School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management - George Mason University
Opportunities abound in the $490+ billion sports industry, and a BS in sport management equips students with the skills needed to succeed in areas such as sales, marketing, public relations, operations, facilities, sports media and event management.

The sport management course work prepares students in topics including sport marketing, finance, ethics, law, operations, event planning, management and leadership. Students are also required to complete both a practicum and internship before graduation, giving them real-world experience and connections in sports-rich metropolitan Washington, D.C., which boasts twelve major and minor league professional sports teams and seven Division I universities.

Graduates of our program have gone on to work in media relations, marketing, sales, alumni development, and coaching positions throughout the country, including for the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Washington Football Team, New York Knicks, D.C. United, United States Tennis Association, Duke University Athletics, New York Mets, Monumental Sports Entertainment, and more.


More about the Program

The Sport Management Program at George Mason University seeks to prepare reflective, principled, and knowledgeable graduates with professional skill sets that enhance their success in the $490+ billion sport sector. Serving one of the nation’s most diverse student populations, this dynamic, growing program is committed to excellence and seeks to develop students’ professional knowledge and dispositions through a curriculum guided by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) content standards. An integral part of the curriculum is the opportunity for field experiences in sport settings in the Northern Virginia region, metropolitan Washington, D.C., and throughout the world.

Careers in Sport Management

• general manager
• athletic director
• coach
• league commissioner
• foundation director
• sport marketer
• external relations
• ticket sales
• community relations
• sports information/media relations
• sports broadcasting
• events manager
• facilities manager
• academic advisor
• compliance officer
• sports agent

Mason Core Requirements (37 credits)

Written communication (6)
Oral communication (3)
Information technology (3)
Quantitative reasoning (3) Must take STAT250 or EDRS220
Literature (3)
Arts (3)
Western civilization/World History (3)
Social and behavioral science (3)
Global understanding (3)
Natural science (3)
Writing-Intensive, met by by SRST 450: Research Methods (3 credits), a program requirement
Synthesis/Capstone, met by SPMT 490: Internship (12 credits), a program requirement

Professional Sequence (57 credits)

Guided Electives (9 credits)

Choose 9 credits from the following:

  • SPMT or SRST prefix courses

Electives (17 credits)

Choose an additional 17 credits from any course.
Total: 120 credits

Consult the current George Mason University catalog for descriptions of courses and degree requirements. Students will be cleared for graduation using the degree requirements for the catalog year they matriculated into the SPMT concentration.

Program Format

Face to face format, primarily on the Fairfax campus, with expected completion taking four years.

Application Deadlines


  • Non-Binding Early Action Deadline: November 1
  • Regular Decision Deadline: January 15


  • Fall Priority Deadline: March 1
  • Spring Priority Deadline: October 1

For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.

Application Requirements

Prospective Mason students can visit the How to Apply page for more information about submitting an application.

Admissions Requirements

Learn about submission deadlines and admissions requirements using the links below:

Tuition (2021-22)

Virginia Resident $396.25
$546.50 with MSF*
Non-Virginia Resident $1,373.75
$1,524.00 with MSF*
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF) $150.25
CEHD Course Fee
($25/credit with higher per credit or flat course fees for internship and select ATEP, PRLS, and RECR courses)
$25.00 - $250.00
Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit $571.50 - $796.50
Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit $1,549.00 - $1,774.00
Undergraduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
$350 | $275 for transfer students

Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.


All current and prospective Sport Management concentration students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor.

Last name beginning with A-F:

Academic Advisor

Ms. Michelle Séki
Phone: 703-993-5200
Fairfax Campus: Krug Hall, Suite 213 (virtual for Fall 2021)

To schedule an appointment:

Learn more about Michelle, and her work advising students, here.

Last name beginning with G-Z:

Academic Advisor

Stormi Woltz
Phone: 703-993-5261
Fairfax Campus: Krug Hall, Suite 213

Scheduling an Appointment: Instructions

Students may schedule appointments up to two weeks in advance. If no appointments are available, please continue to check as new times open up.

  • If you are 10 minutes late, your appointment may be canceled. Please make sure you are **aware of the time** when scheduling an appointment.

If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so through NavigateMason as soon as possible (24 hours minimum notice appreciated) so we may offer that time to another student.
All appointments will follow the University procedures for delays/cancellations due to weather or other emergencies!

Advising Sheet

The 2021-22 Sport Management BS Advising Sheet is a helpful tool for monitoring progress throughout the academic program. Mason Core requirements, details of coursework, and coursework sequencing necessary for completion of the SPMT program are included. 



Current students should visit MyMason for important forms and documents.

Sport Management

If you're interested in more than two programs or aren't sure which program to select, just choose the most relevant and we can discuss your options with you.