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Master of Arts in Education – Sport Management

Faculty working with Students: 6
Students: 23
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 82.61%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • TOEFL - iBT 80
  • IELTS Band 7
  • GRE optional

Degree Description:

The College of Education offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sport Management in which students can choose either a thesis option (typically for those pursuing a research degree and the possibility of a Ph.D.) or a non-thesis option (typically for those seeking to work as a practitioner in the sport industry). The program of study in Sport Management is a full-time two year degree. The program offers graduate assistantships teaching lower division undergraduate sport management courses. Graduate assistantships are also available in various departments on campus including the Athletic Department and University Recreation.

Admission Requirements:

To apply, please provide the following information: a WSU Graduate School online application; a supplemental department application; a current resume documenting your educational attainments, professional experiences, and highlighting any work and/or research experience in sport and sport management; a statement of purpose (suggested length: approx. 500 words) as outlined in the supplemental application and including the following elements: how your academic (and, if relevant, professional) experiences have prepared you for graduate school, and a discussion of your career trajectory or potential career paths and how a master’s degree will benefit you; three letters of reference as outlined in the supplemental departmental application; transcripts showing all previous college or university coursework; and (for international students only) TOEFL or IELTS scores. GRE or other standardized test scores are optional.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

1. Incorporate an understanding of ethical, legal, and socio-cultural issues in managerial decision making and policy determinations in sport

2. Employ sound principles of strategic planning, financial management, risk management, and human resource management in sport

3. Apply fundamental knowledge and practical understanding of sport marketing, communication, and event management principles

4. Utilize critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills in analyzing sport management issues and in managerial planning and decision making

5. Demonstrate information literacy and oral, written, and group communication skills

6. Develop research skills and utilize sound theoretical frameworks relevant to the different aspects of the sport industry.

Career Opportunities:

Our graduates find jobs in sport industry sectors such as professional sport, collegiate sport, recreational sport, youth sport, and international sport, with careers in areas such as event management, sport marketing and promotion, sport journalism, media relations, recreation management, ticket sales, community relations, etc.

Career Placements:

Intercollegiate athletics departments (vice president for intercollegiate athletics, assistant athletic director for eligibility and student success, general manager of ticket solutions, assistant coach, marketing and promotions coordinator, media relations coordinator, event management coordinator, compliance coordinator, assistant director of athlete academic support services); university recreation departments (assistant director for integrated communications and group fitness; coordinator of competitive sports and youth programs; coordinator of fitness services, strength and conditioning; coordinator of member services; health promotions and engagement coordinator); professional sports teams (group sales account executive, corporate sponsorship assistant director, ticket office assistant director, assistant general manager, sales coordinator); high school athletics director; assistant managers for golf and tennis clubs; championships assistant for intercollegiate athletics conference; assistant director for state high school athletic association; state director of tourism.

Faculty Members:

Ariyo, Emma

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Black female athlete identity; Gender and sport; Sport and Politics

Crawford, Tammy K, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Undergraduate student development and engagement in university programs, current trends and issues related to college athletics, socio-cultural issues related to sport, and sport marketing.

Jedlicka, Scott, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Sport governance and policy, which involves examining the structure and political behavior of sport organizations, and the ways in which they formulate and pursue objectives under conditions of scarcity and political conflict.

Lebens, Christopher Michael, J.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Risk management in sport, constitutional law, and contract law

Licen, Simon, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Mass media, journalism, broadcasting, and social media in sports, the negotiation of identity through the media, and the media in international, post-socialist and post-colonial societies.

Rhee, Yong Chae, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Understanding of sport consumer behavior focused particularly on the topic of fan identification, identifying key consumer psychological variables that influence fan identification including Relative Deprivation and Social Identification.

Contact Information:

WSU Pullman College of Education
Cleveland Hall 70
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114
(509)-335-9195 or (509)-335-7016
Fax: (509)-335-9172