Sport Management, Masters of Professional Studies

Sport Management
36 Credits

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
Queens Campus


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.

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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. 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.


  • 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.


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 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 if an applicant takes the GRE or GMAT, their scores can be considered included with their application materials. The graduate admissions committee will consider submitted GRE or GMAT scores in the admissions decision."

What are the deadlines for admission?
The Fall semester deadline for admission is May 1 and the Spring semester deadline is November 1. Applications received after those dates will be considered only on a space available basis until two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

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 assistantship application can be found on the Graduate Application page. 

Can I transfer any graduate credits?
You can transfer up to six graduate credits from another university. However, the course(s) that you wish to receive credit for must be a good substitute for the courses in the MPS program. You can apply for transfer credits after you have completed 18 credits, and a decision will be made regarding those credits 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.

When are courses offered?
A full schedule of courses is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. You can view the current course offerings by clicking “College of Professional Studies.” Classes meet once per week, Monday through Thursday, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and 7:10-9:10 p.m. Some courses are offered in a hybrid format (meet every other week with other activities online) and some offered in a pure distance learning format (no class meetings). There are a limited number of courses offered during the University's two five-week summer sessions, usually one per session.

How do I know what courses to take?
All first-year students will be advised by a member of the graduate sport management faculty or an advising dean before registering for classes. This advisement can be done in-person or electronically via email. You will receive advisement during your entire career at St. John’s, ensuring that your program of study is proper for the track that you have chosen.

Do I have to do an internship or write a thesis?
You will have to do one or the other. Students choosing the internship option (SPG 510) will intern full-time for one semester, completing at least 400 clock hours with a sports organization. Students choosing the thesis option (SPG 502 and 503) will write a master’s thesis under the direction of a faculty member. Each option is six credits.

Can I study abroad as part of the program?
Graduate sport management students can study abroad for a month with our undergraduate sport management students at the St. John’s Rome Campus during the June summer session. Students also have an opportunity for a full semester abroad as part of our exchange agreement with Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. 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 in three semesters and 12 credits in one semester, or taking 9 credits each semester and completing a course during the intervening summer session. By taking a carefully designed sequence of courses, it is possible to complete the program in 18 months (three semesters) by taking 12 credits each semester and completing a course during the intervening summer session. If you plan on trying the accelerated schedule, 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, and three credits during one summer session, you can complete your degree in three years.

What types of career opportunities are available in sport management?
An internship program is available for qualified students, which provides them with an opportunity to apply what has been learned in class to practical situations in the field. The experience gained through internships has assisted graduates in obtaining positions with sport organizations in public and media relations, advertising, sales promotion, marketing, financial management, facilities management, and administration.

Our location in New York City and the partnerships that we have built over the past 30 years gives our students the opportunity to work with some of the best-known organizations in the sports industry. Our students have interned with virtually every major and minor league franchise, athletic facility, and college athletic department in the New York area. Internships are also available outside the greater metropolitan area – we have recently placed students with the Los Angeles Sparks, the Nashville Predators, the United States Ski and Snow Board Association in Park City, Utah, NASCAR in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.  Our internship program has also gone overseas, as our students have interned with the Yokohama F-Marinos of J-League Soccer, the Leicester Riders of the British Basketball League, the Leicester Tigers of the English Rugby Union, and Viva Nicaragua! in Granada, Nicaragua.

Please review all of the intership opportunities online.

Contact Information

For more information about the MPS Program in Sport Management, please contact the Program Director, Glenn Gerstner at 718-990-2038 or [email protected]

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

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