What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: April 1 (firm deadline – all required admission materials must be received by this date)
  • Spring: October 15 (firm deadline – all required admission materials must be received by this date)
    • GRE is temporarily waived for Spring applicants
  • Summer: February 1 (firm deadline – all required admission materials must be received by this date)

Sport Administration, M.S.

The Master of Science in Sport Administration degree program prepares students with professional skills and knowledge to thrive in careers in the $300 billion sports business industry.

Graduates who successfully complete this program work in a variety of sport industry segments, including professional sport, collegiate sport, event management, public relations, marketing agencies, non-profits, as well as international sport organizations.

In 2019, the Sport Administration M.S. program was ranked as the #13 graduate program in the world and #11 in North America by SportBusiness International.

Program Highlights
Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Sport Administration, M.S. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
    • Why are you applying to the sport administration program and why are you applying to Georgia State University’s program? (around 1 page in length)
    • Discuss a current critical challenge in the sports industry. ( around 1 page in length)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application) – one letter should be from a former professor or instructor who can evaluate your academic promise
  • Official Transcript(s): undergraduate degree with minimum 2.75 GPA required for admission consideration
    • submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302
  • GRE scores:
    • institution code 5251
    • scores may not be more than five years old at time of application submission

Program of Study

Master of Science in Sport Administration

Major (27)
Required (15):

  • KH 6480 Sport Organizational Behavior (3)
  • KH 7100 Sport Management and Leadership (3)
  • KH 7200 Cultural Aspects of Sport (3)
  • KH 7410 Sport Marketing (3)
  • KH 7610 Sport Law (3)

Research Requirement
Select One Course (3):

Internship or Thesis Track Requirement
Select One Course (6):

  • KH 7662 Internship in Sports Management (6)
  • KH 7990 Master’s Thesis (6)

Electives (12)
Select Four Courses (12)

  • KH 6560 Budgeting and Finances in Sports and Recreation (3)
  • KH 6960 Seminar (3)
  • KH 7150 Development and Revenue Generation in Sports (3)
  • KH 7380 Sport Facility Management (3)
  • KH 7440 Sport Communication and Media (3)
  • KH 7680 Sport Marketing Field Research (3)
  • KH 7690 Practicum in Sports Administration (3)
  • KH 7785 Public Policy and Sport (3)
  • KH 7810 Directed Readings and Research (3)

Program total: minimum of 36 semester hours

Regulations for the Degree:

  1. Research Requirement: Students will complete the university’s basic certification course for human subjects research. See the university’s research office website and your faculty advisor for details.
  2. Internship/Thesis Requirement: Students have the option to complete the internship requirement or elect to pursue the thesis track. The internship is the cornerstone and culminating experience of the program in which the student will work in an approved sport business enterprise under professional supervision. The student is required to acquire the place for the internship in consultation with a faculty advisor. The internship cannot be taken until all other courses of the program have been completed unless as otherwise specified and permitted by a faculty advisor. Along with the internship requirement, the student will also be required to pass the Capstone  Project. The thesis track requires Master’s-level students in sports administration to conduct original research and complete a formal thesis. It must be started two semesters prior to graduating and is overseen by a faculty advisor. The thesis track does not require completing the Capstone Project, but requires a formal proposal and defense of the research.
  3. Course Requirements: The course requirements for the Master of Science degree in Sport Administration and the format of the program follow. Students should consult with a faculty advisor for any questions or concerns. The Course Descriptions section contains a listing and description of the courses. The Georgia State graduate catalog, which includes all regulations concerning graduate programs can be found on the university’s website.
  4. Electives: Students may take courses of their choice in consultation with a faculty advisor from those listed here or from courses in other related such programs as business, management, marketing, hospitality, risk management, law, information technology, finance, education, international business and research.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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The following are a few examples of where our students have been hired:

  • Professional Teams: Atlanta Braves, Dream, Falcons, Hawks
  • Campus Recreation: USF, LSU, Notre Dame
  • Athletic Departments: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Penn State
  • Conferences: SEC, Big East
  • Agencies: IMG College, Collegiate Consulting, LEJ Sports Group
  • Events: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Super Bowl Host Committees
  • Sport Media: Bleacher Report, 92.9 The Game, Turner Sports
  • Facilities: Georgia World Congress Center, Madison Square Garden


Program Coordinator
Beth Cianfrone, Ph.D.

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Mailing Address & Office Location
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Georgia State Sports Arena
125 Decatur St. SE, Suite 137
Atlanta, GA 30303

30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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