Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at Isenberg


The Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at Isenberg PhD program in Management, with a concentration in Sport Management, is designed to prepare students for a successful career in adacemics. It provides the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as scholarly researchers and outstanding teachers. The Department's PhD program began in 1972 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 needs for faculty members in sport management and business throughout the United States and around the world. The program's past graduates have been in great demand and often receive multiple job offers upon graduation.

Advantages of the Program:

  • Full integration into the Isenberg School of Management
  • Distinct (stand-alone) Department of Sport Management housed within the School
  • Renowned faculty with diverse research interests
  • Supportive and collaborative environment among students and faculty
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio providing considerable individual attention to doctoral students
  • Doctoral students encouraged to identify and pursue their own research interests with faculty support
  • Strong ties to sport industry leaders who can be utilized for research
  • Funding for both research and teaching - students are able to amass a comprehensive vitae upon graduation
  • Competitive funding package (e.g. tuition waiver, substantial yearly-stipend, summer funding, travel funding, generous health insurance)
  • Located in the beautiful pioneer valley which boasts an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities and a variety of housing options, from quintessential New England (Amherst) to trendy (Northampton)
  • Approximately 1.5 hours to Boston, 3 hours to NYC

"This experience has exceeded my expectations. My development in instruction has been focused and individualized. My advisor has been intimately involved with my research goals, collaborating on work and publishing projects while being a strong steward for my success. The reputation of the program has enabled me to quickly develop relationships with others in the academic field and the industry."

Jeffrey Mott
PhD in Management '09
MBA, Univ. of Michigan Ross School of Business '95

For more information on the PhD in Management with a concentration in Sport Management, email Dr. Janet Fink, PhD Program Coordinator