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 Graduate Final Exam or 2.) Thesis.
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The following admission requirements are for applicants applying for terms starting on or after July 1, 2020.
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.
The Master’s Program in Sport Management does not require the GRE/GMAT examination test scores as part of the application process for both thesis and non-thesis tracks.
Applications are evaluated individually by a faculty review committee. Admission to the program will be based upon the following criteria:
Any specific questions regarding the application process should be directed to the graduate coordinator: SPMgrad@hhp.ufl.edu
>>Application instructions can be found here.
(36 credit hours)
(30 credit hours)
|The Non-Thesis program is 36 credit hours with the completion of the Graduate Final Exam, 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.
Research Core (6 credits)
Required Courses (15 credits)
Electives (15 credits)
Students will work with their advisor to determine the best fitting elective coursework to apply towards a program of study.
Research Core (9 credits)
Required Courses (15 credits)
Thesis (6 credits)
Graduate Program Guidelines
Below are some important guidelines and information necessary for completing your Master's Degree in the Department of Sport Management. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor or Graduate Coordinator.
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 SPM 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 SPM 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.
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
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.
All work (including transferred credit) counted toward the master’s degree must be completed within 7 years before the degree is awarded.
Any student who will not register at UF for a period of more than two semesters 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.
To register for independent study, internship, or supervised research courses, students must complete and submit a SPM Special Course Registration Form or Internship Proposal Packet to their advisor for approval, and then to the Graduate Program Assistant for processing.
The Department of 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 SPM 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 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 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 Graduate Final Exam
In their final semester, students on the non-thesis track will submit a Graduate Final Exam that consists of key projects from five of the core courses in the degree program as well as a professional portfolio. The goal of the graduate final exam are to:
NOTE: Students must defend their Thesis during their last 2 semesters of study.
Engagement, Industry Outreach and the Training Room : Obtaining employment in the sport industry requires an intentional effort. The University of Florida Department of Sport Management provides opportunities both on and off campus in order to network and build meaningful relationships with alumni and industry professionals while seeking your degree.
Engaged learning and outreach opportunities are shared through Canvas (e-learning platform) and social media. Every UF SPM student is provided access to a course called SPM Engaged Learning and Outreach (Public version) upon entry into the program. This platform will provide you with industry news, job posting sites, insights from industry professionals, tools to craft your narrative, and a listing of previous students’ internship locations.
Additionally, a second platform is available on Canvas exclusively for UF SPM graduate students called The Training Room. The Training Room is specifically designed for graduate students to serve as a resource for career planning.
This is an evolving platform that currently outlines requirements to conduct one-on-one or group discussions with the Director of Engaged Learning and Outreach, identify career goals and establish relevant career counseling from an industry professional, and will assist with establishing the next steps as you enter your chosen profession.
For more information about engaged learning and outreach opportunities, contact Brian D. Avery, the Director of Engaged Learning & Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who pursue careers in Sport Management have a variety of options. Among the most popular career opportunities are:
For more information about career opportunities in Sport Management, please schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor or visit the UF Career Connections Center. Please take some time to explore and consider your next steps based on your progress in the program.