study in Sport Management
    SPG502 - Thesis I|
    SPG503 - Thesis II
    SPG505 - Internship
    SPG500 - Internship
    SPG510 - Internship
    SPG520 - Internship
    SPG521 - Internship
    SPG521 - Internship

    Specialization: 9 credits

    Student can take any 15 credits from the elective courses above, but students may choose to specialize in coaching leadership by taking SPG 307, 308, and 309 or specialize in the international business of sport management by taking SPG 310, 311, and 313.

    Internship Information

    In order to enhance their job and career prospects, graduate students have the opportunity to complete for-credit academic internships. An academic internship is a credit-based work experience through which a student receives training and gains valuable experience in a specific career area under the supervision of a specialist in that particular field.

    The Division of Sport Management does not provide internships to students, however, faculty members, Career Services, and other entities within the university can all assist students with identifying internship opportunities. In recent years, Division of Sport Management students have interned at hundreds of sport, recreation, health and wellness, fitness and related types of organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, in addition to a multitude other local, national and international organizations. Alumni from the Division of Sport Management are employed at thousands of organizations worldwide.

    Learn more and apply to complete a Sport Management internship here




    Additional Information

    Do I have to take the GRE or the GMAT to be admitted?
    The sport management program does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as a condition of admission. However, students applying for graduate assistantships are required to take the GRE.

    What are the deadlines for admission?
    The Division of Sport Management utilizes rolling admissions throughout the year. For best consideration, students should apply by May 1 for the summer or fall semesters and November 1 for the spring semester. Applications received after those dates will be considered on a space-available basis.

    Is there financial aid available for graduate students?
    Visit the St. John’s Office of Student Financial Services web site or call (888) 978-5646.

    How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?
    The St. John’s University graduate application also includes an application for graduate assistantship positions. Students applying for graduate assistantships are required to take the GRE general exams. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here.

    Can I transfer any graduate credits?
    You can transfer up to six graduate credits from another university. However, the course that you wish to receive credit for must be a good substitute for one of the courses in the MPS program. You can apply for transfer credits after you begin the program, and the decision about whether or not to permit the credits to count towards your degree will be made at that time.

    Do you give credit for life or industry experience?

    Will this degree prepare me to be a physical education teacher or an athletic trainer?
    No it will not. Most states require physical education teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in education, and many states (including New York) require a master’s degree in education to become certified. To become certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association requires a bachelor’s degree from a college or university with an accredited athletic training program.

    How long will it take to complete my degree?
    Full-time students normally complete the program in two academic years (four semesters) by taking 9 credits each semester. By taking a carefully designed sequence of courses, it is possible to complete the program in 18 months (three semesters) by taking 9-12 credits each semester and completing courses during the summer session. If you plan on trying to complete the program in an accelerated fashion, tell your advisor before you register for classes in your first semester.

    Do you accept part-time students?
    Many of our students study part-time. Part-time students can complete the program in three academic years by taking six credits each semester, or even faster by taking classes during the summer sessions.

    What are the class sizes?
    Core classes typically have no more than 20 students and upper-level classes will usually have between 10-15 students.

    Do I have to do an internship or write a thesis?
    You do not, but you have the option to do one or the other. For students who do not have any sport industry experience, an internship is highly recommended. Students choosing the internship option (SPG 500 or 510) will intern full-time for one semester, completing at least 200 clock hours to earn three credits or 400 clock hours with a sports organization. Student who choose the thesis option (SPG 502 and 503) will write a master’s thesis under the direction of a faculty member. Note that you can do either an internship or a thesis but not both.

    Can I study abroad as part of the program?
    Graduate sport management students may have opportunities to study on our Rome campus as part of one-week sessions in January and four-week sessions in June. Be advised that these program are not always scheduled each year. For more information, please visit the St. John’s University Global Studies web site.

    Career Outcomes

    Your MPS in Sport Management will train you for entry-level management positions with a wide variety of sport related organizations, such as:

    • Professional sports teams
    • Professional sport leagues
    • College and university athletic departments
    • Youth sport organizations
    • Intercollegiate athletic conferences
    • Amateur sport governing bodies
    • Sport media organizations
    • Sports marketing and public relations firms
    • State and local government sports commissions
    • Leisure, fitness, and recreation organizations
    • Sports equipment and apparel firms
    • Event management organizations
    • Stadiums, arenas, and other sport facilities
    • And many other organizations that are involved in the sports industry

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