How to Apply
The following guidelines are provided to serve as a checklist for individuals applying to the program. Applicants should send materials by February 1, for consideration for September enrollment. The following must be submitted:
1) Undergraduate GPA/Graduate GPA: Confirmed by official transcripts
2) GMAT or GRE scores: Confirmed score directly sent to University by ETS (scores are valid for 5 years)
3) Personal statement of goals
4) Two letters of recommendation (minimum)
6) Application fee
7) TOEFL Scores/IELTS Scores: Although the Graduate School accepts a TOEFL score of 80, our program strongly prefers a minimum of TOEFL score of 100 for a better success rate. You may also submit IELTS for which a minimum is 6.0 is required.
(Masters degree applicants may be required to take an introductory-level finance or accounting course as a condition for acceptance into the one-year program.)
Admission to the program is very competitive and is based on both University and Department requirements. The University requires a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 grading scale, a bachelor's degree or equivalent, official transcripts of previous college work (undergraduate and graduate), a personal statement of goals, a minimum of two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be an academic reference, GMAT or GRE scores and an application fee.
The average Masters student has several years of work experience, a 3.4 undergraduate grade point average (4.0 scale), and a 590 GMAT score.
Application procedures are explained in the Graduate School Bulletin. Application forms should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office before February 1 for September enrollment. To access the application, visit the Graduate Application Page.
Applicants are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the February 1 deadline. Applications are reviewed on a "rolling" basis, meaning they are reviewed when they are fully completed and received.
For more information about the University's Graduate School and to get a downloadable application form, please visit the Graduate School web site .
Departmental Review of Applications
Reviews are conducted only on completed applications (detailed above). If required information is missing, the application will be held until the needed item(s) are received.
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 suggested. For applicants with professional work experience, letters of recommendation from both professional and educational sources are recommended.
Information on the status of application materials can be received from the Graduate School. Copies of completed materials are then sent to our department. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that his or her file is complete. For status of your application, after fully completed and submitted, you can use your password from the graduate school to access your status on-line.
Each application is reviewed by members of the McCormack Department of Sport Management faculty and evaluated to determine whether or not the candidate will be invited to campus for the required interview. Interviews are conducted on 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, Japan, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and Venezuela].
For assistance in applying, international students may wish to call or write:
International Programs Office
International Students and Scholars
William S. Clark International Center
University of Massachusetts
455 Hills South
Amherst, MA 01003