Sport Management Studies

Sport Management Studies Online Master of Science (M.S.)

About Sport Management Studies

Enroll in the nation's first online graduate program in sport management studies.

Build your path to a professional career in today's leading sports organizations: Earn your M.S. in Sport Management Studies 100% online at California University of Pennsylvania.

Cal U is recognized as an academic leader in preparing graduate students for coaching, management and other professional positions in the competitive sports industry. To develop specialized skills and knowledge, choose from three concentration options:

Benefit from our comprehensive online graduate degree.

  • Get a sound management foundation in the sports industry, learning from top faculty experts in Pennsylvania and across the country.
  • Earn your master's degree in as little as 13 months in our accelerated cohort or 17 months  in our traditional cohort. 
  • Get promoted or move on to leadership positions in public, private, nonprofit and commercial sectors throughout sports leagues, businesses and organizations.


Flexible Schedule:

This accelerated master's degree program is delivered 100% online and can be completed in as little as 13 consecutive months. Traditional cohort options are also available. Learning materials are provided in modular formats, and students learn online with videos, PowerPoint presentations and online forums. Discussion groups, chat rooms and email enable you to communicate and interact with your fellow students and your instructors.

Sport Mentorship:

Sport management students can count on practical experience: You'll practice sport management theory in an actual setting under the direct supervision of a recognized leader in the sports industry.  You will be able to select the site to complete your mentorship, which can, if approved, be your current place of employment.

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Degree Benefits

Cal U's 100% online Master of Science in Sport Management Studies degree is designed especially for you to:

  • Learn from expert faculty and peers in your online classes.
  • Build valuable contacts in the sports
  • Study at a historic state u
  • Pursue graduate studies while working full time.
  • Become part of a global professional network of program
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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U sport management students are well-prepared for top roles in management and leadership within the sports industry. Our graduates are succeeding in a range of key positions: athletic director, head football coach, fitness center director and physical education instructor. Cal U students also work in a wide range of sport businesses and organizations, such as:

  • Major and minor league baseball.
  • NCAA Division I, II and III intercollegiate athletics.
  • NHL and NFL.
  • NAIA intercollegiate athletics.
  • Interscholastic athletics nationwide.
  • Public parks and recreation.
  • YMCA.

Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

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Course Credits
SPT 700  Research Methods in Sport 3
SPT 710  Socio-cultural Aspects of Sport 3
SPT 720  Sport Marketing 3
SPT 730  Public Relations in Sport 3
SPT 740  Legal Aspects in Sport 3
SPT 750  Sport Finance 3
SPT 760  Sport Ethics 3
SPT 770  Leadership and Management in Sport 3
SPT 799  Mentorship* 12
Total 36

* Students may not enroll in SPT 799 until all core coursework has been successfully completed with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.



Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • 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

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Resume listing at least two professional references

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Related Programs



Sport Management

The Master of Science in Sport Management Studies program offers the Sport Management concentration to enable working professionals to develop solid skills that meet the challenges of the dynamic sports world.


Strategic Sport Analysis

The specialized concentration in Strategic Sport Analysis in the Master of Science in Sport Management Studies program is designed to meet the needs of the sports industry by preparing qualified management professionals who can successfully incorporate analytics and economic analyses into the daily management of sports organizations.

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Intercollegiate Focus

The Intercollegiate Athletic Administration concentration focuses student work on important business and management issues: Sport governance, sport compliance, legal aspects of equity in intercollegiate athletics, human resource strategies in intercollegiate athletics, sport finance, ethics, marketing and more.

  Additional Resources

What Can You Do With a Sport Management  Counseling Certificate

      Top 10 Reasons To Get a Sport Management Master Degree

Sport Management Studies Faculty

Dr. Carol Biddington

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Dr. Mary Kreis
Associate Professor

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Dr. Laura Miller
Professor, Sport Management Program Director

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Dr. Robert G. Taylor
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

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Dr. Brian D. Wood
Associate Professor

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