Master of Science in Sport Management

The M.S. in Sport Management program is designed to prepare students for careers in professional, collegiate, and not-for-profit athletics as well as wholesale/retail sporting goods, facility and event management, and health and fitness club management. The program offers a wide variety of courses that focus on all aspects of management in the sport industry.

This program provides significant opportunities to network with alumni and other professionals in the sport management field at numerous on-campus events and off-campus professional conferences during the school year. This networking has led to numerous job opportunities for students even prior to graduation. The executive-level focus of the program challenges students to become scholars in their particular area of sport. This includes a capstone project, selected specifically in an area of career focus for each student.


Courses Are Available

Face to Face
Main Campus

Program Details

●  Credits: 30
●  Cost per Credit: $550 (2018-19)


SSM 502 Social/Historical Aspects of Sport
SSM 506 Contemporary Issues in Sport
SSM 510 Sport Organization and Management
SSM 512 Financial Aspects of Sport
SSM 520 Sport Ethics and Leadership
SSM 536 Sport Law
SSM 542 Sport Facilities Management and Design
SSM 544 Sport Marketing
SSM 545 Public Relations in Sport 
SSM 549 Capstone: Strategic and Tactical Approaches Sport Management


To qualify for graduation from this program, students must:
  • Complete the coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 with no individual course grade below a “C” and no more than one course grade below a “B-.”
  • Satisfactorily complete SSM 549 Capstone: Strategic and Tactical Approaches to Sport Management.
  • Obtain recommendation for graduation from the program chair.
  • Satisfactorily complete all program requirements within seven consecutive academic years.
PLO 1 The student engages in critical and strategic thinking related to sport management theory and content, as well as through personal reflection.
PLO 2 The student demonstrates effective communication skills in writing, speaking, and presenting.
PLO 3 The student gains an understanding of the role of leadership, and how through collaborate relationships a sport manager can guide and influence individuals within the organization.
PLO 4 The student both grows and utilizes a professional network of sport management industry connections.
PLO 5 The student integrates classroom learning with issue exploration through independent sport management research.

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition.

Application Process and Requirements

Academic and Professional Requirements 

Prior Education
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (probationary acceptance may be granted).

Admissions Application and Transcripts

Complete the Admissions Application
  • Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program to be considered for admission.

Request Transcripts
  • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
  • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.

Information for International Students
  • If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from one personal, one professional, and one academic reference. These letters need to be submitted directly from each letter writer and contain the contact information of each writer (name, address, email, and phone) as well as a verifiable signature. Unsigned letters will not be accepted. Each should address your background relevant to your pursuit of the M.S. in Sport Management degree.

Resume and Professional Goals Statement

A professional goals statement (maximum of four pages, double-spaced) identifying the student’s qualifications and reasons for pursuing this degree. The professional goals statement must clearly illustrate excellent written communications skills and reflect the effort and analysis associated with a graduate degree. If an applicant’s cumulative grade point average is below a 2.75, the student must also address the reasons that led to this GPA, and provide evidence that he or she can maintain the program’s required minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


After all documents (application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume and professional goals statement) have been received and reviewed, an interview with the department chair will be scheduled.

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and have additional materials sent to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985

Contact Your Counselor

Our counselors know that each student is unique, which is why they are ready to help you throughout the entire process. Get started by reaching out to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions 

6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217 
Phone: (414) 410-4042 or (800) 347-8822

Request a one-on-one meeting     Connect on Facebook Messenger

Funding Your Education

Stritch is competitively priced to make graduate education affordable. Counselors in our Financial Aid Office know that each student is unique and they are dedicated to helping identify ways to help students fund their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.


Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of over 38,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Have questions or want more information?

Tweets by ‎@stritchu - Cardinal Stritch University's Twitter feed

Featured Events