Sport Management

Combined Degree Program

The combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science allows qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management with 12 credit hours of graduate coursework counting toward both degrees. The two degrees may be earned with a minimum of 138 credit hours for the thesis option (instead of the 150 required if the degree were pursued separately) and 145 credit hours for the non-thesis option (instead of the 157 credit hours if the degrees were pursued separately). Therefore, both degrees can be attained within a five year period, rather than the usual six years.

Students should apply to the combined degree program before the completion of the first semester of their Junior year. Interested students should contact an academic advisor during their freshman or sophomore year to ensure their eligibility.

Combined Degree Admission Requirements:

(please note that admission is highly competitive and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.)

  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Universal Tracking GPA of 3.0 or higher

Completion of the following courses with a B or better on the first attempt:

  • SPM 2000 Introduction to Sport Management
  • MAN 3025 Principles of Management
  • EME 2040 Intro to Education Technology
  • SPM 3204 Ethical Issues in Sport
  • FIN 3403 Business Finance
  • GRE is required as part of the application

Application Instructions:

  • Complete the Department Application for Entry into Combined Bachelors/Masters Program and the Combined Bachelors and Masters Degree Request
  • Meet with an Academic Adviser to ensure eligibility (verification of GPA)
  • Obtain approval from the Sport Management Program Coordinator
  • Obtain approval from the Department of TRSM Graduate Coordinator
  • Submit forms with coordinators’ signatures to Academic Adviser for final approval

Courses counting toward both degrees:

  • SPM 5309 Sport Marketing (substitute for SPM 3306)
  • SPM 6106 Management and Planning of Sport and Fitness Facilities (substitute for SPM 4104)
  • SPM 6726 Issues in Sport Law (substitute for SPM 4723)
  • SPM 6948 Advanced Practicum (substitute for LEI 3921)

Junior and Senior Year Semester Schedule for Combined Degree Students:

(This plan assumes all critical tracking, general education, and Gordon Rule requirements are met when the student begins the program)

First Semester of Junior Year:

  • SPM 3204 Ethical Issues in Sport
  • SPM 4154 Administration of Sport & Physical Activity
  • FIN 3403 Business Finance
  • 6 credits sport management elective
  • Apply to combined degree program

Second Semester of Junior Year:

  • SPM 3012 Sport and Society
  • MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing
  • SPM 4515 Sport & Business Finance
  • SPM 6106 Management & Planning of Sport & Fitness Facilities (substitute for SPM4104)
  • 4 credits sport management elective

First Semester of Senior Year:

  • SPM 5309 Sport Marketing (substitute for SPM 3306)
  • SPM 6726 Issues in Sport Law (substitute for SPM 4723)
  • SPM 6948 Advanced Practicum in Sport Management (substitute for LEI 3921)
  • 3 credits sport management elective
  • Apply for Graduate Admission (To continue in the Master’s program after graduating with the Bachelor of Science degree, combined degree students must submit an application for graduate admission to the Office of Admissions and the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management by the set deadline for the semester you plan to enroll in the Master’s program.  The deadline to submit all materials for admission into the Fall semester is February 1 and the deadline to submit all materials for admission into the Spring semester is October 1.  Students will want to begin the application process and gathering application materials several months prior to the application deadline.)

Second Semester of Senior Year:

  • SPM 4941c Internship in Sport Management
  • Graduate with B.S.

Begin the Graduate Program in the Next Fall or Spring Semester