SMU's Master of Science in Sport Management degree is a full-time, 12-month program designed for students who have a passion for the business of sport and who aspire to hold senior-management positions in the multi-billion dollar sports industry.

The program is led by sport management professionals with decades of executive experience in a wide range of segments including professional leagues and teams, media and broadcasting, marketing and sponsorship, facilities and sports equipment and apparel. Students will learn important business skills from faculty at the SMU Cox School of Business, ranked nationally by leading business journals.

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Program Overview

The mission of the Master of Science in Sport Management (MSSM) program is to provide students with industry-specific training focused on the outcomes that develop and foster the ability to design and conduct research, analytical and strategic thinking and effective business communication skills. Students will also develop strong business and financial foundation as it relates to sport organizations. The MSSM graduate will possess an educational foundation and experiential learning advantage in the sport industry.

Master of Science Sport Management students

SMU’s Master of Science in Sport Management degree is a full-time, 12-month program designed for students who have a passion for the business of sport and who aspire to hold senior-management positions in the multibillion-dollar sports industry. The program is led by sport management professionals with decades of executive experience in a wide range of segments including professional leagues and teams, media and broadcasting, marketing and sponsorship, facilities and sports equipment and apparel. Students will learn important business skills from faculty at the SMU Cox School of Business, ranked nationally by leading business journals.

An experiential learning approach will provide students with “real life” case studies and networking through symposiums, mentorships and internships with some of the most prominent sports leaders and organizations in the United States.

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Application Deadlines for Fall 2023 Entry

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December 1, 2022 Early decision deadline
March 15, 2023 International student deadline
June 1, 2023 Final deadline for scholarship consideration
Rolling admission after June 1, 2023.

Application Materials

  • Completed application form
  • Resume
  • Essay (prompted on application)
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Optional letters of recommendations (3 max)

Note: Test scores are being waived due to the pandemic

* If you are interested in scholarship consideration please be sure to check that box on the application as well as complete the section for financial aid (FASFA/SAR)

Curriculum

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The program’s 17 sequenced courses are delivered over one year in four 7-week modules and one summer internship. In the schedule below, classes designated ACCT, BUSE, FINA, MAST, MNO, MNGT, STRA are taught through the Cox School of Business; classes designated SPRT are taught through the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. 

Modules follow the Cox School of Business calendar. Sixteen classes are two credit hours; one, one credit-hour class; and one four credit-hour internship.