M.S. in Sport Management

The Master of Science in Sport Management is designed by UF’s expert faculty to reflect the latest advances in the field of sport, presenting an equally theoretical and practical approach to skills and knowledge critical to success in the industry. Students can choose between two options: 1.) Non-Thesis with Capstone Project or 2.) Thesis.

Upon completion, students will be able to competently:

  • Introduce advanced concepts of planning, organizing, leading and evaluating organizational goals to sport organizations
  • Develop financial strategies and evaluate budgets and sources of revenues and expenses relevant to sport organizations
  • Apply fundamental marketing concepts to the sport industry, create marketing plans, evaluate market segments, and predict consumer behavior
  • Explain and judge fundamental legal concepts relevant to tort, contract, and constitutional law, and how they apply to the sport management field
  • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of sport management at an advanced level
  • Explain the internal and external factors that influence and shape sport
  • Use qualitative and quantitative analysis through formal and informal assessment strategies
>> You can also earn a MS in Sport Management through our Online Learning program, click here to learn more.

Admissions Requirements

  • A recognized baccalaureate, graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. 
  • A minimum grade point average of B (3.0), calculated from all grades and credits after the semester where the applicant reached 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours.
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Applications are evaluated individually by a faculty review committee. Admission to the program will be based upon the following criteria:

  • GRE score, undergraduate grade point average, TOEFL score (if applicable)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Compatibility of applicant’s education, experience and research interest with the mission of the program

Any specific questions regarding the application process should be directed to the graduate coordinator: TRSMGRAD@hhp.ufl.edu

>>Application instructions can be found here.


Curriculum

Non-Thesis Track

(36 credit hours)

Thesis Track

(30 credit hours)

The Non-Thesis program is 36 credit hours with the completion of a Capstone Project, which serves as the exit requirement for the Sport Management degree. This project is the final step in the degree process and must be completed during their last 2 semesters of study.

The Thesis Program is 30 credit hours and each master’s thesis candidate must prepare and present a thesis that shows independent investigation and that is acceptable in form and content to the supervisory committee and to the Graduate School. The work must be of publishable quality and must be in a form suitable for publication, using the Graduate School’s format requirements.

Curriculum

Research Core (6 credits)

  • HLP 6515 Evaluation Procedures in Health and Human Performance (3)
  • HLP 6535 Research Methods in Health and Human Performance (3)

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • SPM 5016 Sport Sociology (3)
  • SPM 5309 Sport Marketing (3)
  • SPM 5506 Sport Finance (3)
  • SPM 6158 Management and Leadership in Sport (3)
  • SPM 6726 Issues in Sport Law (3)

Electives (15 credits)

Students will work with their advisor to determine the best fitting elective coursework to apply towards a program of study.

Curriculum

Research Core (9 credits)

  • HLP 6515 Evaluation Procedures in Health and Human Performance (3)
  • HLP 6535 Research Methods in Health and Human Performance (3)
  • Research Course Approved by Supervisory Committee (3)

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • SPM 5016 Sport Sociology (3)
  • SPM 5309 Sport Marketing (3)
  • SPM 5506 Sport Finance (3)
  • SPM 6158 Management and Leadership in Sport (3)
  • SPM 6726 Issues in Sport Law (3)

Thesis (6 credits)

  • SPM 6971 Masters Research (6)

Graduate Faculty

Sport Management


Graduate Program Guidelines

Below are some important guidelines and information necessary for completing your Master's Degree in the Department of Tourism, Recration & Sport Management. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor or Graduate Coordinator.

Kyriaki Kaplanidou, Ph.D. | kkaplanidou@hhp.ufl.edu
Associate Professor; Graduate Coordinator

Amanda Cluxton | amandacluxton@ufl.edu
Graduate Program Assistant; Undergraduate Academic Advisor


Non-thesis Elective Coursework

The student and advisor select elective coursework based on the student’s career or research interests. Projects relating to interest areas can be completed as non-lecture coursework. Coursework taken outside of the TRSM department must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Undergraduate courses (1000-2000) may not be used as any part of graduate degree requirements. All 1000- and 2000- level courses may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis to enhance one’s background knowledge, if enrolled as a graduate student, but do not count towards the credits needed for an MS degree.

Six credits of upper level undergraduate courses (3000-4000) outside the TRSM department may count when taken as part of an approved graduate program. Consult your Academic Advisor/Committee Chair before registering to determine if the proposed course is acceptable to your degree plan. Enrollment without approval may result in the course being evaluated as inadequate to count towards the MS degree.


Advisors and Supervisory Committee

The Graduate Coordinator will assign the student to a graduate faculty advisor prior to his/her first semester of enrollment. The student has until the end of the first semester of enrollment to select a different supervisory committee chair if desired. There must be a minimum of three supervisory committee members for thesis students and a minimum of two committee members for non-thesis master students (this includes the supervisory committee chair).  Note that each member must hold graduate faculty status. It is strongly recommended that the supervisory committee members be selected by the end of the first semester of enrollment. However, in no case shall they be selected later than the end of the second semester of enrollment.

If the student selects the thesis option, one supervisory committee member must be from outside the student’s major department. If the student selects a minor, one supervisory committee member must be from the minor department.  If the student desires to change his/her supervisory committee chair or members, he/she must petition to the department graduate committee, who makes a recommendation to the Department Chair for final approval.

Minimum Committee Member Requirements


Transfer of Credit

Only graduate-level (5000-7999) work with a letter grade of B or better is eligible for transfer of credit. A maximum of 15 transfer credits are allowed. This total can include no more than 9 credits from institutions approved by UF, with the balance obtained from post-baccalaureate work at the University of Florida. Credits transferred from other universities are applied toward the degree requirements, but grades earned are not computed in the student’s grade point average. Acceptance of transfer of credit requires approval of the student’s supervisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Petitions for transfer of credit for a master’s degree must be made during the student’s first term of enrollment in the Graduate School.

The supervisory committee is responsible for using established criteria to ensure the academic integrity of coursework before accepting graduate transfer credits.


Time Limitation

All work (including transferred credit) counted toward the master’s degree must be completed within 7 years before the degree is awarded.


Leave of absence

Any student who will not register at UF for a period of more than one semester needs prior written approval from the supervisory committee chair for a leave of absence for a designated period of time. This approval remains in the student’s departmental file. The Graduate School does not require notification. The student must reapply for admission upon return.


Non-lecture coursework

To register for independent study, internship, or supervised research courses, students must complete and submit a TRSM Special Course Registration Form or Internship Registration Packet to their advisor for approval, and then to the Graduate Program Assistant for processing.

Practicum - SPM6948

  • Every 48 clock hours = 1 credit hour of coursework
  • Registration credits vary from 1-3 credits with a maximum of 6 credits
  • The student’s supervisory committee chair/advisor will assist with the practicum placement and serve as the university practicum supervisor
  • Registration Packet: SPM 6947/6948

Internship - SPM6947

  • Every 48 clock hours of internship = 1 credit hour of coursework
  • Registration credits vary from 3-9 credits with a maximum of 9 credits
  • The student’s supervisory committee chair/advisor will assist with the internship placement and serve as the university internship supervisor
  • Registration Packet: SPM 6947/6948

Concurrent Degree Programs

The Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management is able to develop a concurrent plan with several other programs on campus. The purpose of a “concurrent” program is to allow students to pursue more than one graduate degree at the same time, with the opportunity to share credits. We strongly prefer our concurrent degree students to take at least 1-2 TRSM classes each semester or alternate semesters.

Any student interested in pursuing two master’s degrees in two different programs or two master’s degrees in the same program concurrently should discuss the proposed study with Graduate Student Records before applying. Written approval is needed from each academic unit and the Graduate School Dean. The student must be officially admitted to both programs through regular procedures. No more than 9 credits from the first program may be applied toward the second.


Joint Degree - Juris Doctor/M.S. Sport Management

The Joint Degrees Program is a credit-sharing arrangement that allows qualified students to combine their legal studies with graduate work, resulting in two degrees earned in a reduced amount of time. Candidates must take both the LSAT and the GRE, and apply for and gain admission to both the Levin College of Law and the Graduate School. Enrollment in one program may precede enrollment in the other according to timelines set by the programs.

The faculties of the College of Law and the College of Health and Human Performance have prepared a joint degree program culminating in both a Juris Doctor degree, awarded by the College of Law, and a Master of Science in Sport Management, awarded by the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management. Under this joint degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in approximately one year less than doing both programs sequentially, if both degree programs are pursued simultaneously. Students need to propose and obtain approval (from both programs of study) to share 12 of the same credits, to count towards both individual program degree plans of study.


Non-thesis Capstone Project

The purpose of the Capstone Project is threefold:

  • Documents that the student is able to take newly acquired knowledge and skills and apply them to professional practice
  • Helps the student understand their weaknesses and strengths when seeking employment
  • Prepares the student in organizing information that will help them in seeking employment by effectively promoting themselves
  • Should be completed during final semester of study

Thesis Procedures

  • The student develops a prospectus.
  • The supervisory committee chair approves the prospectus.
  • The student works with his/her advisor to select the additional supervisory committee members.
  • The student writes the first three chapters (Introduction, Review of Literature, and Methods) and presents the proposal in a public forum.
  • The student completes and defends the thesis in a public forum.
  • All forms must be completed and submitted per the university’s schedule.

NOTE: Students must defend their Thesis during their last 2 semesters of study.


TRSM Graduate Student Forms