Program Description

The BS in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, with a concentration in Sport Management, enhances the professional development of liberal arts-educated students, thereby preparing them to assume entry-level managerial positions in the multi-billion dollar sport industry, including private enterprises, government or public employment sectors, nonprofit or voluntary agencies, and commercial sport ventures. Preparation in sport marketing, sales, finance, ethics, sport communications, economics, law, operations, planning, and program leadership fosters the skills that enhance students’ acquisition and advancement in sport management careers. An integral part of the program is the opportunity to complete two field experiences in sport organizations: a part-time practicum and a full-time internship.

What it costs

The cost is $510.50 per credit hour for VA state residents or $1,487.75 per credit hour for out-of-state students, plus a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

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Program Summary

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Program: Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, Sport Management Concentration (BS)

Concentration: Sport Management

Degree: BS

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 120 total

Who should apply?

Sport Management focuses on the preparation of professionals qualified to operated sport organizations, private enterprises, government of public employment settings, non-profit or voluntary agencies, and commercial ventures.

Professional preparation develops capable sport management specialists able to apply creative communication, leadership, and managerial skills in an array of positions in the sport industry, including sales, marketing, public relations, operations, facilities, and event management.

Sport Management has developed rapidly as a field of study, and with it, the number of professional preparation programs has grown. However, competition for available positions in the sport industry has undergone comparable growth. Therefore, quality professional preparation in sport management is essential as a competitive advantage in the employment marketplace.

Why choose George Mason?

  • The university has emerged in the last decade as one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the state and the nation. The Sport Management program at George Mason University reflects this ongoing commitment to excellence.
  • Our Sport Management program serves one of the nation’s most diverse student populations.
  • The program seeks to develop students’ professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions through a curriculum guided by North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) content standards.
  • An integral part of the Sport Management curriculum includes vast opportunities for multiple field experiences in sport settings in the Northern Virginia region, the greater DC metro area, and throughout the world.

Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Transfer credits are accepted for many general education (Mason Core) courses that have been completed at a regionally-accredited institution of higher education. Please use the Transfer Search Engine to check course equivalency.

Requirements: 120 credits total

  • 57 credits concentration courses
  • 37 credits Mason Core courses
  • 9 credits guided electives
  • 17 credits additional electives

In addition to George Mason University Mason Core requirements, the Sport Management concentration includes 66 credit hours of required courses based upon the NASSM content standards for Sport Management. The additional 17 credit hours of elective course credits allow students to incorporate one of any number of minor programs that may enhance their professional preparation.

Concentration Requirements (57 credits)

  • SPMT 201: Introduction to Sport Management (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 241: Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 302: Philosophical and Ethical Dimensions of Sport (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 304: Sport, Culture, and Society (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 405: Sport Venues and Events (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 412: Sport Marketing and Sales (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 420: Economics and Finance in the Sport Industry (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 430: Sport Communication (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 440: Global Perspectives in Sport (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 455: Governance and Policy in Sport Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 462: Sport Business Law (3 credit hours) OR PRLS 460: Sport and Recreation Law (credit hours)
  • SPMT 470 Strategic Management and Leadership in Sport Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 475: Sport Management Professional Development Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • SPMT 490: Internship (12 credit hours) (Must register for 12 credits)
  • SRST 200: History of Sport and Leisure in America (3 credit hours)
  • SRST 450: Research Methods (3 credit hours)

Guided Elective Requirements (9 credits)

Choose 9 credits from the following:

 

Tuition (2018-2019)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$510.50
Non-Virginia Resident$1,487.75
Distance Education Fee$35
Education Resource Fee$60 - $100 (per semester)

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on how to apply to scholarships, see the Mason Scholarship page.

For information on other loans, scholarships, and other types of financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Sport Management is an exciting field to work in because it offers a wide variety of career options and paths. It can be lucrative and exciting but it is also hard work. It is an industry with a bright employment outlook and one where a willingness to work hard can lead to bigger and better opportunities.

Well-trained, capable professionals enjoy careers in the sport industry that are as varied as the industry itself. Opportunities exist in private enterprises and commercial ventures including professional teams and leagues, sport agencies specializing in sport marketing, sponsorship, athlete representation, and venue and event management; also, in government or public employment settings, including community, interscholastic or intercollegiate sport; and, in non- profit or voluntary agencies, including amateur sports organizations, federations, conferences, and associations.

Sample Positions in Sports Management

  • General Manager
  • Athletic Director
  • League Commissioner
  • Foundation Director
  • Sport Marketer
  • External Relations
  • Ticket Sales
  • Community Relations
  • Sports Information
  • Events Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Academic Advisor
  • Compliance Officer
  • Sports Agent

Sport Management Job Sites

All Mason students have access to career guidance and resources through our University Career Services liaison. Assistance is available in:

  • Career research and decision-making
  • Internships, co-op, and part-time employment
  • Job search or graduate school preparation
USEFUL RESOURCES 
Online Program ContactCraig R. Esherick
Phone: (703) 993-9922
Email: cesheric@gmu.edu
Academic AdvisingPhone: (703) 993-2060
Email: gradrht@gmu.edu
Program Websitehttps://rht.gmu.edu/sport-management//

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