About this Program

This graduate program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles within the sport industry. Students are provided with theoretical and practical knowledge to face the opportunities and challenges associated with sport business careers.  The curriculum is consistent with current principles and practices of academic and sport marketplace standards.

Program Highlights

  • Sport industry relevant skill development

  • Convenience (can take classes on-campus and online)

  • 1-2 year completion plans

  • Students complete a full-time, semester long internship with a sport organization

  • Strong core curriculum and electives

  • All courses taught by experienced, Ph.D. faculty


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Alumni Careers

D.C. United Soccer Club
NBA Portland Trail Blazers
Norfolk Tides
Eastern Sports Management
Old Dominion University Athletics
United States Collegiate Athletic Association


What are the requirements to apply for Sport Management at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Science program in Sport Management should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • A completed online application

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution.

  • Personal essay (no more than two pages) addressing motivations to apply to program, career interests, and ability to complete graduate level work.

  • Three letters of recommendation (from former professors and employers) - At least one must be from a former professor addressing your potential success for graduate school

  • Current copy of resume.

  • Transcripts from all prior postsecondary institutions.

For Admission to the Sport Management Program


2.8 cumulative GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) ; 3.0 GPA or higher in the undergraduate major


The GRE is optional but recommended for applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 on the paper-based test (or 79-80 on the iBT) for non-native English speakers.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities through graduate assistantships, industry partnerships, and part-time employment are available on an annual basis. Admitted and interested students should contact the Graduate Program Director for additional details.


Graduate Program Director

NORFOLK, 23529