Top schools for sports management

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Top schools for sports management
Top sports management schools give students access to industry leaders. (baseball in the grass image by Richard Kane from

Graduates of sports management programs include university athletic administrators, coaches, sports agents and professional sports employees. The best programs in the country give students the opportunity to gain real-world experience, employ faculty who have real-life experience and offer extensive career resources for students. The rankings of sports management programs in sports and business publications are generally uniform in identifying the best schools.

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University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Isenberg School of Management at UMass-Amherst has a highly regarded sport management program. Sports writer John Helyer gave it top marks in the Wall Street Journal and ESPN the Magazine in 2006. Founded in 1971, it is the second oldest sport management program in the country. Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students study in the department. Undergraduates must apply for admission into the department. Gaining admittance to the university is not a guarantee of acceptance into the sport management program. Undergraduates are encouraged to complete a semester-long internship in a sport organisation. In addition to a traditional master of science degree, graduate students can combine their studies with business classes and earn a joint M.S./master of business administration. Ph.D. students participate in an ongoing research seminar series with guest speakers from around the world.

Isenberg School of Management 121 Presidents Drive University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003 413-545-0471

University of Oregon

The Warsaw Sports Marketing Center is a part of the University of Oregon's highly ranked Lundquist College of Business. Students can earn an MBA, and faculty members are frequent guests on television segments about sports business. The school hosts a Women in Sports Business Symposium, bringing together and celebrating the achievements of female business leaders. Sports industry executives visit the school often for Warsaw's Executive Speaker Series and its Executive in Residence program. Admission into the program is competitive. Applicants must have a minimum of two years work experience, a 3.0 GPA and submit a GMAT score.

Warsaw Sports Marketing Center Lundquist College of Business 1208 University of Oregon Eugene, Oregon 97403-1208 541-346-3297

Ohio University

Ohio University's Department of Sports Administration is the oldest sports management program in the nation. Founded in 1966 by baseball legend Walter O'Malley, the school grants degrees to undergraduate and graduate students. The undergraduate program is one of the most popular departments on campus. Graduates have three study options: a standalone master of sports administration (MSA), a joint master of business administration/MSA or a juris doctor/MSA dual degree. The school also has a program for high school students with the Sports Business Academy, a weeklong program for teenagers. It exposes them to the field with classes taught by university professors and lectures from industry leaders, including NBA and MLB executives.

Ohio University Center for Sports Administration Grover E118 Athens, OH 45701 740-593-4666

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