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.
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
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
GRE score of 291 or higher (verbal and quantitative sections) or a score of 400 or higher on either the GMAT or MAT (waiver available in certain circumstances)
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.
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 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.