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Sport Management M. A.

Kinesiology, School of
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
School of Kinesiology, 1900 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-5300; fax: 612-626-7700)
Email: kin@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 36
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of arts in sport management provides academic excellence by combining theoretical instruction and practical experience to prepare tomorrow's leaders for success in the sports industry and marketplace. Students develop the tools of research and learn core concepts through an interdisciplinary curriculum with an emphasis on cultivating new ideas and improving operations in the sport industry.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit a University of Minnesota application which includes a written statement of academic interests, goals, and objectives; scores from the General Test of the GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) or the GMAT (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) that are less than five years old; three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their scholarship and research potential; a scholarly writing sample; and transcripts. Submission of all application materials by December 1 is strongly encouraged to ensure priority consideration for admission and for teaching and research assistantships awarded for the next academic year. Students are admitted for the fall semester.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 153
    • General Test - Quantitative Reasoning: 153
    • General Test - Analytical Writing: 4.5
  • GMAT
    • Verbal section score: 33
    • Quantitative section score: 44
    • Analytical Writing assessment score: 5.0
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Listening Score: 14
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Internet Based - Speaking Score: 23
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 16 major credits, 10 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 20 major credits and 16 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B project is an independent research project with the advisor that meets the following guidelines: involves a total of approximately 120 hours of work; demonstrates familiarity with the tools of research and scholarship in the field of sport management; demonstrates the ability to work independently; demonstrates the ability to effectively present the results of the investigation.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The MA is offered under Plan A and Plan B. Plan A requires 36 credits, including 16 core course credits, 6 research core course credits, 4 elective credits, and 10 thesis credits (8777). The program must include 6 course credits in a minor or related field, and may be chosen from the 36 credits required. Plan B also requires 36 credits, including 16 core course credits, 6 research core course credits, 10 elective credits, and 4 credits of a research project (8995). The program must include 6 course credits in a minor or related field, and may be chosen from the 36 credits required. A GPA of at least 3.00 is required to maintain good standing and to graduate. A maximum of 9 credits of 4xxx-level courses are allowed at the discretion of the advisor.
Required core courses in sport management
KIN 5421 - Sport Finance (3.0 cr)
KIN 5631 - Programming and Promotion in Sport (3.0 cr)
KIN 5601 - Sport Management Ethics and Policy (3.0 cr)
KIN 5725 - Organization and Management of Physical Education and Sport (3.0 cr)
KIN 5801 - Legal Aspects of Sport and Recreation (4.0 cr)
Required research core courses
KIN 5981 - Research Methodology in Kinesiology and Sport Management (3.0 cr)
One additional research analysis course can be taken from the following list (or consult with advisor):
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 5261 - Introductory Statistical Methods (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8261 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· FSOS 8013 - Qualitative Family Research Methods (3.0 cr)
· CI 8148 - Conducting Qualitative Studies in Educational Contexts (3.0 cr)
Electives
For Plan A, a minimum of 4 credits are required and may from chosen from the following list. For Plan B, a minimum of 10 credits are required and may be chosen from the following list. Students must consult with the advisor on selection of courses. Registration for KIN 5992, KIN 5995, and KIN 5720 is limited to 3 credits.
KIN 5371 - Sport and Society (3.0 cr)
or KIN 5375 - Youth Sport Science (3.0 cr)
or KIN 5461 - Issues in the Sport Industry (3.0 cr)
or KIN 5511 - Sport and Gender (3.0 cr)
or KIN 5720 - Special Topics in Kinesiology (2.0-4.0 cr)
or KIN 5992 - Readings in Kinesiology (1.0-9.0 cr)
or KIN 5995 - Research Problems in Applied Kinesiology (1.0-6.0 cr)
or MKTG 6088 - Strategic Marketing (2.0 cr)
Minor or related field
For Plan A and Plan B, a minimum of 6 semester credits in one or more related fields is required. The KIN sport management courses are cross-listed with REC. Courses in the minor or supporting program may be chosen from any field selected by the student and the adviser according to the student's prior academic background and career goals, and are subject to the advisor's approval.
Thesis credits: master's
Plan A
Take 10 or more credit(s) from the following:
· KIN 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
-OR-
Plan B
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· KIN 8995 - Research Problems in Kinesiology (1.0-12.0 cr)
 
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KIN 5421 - Sport Finance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to financial analysis in sport. Cash flow statements, budgeting issues, traditional/innovative revenue producing strategies available to sport organizations. Discussion, practical analysis of current market. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
KIN 5631 - Programming and Promotion in Sport
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01471 - Kin 5631/Rec 5631
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to marketing concepts as they apply to sport industry. Consumer behavior, market research, marketing mix, corporate sponsorship, licensing. Discussion, practical application. prereq: Kin or Rec grad student or instr consent
KIN 5601 - Sport Management Ethics and Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01470 - Kin 5601/Rec 5601
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How to critically analyze ethical concepts that underpin or inform sport policies and evaluate sport policies from a normative point of view. Selected sport policy issues are used to illustrate relevance of ethical considerations in policy development and to explore the ethical implications of sport policy. prereq: MEd or grad student or instr consent
KIN 5725 - Organization and Management of Physical Education and Sport
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Comprehensive analysis of organization and management of physical education and sport in educational settings. Focus on management and planning processes, management skills, functions, roles, decision making, leadership, shared systems, and organizational motivation. For physical education teachers, coaches, community sport administrators. prereq: Grad/initial licensure or instr consent
KIN 5801 - Legal Aspects of Sport and Recreation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Legal issues related to recreation, park, and sport programs/facilities in public/private sectors.
KIN 5981 - Research Methodology in Kinesiology and Sport Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Defines/reviews various types of research in exercise/sport science, and physical education. Qualitative research, field studies, and methods of introspection as alternative research strategies to traditional scientific paradigm.
EPSY 5261 - Introductory Statistical Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 3264/5231/5261/5263
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Application of statistical concepts/procedures. Graphs, numerical summaries. Normal distribution, correlation/regression analyses, probability, statistical inferences for one or two samples. Hypothesis tests, Chi-square tests. Conceptual understanding/application of statistics.
FSOS 8013 - Qualitative Family Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Approaches to qualitative family research evaluation. Phenomenological, feminist, grounded theory, content analytic, ethnomethodological, ethnographic, program evaluation. Theory, research examples, student projects.
CI 8148 - Conducting Qualitative Studies in Educational Contexts
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Qualitative research methods. Ethnography, sociolinguistics, symbolic interactionism. Observation. prereq: CI 8133 and [CI or OLPD PhD student]
KIN 5371 - Sport and Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01469 - Kin 5371/Rec 5371
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Sport, sporting processes, social influences, systems. Structures that have effected and exist within/among societies, nations, and cultures. Contemporary issues such as social differentiation, violence, and honesty. prereq: [3126W, grad student] or instr consent
KIN 5375 - Youth Sport Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Cognitive, behavioral, and biological factors having important implications for competitive sport participants from early childhood through high school age. Emphasis on translating sport science research into practical implications for youth sport coaches, teachers, and administrators.
KIN 5461 - Issues in the Sport Industry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Critical analysis of management issues within sport industry. Strategic management, corporate social responsibility, human resource management/diversity, governance, sport globalization, sport development. prereq: postbac or grad student or instr consent
KIN 5511 - Sport and Gender
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00631 - Kin 5511/Rec 5511
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Critically examines women's involvement in/contributions to sport, physical activity, and leisure.
KIN 5720 - Special Topics in Kinesiology
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Current issues in the broad field and subfields in kinesiology, or related coursework in areas not normally available through regular offerings.
KIN 5992 - Readings in Kinesiology
Credits: 1.0 -9.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent study under tutorial guidance. prereq: [KIN upper div undergrad or MEd or grad student], instr consent
KIN 5995 - Research Problems in Applied Kinesiology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Selected topics in physical activity and human performance. prereq: [Kin upper div undergrad or MEd or grad student], 15 cr of major coursework [including 4981 or 5981], instr consent
MKTG 6088 - Strategic Marketing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Determining product-markets where organization should compete. Sustainable competitive advantage. Matching marketing strategy with environment. Coordinating marketing, other business functions. Organizing marketing function/management. prereq: MBA 6210, MBA student
KIN 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required (Plan A only)
KIN 8995 - Research Problems in Kinesiology
Credits: 1.0 -12.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual scholarly research. prereq: Kin Ph.D. student or SMGT grad student or instr consent
KIN 5801 - Legal Aspects of Sport and Recreation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Legal issues related to recreation, park, and sport programs/facilities in public/private sectors.
KIN 5631 - Programming and Promotion in Sport
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01471 - Kin 5631/Rec 5631
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to marketing concepts as they apply to sport industry. Consumer behavior, market research, marketing mix, corporate sponsorship, licensing. Discussion, practical application. prereq: Kin or Rec grad student or instr consent
KIN 5421 - Sport Finance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to financial analysis in sport. Cash flow statements, budgeting issues, traditional/innovative revenue producing strategies available to sport organizations. Discussion, practical analysis of current market. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
KIN 5601 - Sport Management Ethics and Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01470 - Kin 5601/Rec 5601
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How to critically analyze ethical concepts that underpin or inform sport policies and evaluate sport policies from a normative point of view. Selected sport policy issues are used to illustrate relevance of ethical considerations in policy development and to explore the ethical implications of sport policy. prereq: MEd or grad student or instr consent
KIN 5725 - Organization and Management of Physical Education and Sport
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Comprehensive analysis of organization and management of physical education and sport in educational settings. Focus on management and planning processes, management skills, functions, roles, decision making, leadership, shared systems, and organizational motivation. For physical education teachers, coaches, community sport administrators. prereq: Grad/initial licensure or instr consent
KIN 5981 - Research Methodology in Kinesiology and Sport Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Defines/reviews various types of research in exercise/sport science, and physical education. Qualitative research, field studies, and methods of introspection as alternative research strategies to traditional scientific paradigm.
KIN 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required (Plan A only)
KIN 5801 - Legal Aspects of Sport and Recreation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Legal issues related to recreation, park, and sport programs/facilities in public/private sectors.
KIN 5631 - Programming and Promotion in Sport
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01471 - Kin 5631/Rec 5631
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to marketing concepts as they apply to sport industry. Consumer behavior, market research, marketing mix, corporate sponsorship, licensing. Discussion, practical application. prereq: Kin or Rec grad student or instr consent
KIN 5421 - Sport Finance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to financial analysis in sport. Cash flow statements, budgeting issues, traditional/innovative revenue producing strategies available to sport organizations. Discussion, practical analysis of current market. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
KIN 5601 - Sport Management Ethics and Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01470 - Kin 5601/Rec 5601
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How to critically analyze ethical concepts that underpin or inform sport policies and evaluate sport policies from a normative point of view. Selected sport policy issues are used to illustrate relevance of ethical considerations in policy development and to explore the ethical implications of sport policy. prereq: MEd or grad student or instr consent
KIN 5725 - Organization and Management of Physical Education and Sport
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Comprehensive analysis of organization and management of physical education and sport in educational settings. Focus on management and planning processes, management skills, functions, roles, decision making, leadership, shared systems, and organizational motivation. For physical education teachers, coaches, community sport administrators. prereq: Grad/initial licensure or instr consent
KIN 5981 - Research Methodology in Kinesiology and Sport Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Defines/reviews various types of research in exercise/sport science, and physical education. Qualitative research, field studies, and methods of introspection as alternative research strategies to traditional scientific paradigm.
KIN 8995 - Research Problems in Kinesiology
Credits: 1.0 -12.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual scholarly research. prereq: Kin Ph.D. student or SMGT grad student or instr consent