Doctoral Programs

The Sport Management Concentration 

Degree Requirements

Overall Requirements and Time Frame

The degree requirements include coursework, a first-year Qualifying Exam, a Comprehensive Exam, and completion of a dissertation. The program is designed to be completed in four years of fulltime, on-campus, study.


The Ph.D. curriculum in Sport Management consists of a minimum of 63 credit hours. This is comprised of at least 45 credit hours of coursework - including at least 18 credit hours in research foundations - plus 18 hours of dissertation credit.


A. Core Courses (9 credit hours)

The three Core courses are required for all Sport Management PhD students, regardless of the student's specific area of interest/specialization within the field. These courses are intended to provide the student with an exposure to the breadth of research across the various Sport Management sub-disciplines, including:


  • Sport Organizational Behavior
  • Sport Strategic Management
  • Sport Marketing 
  • Sport Consumer Behavior 
  • Sport Law 
  • Sports Economics and Sport Finance

The Core courses are team taught, with each segment being taught by someone who is not only a specialist in the field, but someone who is also actively publishing scholarly work in that area.

The goal of each of these three Core courses is to familiarize the student with both the key research questions in each sub-field, and with the types of methodological approaches used in these sub-fields.


B. Research Foundations (18 Credit Hours)

These courses provide the student with the foundations in statistics and research methods that are necessary to conduct research and publish scholarly work in their chosen sub-field.


C. Content Area (18 Credit Hours)

These courses provide the content foundation in the student's area of focus within Sport Management. They will be taken largely through the relevant SOM departments (Marketing, Management, etc) and/or through other related Schools/Departments (Economics, Sociology, Psychology, etc).


D. Teaching Practicum

All students are required to complete a (non-credit) Teaching Practicum course prior to the end of their second year.

E. Dissertation (18 credits)