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School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management - George Mason University

MS Sport and Recreation Studies - Sport Management Concentration

The sport management concentration equips students with the skills needed to succeed in the $490 billion sport industry. Whether you’re shifting careers or enhancing your existing skills, the sport management concentration prepares you to take on a leadership role in the industry.

Foundational coursework in core management, marketing, finance, law, facility and event operations, and leadership combined with flexible elective and capstone opportunities positions you for a career with private for-profit, nonprofit, and public sector sport organizations.

Students gain real-world experience thanks to our proximity and connections to sports-rich Washington, D.C., which boasts seven professional sports teams a half-dozen Division I universities, numerous sport facilities, and a vibrant sport events industry. Small classes with award-winning leaders in the field provide individualized attention and career ready graduates.

Graduates boast jobs in media relations, marketing, sales, alumni development, and coaching throughout the country, including with teams in the NFL, NHL, NBA, WNBA, MLS, NWSL, university athletics departments, Monumental Sports Entertainment, national governing bodies, 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
• Olympic Sport Development
• Sport Marketer
• Sports Data Analyst
• Ticket Sales
• Community Relations
• Sports Information/Media Relations
• Sports Broadcasting
• Event Manager
• Facility Director
• Facilities Manager
• Academic Advisor
• Compliance Officer
• eSport Manager
• Sponsor Relations