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Master of Arts in Education – Sport Management

Faculty working with Students: 6
Students: 40
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 50%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • GRE (Combined - Verbal and Quantitative) Minimum score 291
  • TOEFL - iBT 80
  • IELTS Band 7

Degree Description:

The College of Education offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education – 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 Student Recreation Center.

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 and highlighting any sport management related work and/or research experience; a brief written statement describing your career goals and how you believe they will be promoted by admission to the program (do not exceed two typed single spaced pages); three letters of reference as outlined in the supplemental departmental application; transcripts showing all previous college or university coursework; and GRE or (for international students only) TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Entering students will be expected to have appropriate prerequisite coursework at the undergraduate level and/or work experience in sport and recreation that provides satisfactory background knowledge. Students admitted with identified background deficiencies will be required to complete undergraduate coursework prior to enrolling in graduate coursework in the identified areas.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Identify and analyze ethical legal socio-cultural issues and formulate response in managerial decision making and police determinations in sport.
  2.  Employ principles of strategic planning, financial management, and human resource management in sport.
  3.  Assess marketing and media needs and formulate short term and long term solution.
  4.  Develop and utilize critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills in analyzing sport management issues and in managerial planning and decision making.
  5.  Demonstrate information literacy and 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 (event management coordinator, marketing and promotions coordinator, media relations coordinator, compliance coordinator, assistant director of athlete academic support services); professional sports teams (group sales account executive, corporate sponsorship assistant director, ticket office assistant director, assistant general manager); 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:

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.

Wong, John, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Hockey, history of business of sport, sport business decision-making process and power relationships.

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