Doctoral Programs

The Sport Management Concentration

Philosophy and Objectives

The goal of the PhD program in Sport Management is to prepare students for an academic career. This preparation provides students both with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as scholarly researchers in their field, and with the tools necessary to be outstanding teachers.

The Ph.D. program in Sport Management at UMass began in 1971, and is one of the oldest of its kind in the United States. As a leader in the field, our doctoral program has long played a key role in meeting the dire need for faculty members in sport management programs throughout the United States and around the world. The program's graduates have been in great demand: past PhD students have often received multiple job offers upon graduation.

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A Management School Approach

The Department of Sport Management is housed within the Isenberg School of Management, and thus has the distinction of being one of the few sport management programs in the country to be housed within a management school.

As such, our program takes very much of a "management-school" approach to the study of sport management - the foundations of our program are strongly rooted in the traditional management disciplines of marketing, organizational behavior, finance, and business law, and in related disciplines such as economics, sociology, and psychology.

In addition, because the program is designed to provide students with the tools necessary to become successful scholarly researchers in their field, it places strong emphasis on training in statistics and research methods.