Master of Science in Sport Management

The master of science in sport management degree is a focused, yet flexible, 36-credit hour graduate program designed to meet the needs of today’s graduate student, while developing skilled professionals for the sport industry. The program is structured to offer small class sizes, a flexible format for content delivery and interaction with industry professionals and full-time faculty. Offering an internship or a thesis track, students may select the format that best fits their abilities and accommodates their future interests in sport. The rigorous curriculum and experiential learning requirements are specifically designed to provide students with the skills necessary to be successful in a broad range of sport industry opportunities, or to move on to further study if they desire.

The Niagara University sport management program has a long history of providing outstanding experiential opportunities for its students. The program has an established network of industry relationships that will assist students in finding the right opportunities for them. Examples include the NFL Experience and the Super Bowl, MLB Spring Training, various NCAA championship events and professional and college sport organizations in Western New York and around the country. Not only will students have contact both in and out of the classroom with sport industry leaders, but the six-hour internship option in the program will allow students to maximize the benefit such experiences can provide.

Niagara University is home to an NCAA Division I athletic program, providing valuable on-campus opportunities for students in college athletics administration. Additionally, through the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the program has established partnerships with a variety of sport facility and event managers throughout the United States. Finally, students with an interest in recreational sport will be able to find opportunities with local government and not-for-profit agencies as well.

The master of Science in Sport Management program at Niagara University provided an experience that gave me a holistic understanding of the sport industry. The flexibility of the program allowed me to tailor my education so that my research directly related to what I wanted to pursue as a career, and provided me with opportunities to attend conferences and major sporting events to gain valuable experience and network with professionals in all areas of sport. I’m very happy I chose NU for graduate school and feel that it set me up for success in my position at Ultimate Fighting Championship. - Chris, '15

The Niagara University Sport Management graduate program allowed me to earn a master's degree while gaining hands-on experience working for a Division I Athletics Department. The smaller class sizes allowed me to develop strong relationships with both the professors and fellow classmates, enabling me to expand my network. The Niagara University sport management graduate program provided me with experiences, and knowledge to succeed in the sport industry. - Alexis '15

As a life-long sports enthusiast, I took a risk by leaving my current job to rejoin the academic setting in pursuit of a dream of working in sports. In only one short year in my master's program, I have gained valuable experience as a graduate assistant in the Niagara University athletic department and am getting ready to begin a marketing and promotions summer internship in minor league baseball with the Buffalo Bisons. The staff and professors truly have a wealth of connections in the sports industry! - John '17