School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management - George Mason University
Offered jointly with the Department of Communication, the sport communication minor gives students a chance to analyze sports from a cross-cultural perspective and provides a foundation for those looking for careers in sport management and sports media.

In addition to the knowledge gained through their course work, students gain valuable experience through internships with partners such as Mason’s Athletic Communications Office and professional sports teams, including the Washington Wizards, D.C. United, and the Washington Football Team. Several students have even had the unique opportunity to serve weeklong public relations internships at the Super Bowl. Many graduates have worked in media relations for professional and collegiate sports organizations, while others have taken their versatile skill sets beyond the sport landscape to communication positions at corporations such as Northrup Grumman, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), and the Lupus Foundation of America.


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 Communication

• media relations
• sports broadcasting
• sportswriter
• public relations and community relations
• sports information director

Sport Media Opportunities on Mason's Campus

Required Courses (12 credits)

Elective Courses (6 credits) chosen from:

Special topics courses, when relevant, may be used to fulfill this requirement with the prior written approval of the director. Depending on which courses students took as a required course (above), they may use either SPMT 201 or SPMT 304 as an elective. COMM majors are required to take one elective SPMT course.

Total: 18 credits

Program Format

Face to face on the Fairfax campus, with degree completion set for 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

Current Mason undergraduate students should contact their advisor about adding a minor. Students may need to fill out the Minor Declaration form from the Registrar's Office website.

Admissions Requirements

Current Mason undergraduate students should contact their advisor about adding a minor. Students may need to fill out the Minor Declaration form from the Registrar's Office website.

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.


Academic Advisor

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



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.