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 variety of coursework and knowledgeable professors opened my eyes to the opportunities that exist in all levels of sport from recreational to collegiate to professional. The small class size offered an intimate setting between both students and faculty that created an atmosphere that made it very easy to learn. 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. The program also 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, UFC - Junior Research Analyst, May 2015 M.S. Sport Management Graduate