Master of Science in Sport Management



MSSM Application Deadlines:

Applications are processed on a continuous basis beginning in early November. It is in your best interest to submit your application as early as possible to be eligible for scholarship consideration.

Deadline 1: November 15, 2017

Deadline 2: February 15, 2018

Deadline 3: April 30, 2018


SMU’s Master’s Degree in Sport Management gives students a competitive advantage. It provides the type of experiences and education that top sports executives believe are critical to career success.

According to more than 1100 senior-level sports industry executives polled in 2009 in a SportsBusiness Journal survey, internship opportunities, alumni connections, faculty quality, official relationships with outside organizations, and a variety of course offerings are the most important elements of a sports business program. SMU’s M.S. in Sport Management is augmented by SMU’s academic reputation, its strong alumni base, and its key relationships with sports organizations. The comprehensive and rigorous curriculum of the degree provides students with a strong educational foundation and a competitive advantage in pursuing a career in the sports business.


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.  

Internships & Experiential Learning

In the heart of the Southwest, Dallas is the fifth largest sports market in the United States. Through guest speaker appearances, symposia, field trips, consulting projects, student mentoring and internships, our students enjoy access to major professional sports teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, and FC Dallas. The DFW Metroplex boasts multiple Division I colleges, several minor league franchises, three conference headquarters, as well as world-class facilities such as the American Airlines Arena, Cowboys Stadium and one of the country’s top NASCAR tracks, Texas Motor Speedway. Dallas is also home to many blue-chip corporate sponsors and agencies responsible for innovative and ground-breaking activation initiatives.


Students are taught by some of the best business professors in the United States. SMU’s Cox School of Business is ranked among the top business schools in the country by leading business publications. With more than 100 years of industry experience, sport management faculty in the Simmons School provide a valuable perspective and are connected to a vast network of sports business contacts rarely found in traditional sport management programs.

The Curriculum

The program’s 17 sequenced courses are delivered over one year in four 8-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.