The Master of Arts in Sport Management can be completed in two years (if a student takes nine credit hours per semester).

Program Highlights

Flexible Format

  • In-person, hybrid, and online options
  • Full- or part-time available
  • Adrian College undergraduate students can take credit hours towards the master's degree before they earn their bachelor’s degree

36 credit hours

No GMAT/GRE Required

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Arts in Sport Management is awarded to students who have completed the 36 required credit hours. Additionally, a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required to continue in each program. Please review the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy in the Graduate Catalog for information regarding good academic standing.

Program Objectives

In the program, students receive an education that is immediately applicable to sport management careers yet still driven by advances in theory. This program at Adrian College’s School of Graduate Studies is the best option for students interested in being a leader who can critically analyze complex problems and use theory and research to identify and solve issues for sport organizations.

This program provides stimulating learning experiences to future leaders in the sport industry. Students will acquire an understanding of profits as well as people, learning to function as change-leaders in their teams or organizations. Our instructors are scholars with real industry experience.

Most courses include internships, assistantships, and class projects that require students to investigate a problem and attempt to solve it through critical thinking. Graduates are able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current problems, trends, and issues in sport management in general and, specifically, in niche sport markets.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the core concepts of the socio-psychological and marketing aspects of sport and specific facets such as promotions, public relations, advertising, and sales, as they relate primarily to niche areas of the sport industry.
  • Demonstrate ability to transfer theoretical knowledge into a practical application environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to create a marketing plan.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of administration and leadership of sport facilities and events.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of communication and relationship in relation to leadership.
  • Understand and describe the need for continuing research in sport management.



Adrian College Undergraduates
Adrian College undergraduate students are eligible for provisional admission if they have earned a minimum of 90 credit hours and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.

Prospective Graduate Students with Bachelor’s Degrees
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher education institution are eligible for admission if they have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.

Application Process

External applicants interested in the Sport Management master’s program should apply during the semester before they wish to begin taking courses. Internal applicants who are interested in participating in the 4+1 Sport Management program should apply during the second semester of their junior year. Applications are taken on a rolling basis but should be submitted by one month before the start of the semester in which the student wishes to begin taking courses.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application
  • Official final transcripts (unofficial copy accepted for Adrian College applicants)
  • Statement of Purpose detailing why you are seeking admission and how you would be successful in the program
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited higher education institution

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