Sport Management, Masters of Professional Studies

Sport Management

Overview

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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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.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Sport Management faculty.

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Admission

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. Applicants are expected to have an overall undergraduate average of at least 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale. 
  • 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.  At least one of these letters must be from an instructor who has taught and evaluated the applicant in an academic setting.
  • 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.

Deadlines:

  • May 1 for the Fall and Summer semesters, November 1 for the Spring semester. Applications received after these dates will be considered on a space available basis until two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Please note the following:

  • 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.

Courses

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

SPG 301                 Strategic Sport Management (Fall, Spring, Summer)
SPG 302                 Strategic Sport Communication (Fall, Spring)
SPG 304                 Philosophy, Principles, and Leadership in Sport (Fall, Spring)
SPG 305                 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Sport (Fall, Spring)
SPG 306                 Financial Perspectives in Sport (Fall, Spring)
SPG 312                 Seminar in Sport Management (Fall, Spring)
SPG 401                 Research Methods in Sport (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Electives: 15 credits

SPG 307                 Social/Psychological Aspects of Sport (Spring, Fall)
SPG 308                 Sport Science: Coaching for Optimal Performance (Spring, Fall)
SPG 309                 Sport Science: Techniques and Analysis (Spring, Fall)
SPG 310                 Event & Venue Administration: International Perspectives (Spring, Fall)
SPG 311                 Sport Marketing: International Perspectives (Spring, Fall)
SPG 313                 Power, Politics, and International Sport Governance (Spring, Fall)
SPG 314                 Sport Statistics and Analytics (Summer)
SPG 315                 Creativity and Innovation in Sport (Spring)
SPG 402                 Special Topics in Sport Management (Summer)
SPG 500                 Internship (3 credits) (Spring, Summer, Fall)
SPG 510                 Internship (6 credits) (Spring, Summer, Fall)
SPG 502                 Thesis I. (3 credits) (Spring, Summer, Fall)
SPG 503                 Thesis II. (3 credits) (Spring, Summer, Fall)

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.

Additional Information

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.

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 are part-time. By taking six credits each semester, you can complete your degree in three years.

Please review all of the internship opportunities online.

Contact Information

For more information about the MPS Program in Sport Management, please contact the Faculty Director, Dr. Glenn Gerstner, at 718 990-7474 or [email protected]

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