Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at Isenberg


How to Apply


The following guidelines are provided to serve as a checklist for individuals applying to either the MS or MBA/MS ("dual degree") program. Applicants should send materials by February 1 in order to receive the strongest consideration for September enrollment. The following must be submitted:


1) Undergraduate GPA/Graduate GPA (if applicable): Confirmed by official transcripts.

2) GMAT or GRE scores (the only exception is an applicant who has obtained a JD): Your confirmed score must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office by ETS (scores are valid for 5 years).

3) Personal statement.

4) Two letters of recommendation.

5) Resume/CV.

6) Application fee.

7) For Non-English speaking students:   TOEFL Scores/IELTS Scores -- Although the Graduate School accepts a TOEFL score of 80, our program strongly prefers a minimum TOEFL score of 100. You may also submit IELTS for which a minimum score of 6.0 is required, and a score of 7.5 or higher is strongly preferred.


The MBA/MS in Sport Management applicant must apply and be accepted by both the MBA and MS programs. Applicants need to complete only one application specifying the MBA/MS or the MS degree program. For an application to the Graduate School, please click on the "Apply Now" button on the MS and MBA/MS Programs page or see the Graduate Application Web Page.

Admission to the MBA/MS and the MS program is highly competitive. Applicants' academic history, GMAT or GRE performance, motivation, aptitude for graduate-level work, and managerial experience are all taken into consideration. Candidates with at least two years of full-time work experience are preferred.


Departmental Review of Applications 

Application procedures are fully explained in the Graduate School Bulletin. Applications should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office by December 15 for earliest consideration, and no later than February 1 for September enrollment (the only enrollment semester possible). Applications are reviewed on a "rolling" basis, meaning they will be reviewed when they are received and fully completed.  We strongly encourage completed applications to be submitted well in advance of the University deadline.

Selected candidates will be notified for the scheduling of a mandatory on-campus interview. International students will be interviewed via Skype.

Contents of the following items weigh heavily in assessments conducted as a part of the review and selection of interview candidates:


-Personal Statement should reflect a strong sense of career direction. Within this personal statement, candidates should also highlight traits, skills, and past athletic and work experiences that are relevant to their applications.

-Letters of recommendation are used to elicit data and insights that form critical parts of the applicant's profile. Applicants should have at least two letters of recommendation, and up to four are accepted. For applicants with professional work experience, letters of recommendation from both professional and educational sources are recommended. 


To check the status of your application go to the Graduate Admission Web Page.


Each application is reviewed by members of the McCormack Department of Sport Management faculty and evaluated to determine whether the candidate will be invited to campus for the required interview.  Interview sessions are conducted on Thursdays and Fridays from February through April.

International Student Applications

International students are encouraged to apply to the McCormack Department of Sport Management. There have been a number of graduate alumni from various countries [Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Greece, India, Iran, Japan, Romania, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and Venezuela]. For assistance in applying, international students may wish to contact:


International Programs Office 

International Students and Scholars
William S. Clark International Center
University of Massachusetts
455 Hills South

Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-2710