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Master of Arts in Sport Management

The Citadel's Master of Arts in Sport Management program is designed to transform students' passion for sports into professional careers. The core curriculum explores the marketing and economic impact of sports on modern society. Students learn industry fundamentals as they pertain to sports law, marketing, promotion, public relations, finance, and economics. This sport management program can help you prepare for a high-level career with sports teams and agencies, event and facility management, parks and recreation agencies, intercollegiate and scholastic sports, sport equipment manufacturing companies, and sales.  A five-course graduate certificate in sport management is also offered at The Citadel.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Complete the online graduate application along with the appropriate non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit an official transcript of the baccalaureate degree and all other undergraduate or graduate work directly from each regionally accredited college or university. Students whose degrees are from colleges and universities outside the United States will be required to have their transcripts translated by one of several academic credential evaluation organizations recognized by the CGC office.
  3. Successfully complete either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have official scores sent directly to the CGC office. This test must be current within five years of application. Minimum acceptable score for the MAT is 396. Minimal acceptable GRE score is a combined verbal and quantitative score of 290. Applicants who score between 380-395 on the MAT, or between 283-289 on the GRE may apply for provisional status provided all other requirements have been met. A student with provisional status who completes 6 graduate semester hours in one semester and maintains a 3.5 grade point ratio will be classified as a regular degree- seeking student.
  4. Three signed letters of recommendation must be sent to the CGC office. These may be from faculty members of the applicant’s undergraduate institution and/or from associates in business, government, education, or military service.
  5. Submit a resume detailing previous work experience to the CGC office.
  6. Submit an official TOEFL score if your native language is not English. Minimum acceptable score is 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.

Program Requirements:

The program consists of thirty-nine (39) semester credit hours. Twenty (24) hours are derived from seven (7) required core courses. The balance of hours (15) may be taken from approved health, exercise, and sport science electives and a maximum of three (3) hours of free electives. Within the broad scope of courses offered, each program of study is individually structured to accommodate needs and interests of the student while assuring mastery of the discipline of sport management. Each student enrolled in this program is expected to integrate components of research, apply contemporary technological and/or computer expertise, and practice effective oral and written communications skills through each phase of the program.

One of the required components of the program is the Internship, which requires the student to spend 500 hours at an environment that is related to the future goals of the student, and which provides “hands-on” training for the field of choice.

During the last semester of program work, each student is required to take a written and oral exit competency examination. Questions for the written phase are drawn from coursework completed by each student in the Department of Health, Exercise, & Sport Science. After the written exam is evaluated, each student will undergo an oral investigation consisting of questions selected by members of the departmental graduate faculty. Any student who does not satisfactorily complete the exit competency examination may be required to take additional courses or accomplish individualized study to strengthen identified areas.




HESS-559: Research in Sport Management (3Cr)

HESS-556: Sport Finance (3Cr)       OR                                                                             

HESS-557: Economics of Sport (3Cr)                                                                                     

HESS-518: Sport Marketing (3Cr)                                                                                 

HESS-521: The Art of Selling in Sport (3Cr)                                                                        

HESS-523: Administration & Leadership of Exercise & Sport Organizations (3Cr)                    

HESS-538: Internship in Sport Management  (6Cr)                                                        

HESS-539: Sport Public Relations & Promotions (3Cr)                                                         

Total Credit Hours for Required Courses: (24 Cr)                                                                    



HESS-507: Special Problems in HESS (3Cr)                                                                 

HESS-511: Special Topics in HESS (3Cr)                                                                                                    

HESS-512: Special Topics in HESS (3Cr)                                                                            

HESS-513: Sport Facility & Event Management (3Cr)                                                    

HESS-520: Special Topics in Sport Management (3Cr)                                              

HESS-542: Practicum in HESS (3Cr)                                                                                

HESS-548: Psychology of Sport & Motivation (3Cr)                                                               

HESS-549: Sociological & Cultural Aspects of Sport (3Cr)                                            

HESS-552: Fundraising for Sport Organizations (3Cr)                                              

HESS-553: Sport Communication (3Cr)                                                                      

HESS-555: Legal Aspects of Sport (3Cr)                                                                        

HESS-558: Advertising in Sport (3Cr)                                                                         

Total Credit Hours for Electives: (15 Cr)                                                                            


Total Credit Hours for Degree: (39 Cr)                                                                         


For more information, please contact Dr. Harry Davakos (, 843-953-5060), or click:

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