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Preparing Graduates for Careers as Leaders in the Sport Industry

As the sport industry expands globally, the field is increasingly in need of qualified leaders with business ability and industry-knowledge to plan, design, implement, and evaluate sport and recreation programs and organizations.

Drexel's accredited Master's in Sports Management gives students the experience necessary to apply innovative solutions to the most challenging problems in the sport management field.

Graduates are expected to serve as leaders in their chosen area of interest by incorporating various management and theoretical perspectives acquired through Drexel's multidisciplinary training and to influential posts in sporting companies and organizations.

Students in the M.S. in Sport Management accredited program will expand upon previous undergraduate education and develop the ability to:

  • Apply the fundamentals of business to sport management.
  • Integrate principles of management to organize people and resources to succeed in the sport industry.
  • Apply knowledge of law and labor relations to the sport industry and agency.
  • Use existing and emerging technologies in the sport management field.
  • Forecast new developments and adapt to the rapidly changing sports environment.
  • Creatively direct the economic contributions that sports offer to individuals, organizations, and the community.
  • Effectively organize, evaluate, improve, and utilize new innovations in the sport industry.
  • Utilize the knowledge and skills learned through the accredited MS program to produce an in-depth research project or thesis, which will serve to advance the study of sport management.

Also available - Graduate Certificate in NCAA Compliance and Sports Law from the Drexel University School of Law.

The Drexel Difference  

Practitioner Faculty: Learn from those who know the industry first-hand. As active professionals in the sport industry, our full-time and adjunct faculty members bring a wealth of past and current experience to the classroom giving students unique opportunities to learn about the sport industry from experienced professionals.

Experiential Learning: Whether it's a tour of Lincoln Financial Field, a lecture at Citizen's Bank Ballpark by Philadelphia Phillies President David Montgomery, a trip to the local YMCA, or a Drexel co-op position with the Philadelphia Flyers, it's all about the experience. Drexel's Sports Management degree online incorporates classroom learning with real-world know-how to give students an integrated and experiential learning environment.

Sports Business Curriculum: Sports are big business and our Sport Management program is centered on that business.  The sport industry is unique, however, and it's not always business as usual.  Drexel's curriculum prepares students for a sport management career through fundamental business principles and their application to the sport industry.

Philadelphia Sports: There's no better city to be a sports fan than Philadelphia! Philadelphia is one of a small handful of cities with a professional franchise in all four major league sports. Rich in professional and collegiate athletic history, Philadelphia is also home to a number of top sport management agencies and businesses, making it an excellent environment to study the sport industry.

Global Connections: Sport is a common denominator in the global village and Drexel's online sports management degree program facilitates global learning and research through developing student learning opportunities that reach far beyond the Philadelphia city limits and into international borders. Drexel Sport Management has created a competitive global playing field for its students by exploring the international sport community.

"If you're looking for a Sport Management degree, there is no way I would recommend anyone else but Drexel University Online"

-Dwight Thomas, MS Sport Management Graduate 2010


The online Master's in Sport Management curriculum provides an integrated education experience focused on developing the ability to manage sport and recreation programs. Drexel's accredited program teaches students to create solutions to some of the sport industry's most challenging problems. Taught by a faculty of professional coaches, scouts, trainers, and sport administrators, the online program is divided into three segments:

  • Core/Foundation courses – Learn about key principles of sport management in relation to law, marketing, public relations, economics, media and technology as they relate to the sport industry. All courses can be completed online.
  • Summer Residency – Students must participate in a week-long summer residency in Philadelphia after completing the core curriculum. This residency will bring students from the online sports management degree program together to take part in a workshop that includes a series of educational and work sessions intended to allow students to interact and learn through applied settings.
  • Project/Research Thesis – The last segment of the Sport Management curriculum is to utilize the knowledge and skills learned through the MS program to produce an in-depth research project or thesis, which will serve to advance the study of sport management.

This program can be completed on a part-time basis in as little as two years.  View the entire curriculum for our master in sport management.

Industry Opportunities

Opportunities for sport management graduates have never been more diverse or challenging. The MS in Sport Management program prepares students for careers in a wide spectrum of organizations in the sport industry, including:

  • Professional sports
  • Collegiate athletics
  • Corporate sport marketing, public relations and sponsorship firms
  • Recreation, community and leisure industries
  • Sport agencies
  • Health and fitness industries

Students will be poised to pursue and enjoy a variety of positions I these industries as athletic directors, head coaches, general managers, marketing directors, sports agents, fitness managers, community center directors, facility/operations managers, corporate sponsorship directors, ticket managers, and public relations/communications directors.

Master's in Sport Management key program features and benefits:

Quality: Fully accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education— add the Drexel name to your resume. Drexel's highly-ranked progam is taught by a distinguished faculty who bring practical and current experience to the classroom.

  • Career-Oriented: Provides a solid foundation in leadership, management, and marketing. This experience can be used to continue education in doctoral programs in sport management, sport psychology, or other related fields.
  • Affordable: Special tuition rates apply for employees of partnering corporations and members of partner professional associations.
  • Flexible:  Students can complete the Sport Management program at a pace that fits into their lifestyle, taking as little as one course per term up to a full time credit load (9 or more credits per quarter). 

Interested in learning more?  If you have questions, please call 877-215-0009.

Interested in earning the degree on-campus?  Learn more about the on-campus MS in Sport Management program.

Interested in taking a few courses without committing to the full degree program?  Select the Graduate Non-Matriculated - Center for Hospitality and Sport Management option when completing the online application.


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