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Why ODU for Sport Management?

ODU's sport management degree will provide you with the sports business knowledge and experience you'll need to get into the game and on your way to a challenging and rewarding career.

You'll expand on previous undergraduate education and develop the ability to:

  • Apply theory to practice in sport management settings
  • Use critical thinking skills to solve problems
  • Conduct research and analyze data
  • Employ management and financial principles to achieve organizational objectives
  • Implement marketing strategies and tactics to meet the needs and wants of sport consumers
  • Plan events and operate sport facilities
  • Manage sport organizations in accordance with legal and ethical standards
  • Utilize existing and emerging technologies in the field of sport management

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Most Affordable Online College for Master's in Sports Management, 2019 - OnlineU.org

Required Courses

  • 36 credit hours, including a capstone initiative

You will complete six required courses and select four Sport Management electives.

You can choose from two capstone options: 1) Internship or 2) Thesis. In the first option, you will take the comprehensive exam when your coursework is complete but prior to starting the industry-related capstone experience.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Sport Management

This program prepares students for careers in a wide variety of organizations in the sport industry, including:

  • Professional sports 
  • Collegiate athletics 
  • Event and facility operations 
  • Corporate sport management and marketing firms 
  • Community recreation and leisure agencies
  • Non-profit sport organizations 
  • Health and fitness industries 
  • Military MWR programs 
  • Intramural sports and recreation

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$523 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$568 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2018 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

To apply to this graduate program, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or the international equivalent. An application checklist and details are available on the Department of Human Movement Sciences webpage. All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Contact Dr. Lamar Reams, Graduate Program Coordinator for Sport Management, at lreams@odu.edu or 757-683-3905.

Want to get started now?

You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.