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UW-PARKSIDE 2017-19 CATALOG
Sports and Activity Center L150 • 262-595-2308
Goals of the Program
In a 2010 survey regarding the size of the sports industry, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal (SBJ) stated that the sports industry is “one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States” with a size of $213 billion. According to SBJ, approximately $23 billion was spent on operating expenses alone at all levels of sport. Spectator spending exceeded $26 billion according to the same publication. The publication goes on to state that the sports industry “…is far more than twice the size of the auto industry and seven times the size of the movie industry.” These numbers illustrate the overall economic power of the sports industry and, as one might assume, an industry of this size continually needs an infusion of highly educated and qualified personnel in order to thrive. Simply stated, the overall goal of the Master of Science in Sport Management degree program is to provide the industry with graduates that possess the tools and skills necessary to succeed in today’s ultra-competitive 21st century sports business environment.
The 33-credit Master of Science in Sport Management degree requires a combination of core classes (21 credits) designed to ensure all graduates have the basic, requisite skills needed to succeed in the industry. There are an additional six credits of required electives with a wide array of offerings designed to ensure maximum flexibility for the student to pursue additional knowledge beneficial to their chosen career.
Finally, students will need to complete either a thesis addressing a major issue in sport management or a combination of two courses with a practical/industry-based focus that will ensure they are ready for success in the industry. Both the thesis and non-thesis options require six credits.
The program is designed with timing flexibility in mind which should allow students to complete it on their own terms/timetable. Assuming an average nine- to twelve-credit load, most students will be able to complete the proposed program in one and a half to two years. However, if a student wishes to be reasonably aggressive with credit load and scheduling (adding winterim and/or summer courses), the degree could be completed in one calendar year. If someone wishes to proceed at a slower pace, the flexible schedule and delivery format along with the frequent course offerings should allow a student to complete the program at whatever pace they wish subject only to the seven-year completion window for graduate programs currently in place on the UW-Parkside campus.
Student Learning Outcomes
The HESM Department has identified three key core competencies and outcomes that students will develop as a result of completing the Master of Science in Sport Management degree program.
Competency A: Demonstrate Effective Communication Skills
Competency B: Demonstrate Effective Management Skills
Competency C: Demonstrate Ability to Utilize Skills, Knowledge and Competencies Learned in the Program in a Real-World Setting
Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Sport Management
Students with a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and an undergraduate degree in sport management/administration or a business-related major will be given preference for admission.
All applications must be submitted online through the UW-Parkside website. Please visit https://www.uwp.edu/apply/admissions/graduate/ to submit the following:
No graduate exam scores will be required. However, prospective students can submit relevant graduate exam scores as part of the admission process if they choose to do so. Writing samples may be requested and used toward an admissions decision if warranted.
Admissions will occur on a rolling basis with new applicants able to start the program during each of the academic terms: fall, winterim, spring and summer.
International Student Application Procedure
In addition to submitting the above application materials, international applicants must submit the following items:
Graduate-level work completed at other regionally-accredited institutions may be transferred toward the master’s degree in sport management at UW-Parkside but such transfers are subject to the following provisions:
As noted in UW-Parkside policy, students who do not complete a course within a period of 12 months will be dropped as a student unless they apply for and are granted a leave of absence from graduate work. Dropped students or students exceeding the term of leave may apply for readmission to the program.
As also noted in UW-Parkside policy, a student may take no more than seven years to complete the master of science degree in sport management. This time period begins with the semester in which they complete their first course as a degree-seeking graduate student.
To graduate with a master of science in sport management degree, students must satisfy each of the following three requirements and achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better: