Emphasis: sport management

The Sport Management emphasis area concentrates on the theoretical and practical dimensions of the management of athletic events, sports teams and facilities, and the sporting process. Management areas studied include those in the public sector (interscholastic and intercollegiate sport) as well as fitness and facility management. Sport management policy and ethics are also a focus of this emphasis area and research agenda.

Students will experience a combination of theoretical instruction and practical experience to prepare them 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.

Associated lab

Global Institute for Responsible Sport Organizations, Directed by Lisa Kihl, PhD

Associated faculty


About our students

Madeleine Orr
Think outside the box. Everyone in your field is going to love sports, and love playing sports. If you really want to succeed, you need to think about what you have to offer that goes beyond that, because sport is a business. It’s great to love the product, but sport is the product, and the industry is a business.

Madeleine Orr, PhD alumna
Read more about Orr, the recipient of the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 Sports list

Program coursework

See the official University catalog by emphasis areas for the Kinesiology PhD program.

How to apply

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Zan Gao, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies

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Sara Cannon
Graduate Program Coordinator
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