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The 30 Best Masters In Sports Management Programs in 2021

August 6, 2021 | Staff Writers

Masters in Sports Management
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Washington State University

  • Pullman, Washington
  • Graduation Rate: 91%

Washington State University takes top spot on our list due to its affordability and quality graduate programs. Its Masters in Sports Managment is actually an emphasis within its Master’s of Education program. This program can be completed entirely over the Internet.

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Tuition per year: $5,364 in-state; $12,836 non-resident
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Western Carolina University

  • Cullowhee, North Carolina
  • Graduation Rate: 56%

Western Carolina University is a smaller public university with highly affordable tuition. Its Masters in Sport Management can be completed entirely online in one year. The program is conducive to working professionals and is taught by highly qualified faculty.

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Tuition per year: $4,277 in-state; $8,277 non-resident
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Florida Atlantic University

  • Boca Raton, Florida
  • Graduation Rate: 54%

Florida Atlantic University beats out some stiff competition to finish as the top graduate sports management program in the state. Its Masters in Sports Management is actually a concentration within the school’s MBA program. This ensures that students learn general business principles as well as sports management.

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Tuition per year: $4,879 in-state; $17,324 non-resident
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University of Florida

  • Gainesville, Florida
  • Graduation Rate: 87%

The University of Florida may finish just behind FAU, but it still has an excellent Master’s in Sports Management. This program, like many others on this list, can be completed over the Internet. UF’s Sports Management program is unique in that it offers several specializations, namely Athlete Development, Sport Law, and High-Performance Coaching.

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Tuition per year: $6,381 in-state; $28,659 non-resident
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University of South Florida

  • Tampa, Florida
  • Graduation Rate: 69%

The University of South Florida is the third Florida public university in our top five. USF’s Master’s in Sports Management requires 36 credit hours for completion. Students must also submit a thesis or do an internship.

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Tuition per year: $6,410 in-state; $17,324 non-resident
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Georgia Southern University

  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • Graduation Rate: 46%

Georgia Southern University offers a top-notch Master’s in Sports Management. This program can be fully completed over the Internet. It takes students roughly two years to complete this 36-credit program.

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Tuition per year: $6,463 in-state; $17,518 non-resident
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Southeast Missouri State University

  • Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Graduation Rate: 47%

Southeast Missouri State University may not be the most prestigious school on this list, but it does have an elite graduate Sports Management program. Its Sports Management program is actually a specialization within its MBA program. This degree can be completed over the Internet.

 

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Tuition per year: $7,800 in-state; $13,830 non-resident
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University of Southern Mississippi

  • Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Graduation Rate: 57%

University of Southern Missisippi is another lesser-known public university that nevertheless boasts a top Sports Management program. This program can be completed online. USM also offers a related Master’s degree in Sport Coaching Education.

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Tuition per year: $8,896 in-state; $10,896 non-resident
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Winona State University

  • Winona, Minnesota
  • Graduation Rate: 59%

Winona State University is a public university in Minnesota. Its online Master’s in Sports Management is offered through the Physical Education and Sport Science Department. Students can combine this degree with a Master’s in Leadership Education.

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Tuition per year: $9,666 in-state; $15,766 non-resident
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Arkansas State University

  • Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Graduation Rate: 76%

Arkansas State University offers the top sports management program in the state. Its Master’s in Sports Administration can be completed over the Internet. This degree can be completed in only one year. The M.S. program is accredited by Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (about 10% of all programs in the U.S.). All courses are taught by full-time, Ph.D. professors.

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Tuition per year: $8,900 in-state; $15,860 non-resident
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Texas A&M University

  • College Station, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 80%

Texas A&M University is one of the top public universities in the country, so its high ranking on this list is hardly surprising. Texas A&M’s online Master’s in Sports Management requires students to complete 36 credits. This program can be taken on either a full-time schedule or a part-time schedule.

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Tuition per year: $12,153 in-state; $38,602 non-resident
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Indiana State University

  • Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Graduation Rate: 36%

Indiana State University is often overshadowed by Indiana University, but not on this list. ISU’s online Master’s in Recreation and Sport Management is highly rated in the field. This program offers a flexible course schedule to accommodate working professionals. It is also available on campus.

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Tuition per year: $9,236 in-state; $20,160 non-resident
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13

Troy University

  • Troy, Alabama
  • Graduation Rate: 25%

Troy University in Alabama has the top graduate Sports Management program in the state. The program is actually called Sport and Fitness Management. Students can choose to specialize in Coaching.

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Tuition per year: $8,908 in-state; $16,708 non-resident
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University of Memphis

  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Graduation Rate: 42%

The University of Memphis is one of the major public universities in Tennessee. It has a top Sports Management program that can be completed online. Memphis’ program is actually called Sports Commerce, as it focuses heavily on the business side of sports management.

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Tuition per year: $9,912 in-state; $13,752 non-resident
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Old Dominion University

  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Graduation Rate: 51%

Old Dominion University is a major public university in Virgina. ODU offers a leading graduate sports management program. This program is actually an emphasis within the Master’s in Education offered at the school.

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Tuition per year: $10,640 in-state; $30,840 non-resident
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California University of Pennsylvania

  • California, Pennsylvania
  • Graduation Rate: 48%

California University of Pennsylvania may have a slightly confusing name, but it also has an elite graduate Sports Management program. This program can be completed in its entirety over the Internet. It offers two specializations: Strategic Sports Analysis and Intercollegiate Athletic Administration.

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Tuition per year: $11,108 in-state; $15,726 non-resident
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Millersville University

  • Millersville, Pennsylvania
  • Graduation Rate: 60%

Millersville University is small public university with a powerhouse graduate Sports Management program. This degree can be completed entirely over the Internet. Students have the opportunity to do an internship with a variety of organizations.

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Tuition per year: $12,250 in-state; $22,220 non-resident
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Jacksonville State University

  • Jacksonville, Alabama
  • Graduation Rate: 35%

Jacksonville State University in Alabama offers an excellent graduate Sports Management program. This program, like the others on this list, can be completed over the Internet. Students are required to complete an internship before graduation.

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Tuition per year: $11,120 in-state; $20,840 non-resident
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Central Michigan University

  • Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • Graduation Rate: 57%

Central Michigan University offers the top graduate sports management program in the state. CMU has become known as a leader in online education through its Global Campus, which offers the Master’s in Sports Administration. This program requires students to complete 36 credits of coursework before graduating.

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Tuition per year: $12,960 in-state; $24,120 non-resident
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Saint Leo University

  • St. Leo, Florida
  • Graduation Rate: 54%

Saint Leo University is a small private university in Florida with a strong graduate sports management program. Its sports management degree is actually a Sport Business emphasis within the MBA program. This ensures that students also get a strong business education.

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Tuition per year: $23,750
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Liberty University

  • Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Graduation Rate: 34%

Liberty University is one of the largest and best-known Christian universities in the country. It has a well-regarded online Master’s in Sport Management. This degree offers students the opportunity to choose from several specializations, including Sport Administration, Tourism, and Outdoor Adventure Sports.

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Tuition per year: $22,747
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Missouri Baptist University

  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Graduation Rate: 61%

Missouri Baptist University is a private Christian-affiliated institution. It has an excellent Master’s in Sports Management that can be completed entirely over the Internet. This program can be completed in 18-24 months.

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Tuition per year: $28,220
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Belhaven University

  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Graduation Rate: 31%

Belhaven University is a small Christian institution in Mississippi. Its online sports management program is actually a Sports Administration concentration within the MBA program. Active military personnel benefit from a significant tuition discount.

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Tuition per year: $26,202
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Nova Southeastern University

  • Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida
  • Graduation Rate: 62%

Nova Southeastern University is a Florida-based institution known for its health sciences programs. However, it also has a strong online sports management program. This unique program is actually a Sport Revenue Generation concentration within the MBA degree.

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Tuition per year: $32,100
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Tiffin University

  • Tiffin, Ohio
  • Graduation Rate: 4%

Tiffin University is a small private university in Ohio with an excellent sports management program. This program is actually a concentration within the MBA. Students will complete a 200-hour mentorship as part of this program.

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Tuition per year: $26,110
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Gonzaga University

  • Spokane, Washington
  • Graduation Rate: 84%

Gonzaga University is no doubt the most prestigious institution on this list, though it does have pricy tuition. Its online Master’s in Sport and Atheltic Administration gives students a broad education in the field. Gonzaga has a Roman Catholic affiliation, though students of all faiths are welcome.

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Tuition per year: $16,000
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Adelphi University

  • Garden City, New York
  • Graduation Rate: 68%

Adelphi University in New York has a top online Master’s in Sport Management program. There are specializations available in Collegiate Athletic Administration and Sport Marketing. This program can be completed in roughly two years.

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Tuition per year: $40,300
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Lasell University

  • Newton, Massachusetts
  • Graduation Rate: 50%

Lasell University is a small liberal arts institution with a few master’s programs, including a Master’s in Sport Management. This program is available online. It offers several specializations, including Sport Tourism and Hospitality Management, Parks and Recreation, Sport Leadership, or Athletic Administration.

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Tuition per year: $37,000
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Franklin Pierce University

  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • Graduation Rate: 44%

Franklin Pierce University is a small private school with a low student-to-faculty ratio. Its online MBA offers a concentration in Sports Management. This program ensures that students have a dual education in business and sports administration.

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Tuition per year: $39,100
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New England College

  • Henniker, New Hampshire
  • Graduation Rate: 38%

New England College is another small private institution with a good sports management program. Its MBA program offers a concentration in Sports and Recreation Management. This program gives students a well-rounded education in the field.

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Tuition per year: $38,670
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Our Ranking Methodology

Our ranking methodology is simple and straightforward. We take each school’s yearly tuition rate and graduation rate and use a formula to come up with a rating. Some schools have two different yearly tuition rates: one for in-state students and one for non-resident students. If this is the case for a specific school, we only looked at that school’s in-state tuition rate. Our formula starts with the yearly tuition statistic and adds a multiplier equivalent to the percentage of enrolled students who did not graduate. Here’s an example: School A has a yearly tuition rate of $30,000 and a graduation rate of 80%. Its rating would be 36,000 (30,000 x 120%). Lower rates are better than higher ratings for schools’ rankings.

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