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Sport Management Studies

Intercollegiate Athletic Association Concentration – Credits:  36 (program code:  0962)

Generalist  Concentration – Credits:  36 (program code:  0963)

Letter of Completion – Intercollegiate Athletic Administration – Credits:  12 (program code: 0881)


Program Description

The sport management studies curriculum was created especially for presentation via the Internet. Sport management theory and principles are presented with streaming video, narrated PowerPoint presentations and online forums. Threaded discussion groups, chat rooms and email allow the cohorts to communicate and interact, adding unique insight into the discussion. Students have the option of completing the specialist concentration, the intercollegiate athletic administration concentration, or the sports counseling concentration. Program length is approximately 13 consecutive months, with new cohorts beginning in January and July. Cohorts of approximately 35 students each learn and communicate online and regularly function as a group of interactive peers. All students must be enrolled as full-time cohort members. This virtual community creates a lively and dynamic educational experience that enriches the collaborative skills essential for success in the sport industry. A post baccalaureate/post master's letter of completion is also available in intercollegiate athletic administration. Students are eligible for a graduate letter of completion upon completion of 12 credits. The intercollegiate athletic administration track has been developed in consultation with the NCAA.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • For International Applicants: TOEFL score of 213 on computer-based exam, 550 on paper-based exam or 80 on Internet-based exam. An official copy of an IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0 may be substituted for the TOEFL score.

Conditional Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of one term to satisfy these requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Resume listing at least two professional references

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Submit the nonrefundable $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:

         School of Graduate Studies and Research
         California University of Pennsylvania
         Box 91
         250 University Ave.
         California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email ( or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:

Phone: 1.866.595.6348


Core Curriculum
Course NameCredits
SPT 700 Research Methods in Sports Management
SPT 710 Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sport3
SPT 720 Sport Marketing3
SPT 730 Public Relations in Sports3
SPT 740 Legal Aspects in Sport3
SPT 750 Sport Finance3
SPT 760 Sport Ethics3
SPT 770 Management and Leadership in Sport3

Generalist Concentration (12 credits)
Course NameCredits
SPT 799 Sport Mentorship12

Intercollegiate Athletic Administration Concentration (12 credits)
Course NameCredits
SPT 790 Sport Governance3
SPT 791 Sport Compliance3
SPT 792 Legal Aspects of Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics3
SPT 793 Development of Human Resource Strategies in Intercollegiate Athletics3


Students in the sport management program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Program Coordinator

Robert G. Taylor, Ph.D. (University of Southern Mississippi), M.Ed. (Frostburg State University), B.S. (San Diego State University), Associate Professor
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Graduate Program Faculty

For faculty bios, visit:

Carol M. Biddington, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), Associate Professor
Mary Kreis, Ph.D. (University of Miami), M.S. (University of Texas at San Antonio), B.S. (University of Virginia), Associate Professor
Linda Meyer, Ed.D. (Duquesne University), ATC, M.S. (West Virginia University), B.S. (Lock Haven University), Professor
Laura Miller, M.S. Ph.D. (University of Southern Mississippi),  B.S. (Pennsylvania State University – Behrend College), Assistant Professor
Matt Wilson, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. ( Georgia Southern University), Adjunct Faculty
Brian D. Wood, Ph.D. (University of New Mexico), M.S. (Minnesota State University, Mankato), B.S. (University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse), Associate Professor