Required Courses

Students are required to take the following seven courses (21 points).

Core Courses

Take all four.

  1. SPRT PS5220. Foundations of American Sport. 3 pts.
  2. SPRT PS5410. Leadership and Personnel Management in the Sports Industry. 3 pts.
  3. SPRT PS5360. Sports Accounting and Finance. 3 pts.*
  4. SPRT PS5460. Sports Law and Ethics. 3 pts.

* Students without sufficient background in accounting and finance may be asked to enroll in preparatory courses in accounting and/or finance before completing this course.

Sports Marketing Courses

Choose one.

Sports Analytics Courses

Choose one.

Sports Projects

Choose one.

Elective Courses

Students may choose a focus or a series of electives to fulfill the remaining five courses (15 points). Students may complete up to two electives (6 points) outside of the M.S. in Sports Management program with permission from the program’s administration and advising team.

Global Focus

Analytics Focus

Digital Sports Media and Marketing Focus

Sports Electives

General Business Courses

These courses are not specific to sports.

SPRT PS5105. Section 1. Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in Sports. 3 pts.


This course links both the science and art of negotiation and conflict resolution, but it is more “art” than “art appreciation.” It gives students the opportunity to identify your strengths as a negotiator and to work on relative weaknesses. More fundamentally, the course will provide both a conceptual framework to diagnose problems and promote agreement in a range of settings from your organization to your home.

SPRT PS5220. Foundations of American Sport. 3 pts.


What is the practical application of key concepts and issues in sports management within the sports business workplace? This class emphasizes the key concepts and issues in various disciplines of the sports industry, and the relationship between disciplines within the industry. Students and faculty share practical experience and incorporate student experimentation to fully prepare students for advancement in the Sports Management program.

SPRT PS5230. Athlete Activism and Social Justice in Sports. 3 pts.


This course traces the long history of athlete activism in the United States and abroad in parallel with the historical timeline of social injustice and the civil rights/human rights movements in the U.S. and around the world. By identifying the stakeholders and objects of athlete activism; distinguish the rationales in support of or in opposition to using sports as a protest platform and, discuss the intersection of race, gender, and class with the global business of sport.

SPRT PS5240. Business Intelligence in Sports. 3 pts.


This course examines the history and future of companies growing their customer relationship management (CRM) tool. From the early stages of data collection, to the data explosion witnessed in recent year, this course examines the tools needed to make informed decisions on customers. This business strategy aimed at understanding, anticipating and responding to customer needs in order to expand the customer relationship based on customer’s actions and data points.

SPRT PS5320. Soccer Analytics. 3 pts.


This course examines the data collection process, application, and management practices as it applies to various sports throughout the world. Using soccer as a platform to explore techniques, students will develop a working knowledge of the practical applications of analysis and models used to make management decisions within an organization. With growing global connectivity, and access to data across international leagues, the ability to embrace in-game analytics to improve team’s performance, evaluate talent, develop in-game strategies, and more efficiently manage their rosters, while creating financial value for stakeholders will be an invaluable skill.

In response to the sports industry turning towards greater application of analytics and critical thinking skills, Soccer Analytics aims to develop students into managers who can make decisions, based on provided models, on player and team valuations. Students will be able to demonstrate the capability to apply advanced critical thinking skills to sports business issues and have the ability to integrate objective analysis with subjective judgment in a way that adds value to decision processes.

SPRT PS5323. Basketball Analytics. 3 pts.


In this course, students will develop a working knowledge of the practical application of analysis and models used to make management decisions within an organization and a professional league. Basketball Analytics will explore the use of data and statistics to inform decision making in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Utilizing data made available through the NBA and other publicly available resources, students will learn to use analytics to ask and answer the right questions and provide best practice solutions through critical thinking.

SPRT PS5331. Sports Entrepreneurship & Innovation. 3 pts.


This course builds a core foundation for entrepreneurship and innovation with the goal to develop frameworks and conceptual tools for students to explore the world of sports entrepreneurship. It will expose students to startup sports ventures and real business issues with the opportunity to help solve problems for sports startup ventures.

SPRT PS5350. Fundamentals of Sports Analytics. 3 pts.


This course is an introduction to the application of analytic tools and techniques used to aid sports decision-makers. The structure of the course examines the use of analytics to four main areas of interest: player performance measurement, in-game decision-making, player selection and team/roster construction, and sports administration such as marketing, pricing, contracts, stadium management, etc. Emphasis is placed on how the application of analytics has altered the decision processes of sports organizations.

Fundamentals of Sports Analytics provides a needed skill set for today's sports managers and leaders. Having a basic understanding of analytical tools and their application to sports issues is essential for the success of anyone pursuing a career in the field of sports management.

SPRT PS5360. Sports Accounting and Finance. 3 pts.


BUSI PS5001 Introduction to Finance, BUSI PS5009 Financial Accounting


What is the business of professional sports, and what financial skills are needed to thrive in the industry? This course provides an extensive overview of the business of professional sports and the financial and accounting skills necessary for sports managers to succeed in professional sports organizations. This course moves from a macro to the micro look at the industry, by surveying the business models of major sports leagues and organizations with specific reference and emphasis on finance and accounting and the role they play in decision-making.

By the end of the course, students will have a solid comprehension of the role of accounting and finance in the sports industry, and be able to successfully apply that knowledge to accounting and financial issues routinely faced by sports managers.

SPRT PS5370. Baseball Analytics. 3 pts.


How does one demonstrate the capability to apply advanced critical thinking skills to sports business issues such as player valuations and salary negotiations in baseball, and have the ability to integrate objective analysis with subjective judgment in a way that adds value to decision processes? Through a combination of lectures, class discussion, group presentations and guest speakers this course examines the economic value associated with winning and losing teams along with the implication on the dollar value of players, implications of free agency, sourcing of international players, and the player development system, on a team’s business operations and finances. Finally, the course explores contemporary issues such as team-owned regional sports networks and their impact on the sport.

SPRT PS5380. International Sports Management. 3 pts.


The objective of this course is to increase students’ awareness and understanding of foreign sports business and a practical framework necessary for doing business internationally. Students will evaluate theories, concepts, frameworks, and methods essential to the functioning and management of international sports. By the end of this course, students will be able to illustrate the differences between U.S. and global sports, and identify fundamental concepts, issues, and terminology in the management of international sports.

SPRT PS5390. Sports Revenues Strategies & Analytics. 3 pts.


Digital, social, and mobile media continue to heavily impact every aspect of sports business, often in profound and unanticipated ways, particularly in managing and optimizing revenue streams. All revenue line items are fully intertwined and integrated with each other, media, sponsorship, ticketing, hospitality, concessions and licensing, etc. Students of this course will learn to analyze and optimize the ecosystem of sports business including content rights, ticketing, sponsorship, merchandising, marketing, etc., as well as make business analytics decisions by leveraging business analytics software to run scenario analysis.

SPRT PS5410. Leadership and Personnel Management in the Sports Industry. 3 pts.


This course examines issues of management and organizational behavior within the broad context of the sports industry, with specific reference to issues of staffing, motivation, and communication. The course also introduces leadership theory, as well as the tools and techniques for its practical applications, including how to most effectively apply leadership theory on a daily basis within a sports organization.

SPRT PS5420. Sports General Management. 3 pts.


In this course, we focus on how to develop a winning culture for your organization, both on and off the field. We examine diverse pathways to developing a winning culture that have been experimented with in various sports leagues and associations including the National Footbal League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and more. In addition, we provide students with frameworks for aligning strategy with culture while highlighting the nuances in different sports organizations and clubs. This course will cover the following eight content areas: Strategy, Culture, Identity, Brand, Ownership, Leadership, Technology, and Investment in the Future.

SPRT PS5460. Sports Law and Ethics. 3 pts.


This class forces students to analyze the increasingly complex legal and ethical issues facing leagues, teams, event organizers, participants, athletes, entertainers, communities and others. In addition, students will consider the role of public policy and ethical decision--making. Students will learn the tools of legal analysis and problem solving, including issue spotting and the application of legal principles to disputes. Students review several broad issues related to sports law before turning to consider the legal issues routinely faced by sports managers. The class also considers Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) and the distinctions among arbitration, mediation and litigation.

SPRT PS5470. International Comparative Sports Law. 3 pts.


This course compares, discusses, and analyzes key legal concepts that governing U.S. and international sports stakeholders. With a growing importance of international sports in the U.S. and a concomitant interest in the U.S. system by international organizations, this course is intended to give an overview to the similarities and differences between the organization structure and appropriate legal rules and internal regulations that govern the various sports systems. The class discusses the differences between U.S. sports leagues and those of different countries, notably in the EU, as well as distinctions between labor and anti-competition laws, contract laws and the adjudication of disputes figure prominently.

SPRT PS5550. Sports Sponsorship and Sales. 3 pts.


BUSI PS5020 Introduction to Marketing and Marketing Management.


This course features an examination of corporate sponsorship, its growing role and importance in the corporate/brand marketing mix; importance to event and property producers/organizers, participants, athletes, entertainers, communities and the media. Additionally, an overview of the industry and instruction on effective methods to plan, price, organize, acquire, implement, measure, and evaluate sponsorships including the development of a corporate sponsorship plan. There is a strong emphasis on post-program analysis utilizing various types of marketing research.

SPRT PS5560. Sports Marketing. 3 pts.


This course explores the techniques and activities used to advertise and promote sports events. Topics discussed include: the marketing mix, the evolution of media in the 21st century, advertising awareness, brand awareness, other critical and frequently used brand metrics, message recall, consumer motivation and attitudes, behavior, endorsements, promotions, naming rights, licensing, sponsorship, media management, constructing the advertising message, designing advertising and more broadly, sports marketing campaigns.

SPRT PS5565. Sports Media. 3 pts.


This course explores the application of advanced techniques used to measure, market, and promote sports properties including events and media, as well as study the critical challenges encountered by brands. Topics to be discussed include: sports branding, the evolution of the domestic and global media landscape, key performance indicators for brands, licensing, endorsements, promotions, naming rights, sponsorship, media buying and selling, different types of convergence across the sports industry, and the legal and financial implications of the above.

SPRT PS5570. Sports Business Communications and Public Relations. 3 pts.


What are the best practices and techniques for effective communication in the sports and entertainment industry? This class focuses on defining, developing, and delivering an effective public relations campaign; the use of mass and social media platforms for brands, personalities and teams; as well as the management and mitigation of crisis. Students will stay current with sports business communications issues as reported in Sports Business Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, and other mainstream and popular communication media. Each week a substantial amount of classroom time will be devoted to the application and relevance of reading assignments to breaking sports news stories. Course pedagogies include case-studies, current events, simulations, and guest speakers.

SPRT PS5580. Digital Sports Media and Marketing. 3 pts.


How does digital media and marketing impact the sports business? Over the last 15-20 years, digital media and marketing has become one of the biggest, most dynamic, and fastest growing parts of the sports industry. From an academic standpoint, this means digital is fully intertwined and complementary with the other key disciplines associated with sports: marketing, sponsorship, events, public relations, finance, and more.

This course is intended for students who are eager to delve into the digital side of sports, learn about the historical context, latest trends, best practices and issues, and become more knowledgeable about, and fluent in, one of the most exciting and appealing parts of the business. Case studies, current events, new developments, and guest speakers along with other approaches are used to familiarize students with topics such as:

  • the importance of fantasy and video gaming
  • the transformation of the in-venue experience
  • relevant uber-issues such as net neutrality, and the increasing globalization of the business

SPRT PS5620. Sports Facility and Event Management. 3 pts.


This course provides students with an understanding of the complexity involved in sport facility and event management. Sport facility management includes a variety of activities such as planning and designing a sports facility, staff management, facility marketing, developing revenue streams, and facility scheduling and operating. Sport event management consists of identifying goals of the event and coordinating people in the organizations involved to achieve those goals with the resources available

SPRT PS5740. Intercollegiate Athletics Administration. 3 pts.


What are the aspects of operating and managing a successful intercollegiate athletics program? This course covers the following four content areas: College Athletics at the National Level; Ethics, Governance, Rules Compliance and Professional Behavior; Best Practices in Budgeting and Long-Range Planning; and Athletics Facilities, Operations and Capital Projects. Activities within this course include: reading, lecture, class discussion, guest speakers, field trips, article critiques and examinations. Students also participate in debates of current issues.

SPRT PS5980. Internship in Sports Management. 3 pts.


The internship in Sports Management provides students not currently working in the industry with hands-on experience in a sports organization of their choice. Students will be required to successfully engage in a set of responsibilities for a sports organization. Students pursuing internships work with an advisor who is available to assist and advise on their internship responsibilities. At the term’s end, students submit a written summary of their internship projects or internship experience to the internship adviser and present to their peers regarding their experience. Although students have broad flexibility in the types of organizations at which they might intern, the internship must be approved, in advance, by the internship advisor. The internship in Sports Management is offered every term, including summer.

SPRT PS5990. Supervised Research Projects. 3 pts.


Advanced standing in the Sports Management program, with at least 12 points (4 courses) completed is required. A student may not exceed 6 points (2 courses) of Supervised Projects, or take more than 3 points (1 course) per semester.


Projects are research intensive and vary according to partners and specialty.

SPRT PS5997. Independent Study. 3 pts.


Advanced standing in the Sports Management program, with at least 24 points (8 courses) completed is required. An application must be approved by the faculty advisor to gain access to course and must have above a 3.0 GPA.


For Independent Study, students will complete an Independent Study of significant academic merit. This course allows students, along with a faculty advisor, to develop a research project or industry deliverable. The student is expected to complete rigorous academic and industry research on a topic of their choice approved by the faculty advisor. Once the student has completed their research, the student is responsible for creating a deliverable of academic merit.

SPRT PS5150. Seminar in Sports Business. 3 pts.


This seminar seeks to demystify sports leagues and teams. By laying the foundation of understanding how leagues and teams are structured, operated, and governed. The student will begin to unpack what drives leagues and teams, including where those drivers overlap or compete. Explore how decisions are made at the league and team level about issues such as broadcasting, team sales and relocations, governance, and venue development. To facilitate understanding of these issues, The student will develop the skills needed to apply understanding of the complex relationships to real-world cases, demonstrating the leadership and know-how required to resolve issues while learning the rules that govern interaction between leagues and teams.

BUSI PS5001. Introduction to Finance. 3 pts.


Students will be introduced to the fundamental financial issues of the modern corporation. By the end of this course, students will understand the basic concepts of financial planning, managing growth, debt and equity sources of financing and valuation, capital budgeting methods; risk analysis, cost of capital, and the process of securities issuance.

BUSI PS5009. Financial Accounting. 3 pts.


Students will examine the generally accepted account principles (GAAP) underlying financial statements and their implementation in practice. The perspective and main focus of the course is from the users of information contained in the statements, including investors, financial analysts, creditors, and management. By the end of the class students will be able to construct a cash flow statement, balance sheet and decipher a 10K report.

BUSI PS5012. Organizational Strategy and Learning. 3 pts.


An executive-style seminar that explores the intersection of strategy, operational planning, and human capital development, this course focuses on the critical ability to evaluate, champion, and implement an integrated approach to organization-wide development programs that links strategic planning with learning initiatives in today’s fast-evolving business landscape.

This face-to-face, intensive block week course will explore the connections between organizational strategy and learning as a core catalyst for competitive advantage and fiscal survival. In addition to a variety of case studies, conceptual texts, and real world examples used to illustrate the strategic approaches of successful learning organizations, students will interact in meaningful ways with invited guest executives. They will also collaboratively discuss, develop, design, and present learning strategies and implementation plans that address the fundamental challenges of the modern global business world. Students will gain a fuller understanding of how to continuously integrate strategy and learning as a powerful and effective tool to building agile and resilient learning organizations that are able to achieve accurate self-assessments, support change and innovation, attract and retain top talent, and maximize manager effectiveness.

BUSI PS5020. Introduction to Marketing and Marketing Management. 3 pts.


No previous background in marketing is required. Course objectives: (1) to provide an overview of the basic concepts in marketing; (2) to develop decision-making skills by applying these concepts to real-life problems; and (3) to provide experience in developing marketing strategies for products in various stages of their product life cycle. These objectives are achieved through a combination of lectures, readings, and class discussions.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.