BS Sport Management
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
• 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 STAT 250: Introductory Statistics I (3 credits) or EDRS 220: Introduction to Applied Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)
Global 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)
- SPMT 201: Introduction to Sport Management (3 credits)
- SPMT 241: Practicum (3 credits)
- SPMT 302: Philosophical and Ethical Dimensions of Sport (3 credits)
- SPMT 304: Sport, Culture, and Society (3 credits)
- SPMT 405: Sport Venues and Events (3 credits)
- SPMT 412: Sport Marketing and Sales (3 credits)
- SPMT 420: Economics and Finance in the Sport Industry (3 credits)
- SPMT 430: Sport Communication (3 credits)
- SPMT 440: Global Perspectives in Sport (3 credits)
- SPMT 455: Governance and Policy in Sport Organizations (3 credits)
- SPMT 462: Sport Business Law (3 credits) OR RMGT 460: Sport and Recreation Law (3 credits)
- SPMT 470: Strategic Management and Leadership in Sport Organizations (3 credits)
- SPMT 475: Sport Management Professional Development Seminar (3 credits)
- SPMT 490: Internship (12 credits)
- SRST 200: History of Sport and Leisure in America (3 credits)
- SRST 450: Research Methods (3 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.
Face to face format, primarily on the Fairfax campus, with expected completion taking four years.
- 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.
Prospective Mason students can visit the How to Apply page for more information about submitting an application.
Learn about submission deadlines and admissions requirements using the links below:
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
|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||$583.40 - $808.40|
|Total cost for non-Virginia residents per credit||$1,590.25 - $1,815.25|
|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.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
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:
Ms. Michelle Séki
Fairfax Campus: Krug Hall, Suite 213
To schedule an appointment: https://gmu.campus.eab.com/pal/6Kh5DLqsxM
Learn more about Michelle, and her work advising students, here.
Last name beginning with G-Z:
Fairfax Campus: Krug Hall, Suite 213
To schedule an appointment: https://gmu.campus.eab.com/pal/KydzU9mnsd
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!
The 2022-23 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.
Internship Information and Forms (SPMT 490)
- Sport Management Internship Appendix 1 - Instructions
- Sport Management Internship Appendix 2 - Eligibilty
- Sport Management Internship Appendix 3 - Checklist
- Sport Management Internship Appendix 4 - Site Confirmation
- Sport Management Internship Appendix 5 - Remote Fieldwork Consideration
- Sport Management Internship Appendix 6 - Experiential Learning Agreement
- Sport Management Internship Appendix 7 - Weekly Progress Report
- Sport Management Internship Appendix 8 - Special Project Proposal
- Sport Management Internship Appendix 9 - Performance Evaluation Midpoint Final
- Sport Management Internship Appendix 10 - Internship Presentation Guidelines