International Sport Management Graduate Certificate
Explore the $490+ billion sports sector from an international perspective.
This certificate offers students the opportunity to develop skills for management of international sport enterprises and organizations, such as FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, Nike, global sport media, international events, international development agencies, and global marketing entities. Systems for administration and coordination across the globe are examined through a focus on core concerns of governance and policy. Requisite skills for managing and marketing sport globally are cultivated.
Work with faculty that have lived and worked internationally and bring an in-depth understanding of global sport and the relationships among national and international sport organizations to the classroom. Get involved with ongoing projects and research examining issues, policies, and practices of sport internationally.
More about the Program
This certificate prepares students to contribute to the global sports community. Students develop leadership skills, engage in intercultural activities, and build their network of sport professionals. The 15 credit certificate requires 3 course (9 credits) and provides students with the flexibility to tailor the additional courses (6 credits).
Required Courses (9 credits)
- SPMT 551: Sport in the Global Marketplace (3 credits)
- SPMT 613: Strategic Leadership in Sport Organizations (3 credits)
- SPMT 620: Ethical Issues in Global Sport (3 credits)
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Select two courses from the following:
- SPMT 555: The Australian Model of Sport (3 credits)
- SPMT 556: The Global Soccer Industry (3 credits)
- SPMT 651: Sport and International Development (3 credits)
- SPMT 652: Governance and Policy in International Sport (3 credits)
- Other SPMT graduate courses with advisor approval
- Other SRST graduate courses with advisor approval
- Other RMGT graduate courses with advisor approval
Total: 15 credits
Face to face on Mason’s Fairfax campus; can be completely on its own or in combination with a master’s program.
(classes starting in August)
(classes starting in January)
(classes starting in May, June, or July)
Priority*: April 1
Space Available: August 1
Priority*: November 1
Space Available: January 4
Priority*: February 1
Space Available: May 1
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
All application materials must be submitted through Mason’s online graduate application. In addition to meeting general university admissions requirements, applicants will need to provide the requirements below. Please review the FAQ page for more information.
To be considered for graduate studies, the following items are evaluated during the admission review process:
- Graduate application and fee
- 750- to 1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
- Current resume
- Two letters of recommendation: Applicants should follow the instructions included in the online application to submit the recommendation forms directly to their recommenders. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature.
- Transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the United States. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions information page for specific requirements regarding uploading unofficial transcripts.
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside of the United States could have additional requirements. Please refer to the How To Apply page for specific requirements about submitting international transcripts, evaluations, and English language proficiency.
Admission to graduate programs at George Mason University is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic backgrounds, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program. Faculty admissions review is a holistic review of requirements as well as the applicant’s potential academic and professional success upon completion of the program.
At a minimum all admitted students must have:
- An earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the graduate admissions policy for more information.
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. The university, at its discretion, may additionally consider the difficulty of the baccalaureate degree, relevant work experience, and/or other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study when evaluating the GPA requirement.
- International students should reference Admission of International Students for additional requirements.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,431.00)
|VA Resident and PreK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$589.26
|CEHD Course Fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$718.25 - $777.25|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$918.25 - $977.25|
|Total cost for VA Resident and PreK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*||$614.26 - $673.26|
|Graduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
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.