Equip yourself with advanced level competencies to successfully manage the varied positions, duties, and responsibilities within the sports entertainment industry. At Parkside, you receive highly personal academic and career advising and support and are connected to a network of successful alumni working in the industry. 

The program is designed to be as flexible as possible, which allows you to complete it on your terms/timetable.

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS available. The priority deadline is Friday, March 30. Learn more below.

Among other competencies, upon completion of the program, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • professional interpersonal skills
  • negotiation skills
  • knowledge of and ability to comply with legal, HR, and other forms of rules and compliance-related situations
  • the ability to act in an ethical manner including in areas of diversity and corporate social responsibility
  • knowledge of sound financial management practices including revenue generation methods such as marketing and sales along with efficient facility/organization planning on the expense side
  • inclusive leadership skills including the ability to lead meetings
  • the ability to identify and solve problems faced by sports organizations


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is proud to offer unique positions for graduate students to gain experience as teaching assistants in the Health, Exercise Science, and Sport Management (HESM) Department while also working with the UW-Parkside athletics department. To be eligible, prospective candidates must be accepted into the Master’s Degree in Sport Management program.

Appointments are contingent upon maintenance of minimum credit requirements and good standing in the graduate degree program. The successful candidates will work a 10-month appointment (August 1-May 31) for the 2018-19 academic year with the opportunity for renewal of a second year. Each graduate assistant will receive an annual stipend of $7,500, paid monthly, and a scholarship of 50% of tuition (in-state or out-of-state tuition).

Candidates must submit a resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter specifying which courses they could and would like to teach. Application materials can be submitted electronically to HESM Department Chair Bill Miller at Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by Friday, March 30. These positions will remain open until filled.

HESM Teaching Assistant Responsibilities

Selected candidates will teach up to three credits per semester in the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters. Courses will likely be undergraduate activity course offerings at the 100 level. However, the exact name, type and number of courses will depend upon the knowledge, skill and experience of the selected candidates.

View a list of courses currently available. Candidates can suggest additional activity courses they might be able to teach if they desire.

In addition to teaching assistant responsibilities, the selected candidates work approximately five hours per week as research assistants and in one of the following capacities within HESM and/or UW-Parkside Athletics.

Athletics Department Opportunities

Wellness Center/Strength and Conditioning Center Graduate Assistant

The wellness center/strength and conditioning center graduate assistant will assist in the oversight of the wellness center and strength and conditioning center in the Sport & Activity Center. This position will be instrumental in the operations of the facilities, including hiring and scheduling of student workers, management of SAC memberships, and equipment maintenance.

HESM/Athletics Department Administration Graduate Assistant

The HESM and athletics department administration graduate assistant will assist in the day-to-day operations of both departments in conjunction with the University Services Program Assistant, Director of Athletics, and HESM Department Chair. The position will work assigned office hours and support in the areas of customer service, human resources, business services, student worker supervision, and administrative support.

Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant

The strength and conditioning graduate assistant will support the athletics department’s efforts in strength and conditioning for its 15 intercollegiate sport programs and nearly 300 student-athletes. The graduate assistant will work in conjunction with the Director of Sports Medicine. He/she must have current CPR/First Aid certification and strength and conditioning certification within 60 days of employment.

Intramurals and Recreation Graduate Assistant

The intramurals and recreation graduate assistant will work in conjunction with the intramurals coordinator to administer the University’s intramurals and recreation offerings. The graduate assistant will directly oversee assigned intramural sports, including but not limited to marketing to and informing the campus community, scheduling of the games, hiring and supervising student workers, and execution of events.

Event Management Graduate Assistant

The event management graduate assistant will report to the Events and Operations Coordinator and help with the preparation and execution of intercollegiate athletics events for 15 sports. The duties will include assisting with event setup and execution, ticketing, concessions, officials and visiting team communication, customer service, and special events.

Admission to the Master’s degree program in Sport Management will be on a competitive basis. Applicants will be required to be graduates of an accredited four-year institution of higher education. Applicants 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. There is flexibility in starting dates - there are four potential semesters of classes.

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • Completed Application (
  • Application Fee
  • All Undergraduate Transcripts
  • A minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • At least one (1) Letter must be from a Professional Reference
  • At least one (1) Letter must be from an Academic Reference
  • A formal Statement of Academic Interests including Professional Goals
  • No GRE is required

In accordance with UW-Parkside requirements, students will be required to complete the curriculum requirements (either the thesis or non-thesis option) and achieve a minimum 3.0 grade point average in order to graduate.



In addition to submitting the above application materials, international applicants must submit the following items:

  1. A completed online Application for Graduate International Student Admission.
  2. If applicant's native language is not English then an Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score must be obtained. A score of 525 on the paper test (197 computer based or 71 internet based) is required. For information regarding the location of the test centers nearest you and for making arrangements to take the TOEFL test visit the website:
  3. A Sponsorship Statement Form documenting support for one year of study.
  4. Original bank statement or bank letter documenting sufficient funds for one year of study. Photocopies and FAX cannot be accepted.
  5. Official transcripts from all secondary schools, colleges and universities attended. Records must be in the original language with certified English translations. Official records should include all exam, test results, certificates, diplomas or degrees received.
  6. To receive transfer credits from a foreign university, a prospective student must have their transcripts evaluated through one of the recommended companies:
  • ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators)
  • WES (World Education Services)
  • One Earth International Credit Evaluators

     7. Finally, potential graduate students must purchase the "Catalog Match Request" to ensure transferability of coursework.


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:

  • A maximum of 12 credits may be transferred;
  • Only the courses with a grade of B or better can be transferred;
  • The student must petition for the transfer upon admission to the program. Transfer credit will be formally granted after the student has successfully completed a minimum of eight (8) semester hours of graduate course work at UW-Parkside;
  • An admitted student who plans to take a course at another institution and transfer it back to UW-Parkside must obtain prior permission from the program director; and
  • Exceptions to the above transfer policy can be considered after written request to the program director.



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.

As a result of completing the Master of Science in Sport Management degree program, you will develop three core competencies.

Competency A: Demonstrate Effective Communication Skills

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Professional interpersonal skills
  • The ability to develop and deliver professional messages in oral, written, and visual forms of communication in various types of settings
  • Negotiation skills

Competency B: Demonstrate Effective Management Skills

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of and ability to comply with legal, HR, and other forms of rules and compliance-related situations
  • The ability to act in an ethical manner including in areas of diversity and corporate social responsibility
  • Knowledge of sound financial management practices including revenue generation methods such as marketing and sales along with efficient facility/organization planning on the expense side
  • Inclusive leadership skills including the ability to lead meetings
  • The ability to collect, manage, analyze, and interpret sport management data.
  • The ability to identify and solve problems faced by sports organizations

Competency C: Demonstrate Ability to Use Skills, Knowledge, and Competencies Learned in the Program in a Real-World Setting

In a 2010 survey regarding the size of the sports industry, Street & Smith's SportsBusiness 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.


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Faculty Highlights

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    Sean Dahlin, Ph.D. 
    Assistant professor in the Sport Management program 
    Co-advisor to the Sport Management Club

    Sean’s research interests lend to organizational effectiveness, organizational culture, and leadership styles within intercollegiate athletics. Currently, his research is focused on the developmental pathways of NCAA Division III effective head coaches. Dr. Dahlin earned his Ph.D in Sport Management at Ohio State University, a master’s degree in athletic administration from Idaho State University and a bachelor’s degree in Portuguese from Brigham Young University.

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