Master of Arts in Sport Management (MASM)

Whether you're an assistant coach looking to become a college athletic administrator, or a college graduate with a non-sport related degree seeking a career in professional sport, this program provides the tools to be successful. Classes are held evenings at the Wingate University's convenient Ballantyne location in the heart of South Charlotte serving the metro Charlotte area and beyond.

The Master of Arts in Sport Management was established by the Wingate University School of Sport Sciences in 2006. This quality program is designed for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in any field and who aspire to work in the sport industry's public or private sectors.
The program consists of 36 semester hours leading to the Master of Arts in Sport Management.
*The Master of Arts in Sport Management program does not lead to any form of licensure as a teacher.

Admission Requirements:
To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Sport Management, an applicant must:
  • Hold a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university
  • Submit a completed Wingate University Graduate School application form
  • Have a 2.5 GPA or higher during the last two years of undergraduate work and/or 2.5 or higher in the major
  • Submit official satisfactory scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Provide two recommendations from administrative or supervisory personnel
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous academic work beyond high school. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have all transcripts sent directly from each institution attended.
  • Acceptance by the School of Graduate and Adult Education

MASM Curriculum:
The MASM curriculum offers students two options for completing the degree program:
1. A thesis option
2. A project and internship option

All students must complete the following:
Sport Management Core
(3hrs) ED 534: Understanding and Using Research Methods and Techniques
(3hrs) MASA 553:  PR and Technology in Sport
(3hrs) MASA 555:  Financial Aspects of Sport
(3hrs) MASA 557:  Sport Marketing and Promotions
(3hrs) MASA 559:  Sport Venue and Event Management
(3hrs) MASA 561:  Sport Law and Ethics
(3hrs) PE 591: Organization and Administration of Physical Education and Athletics
(3hrs) MASA 600: Seminar: Issues in Sport and Physical Education
(Pass/fail-no credit) MASA 625 Leadership Portfolio Completion
Total: 24 Hours

Restricted Electives
Choose two of the following:
(3hrs) PE 571: Historical and Socio-cultural Aspects of Physical Education/Sport
(3hrs) HPE 531: Sport and Exercise Psychology
(3hrs) HPE 541: Analysis and Supervision of Teaching in Physical Education and Sport
(3hrs) HPE 543: Advanced Foundations of Teaching and Coaching
(3hrs) MASA 573: Management and Leadership in Sport Seminar
Total: 6 Hours

All students will choose one of the following two options (6 hours total):
Option #1 Internship
(3hrs) MASA 620: Sport Management Internship or Elective Course
Students will submit a proposal to the Sport Management Internship Coordinator stating whether they intend to engage in a 225 hour internship or enroll in an elective course depending on past administrative experiences.
(3hrs) MASA 630: Sport Management Project and Comprehensive Exam

Students choosing this option will complete a research project  that will culminate in a comprehensive written and oral exam.

Option #2 Thesis
(6hrs) MASA 631: Sport Management Thesis

Total: 6 Hours

Total Program: 36 Hours

Program completion requirements:
Candidates for the Master of Arts in Sport Management  must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work in accordance with the prescribed program of study with an overall grade point average of 3.00 (B) or higher and no grade below a “C.” An approved project or thesis must be completed. Students are allowed up to six years from the date of official acceptance to complete the program.

Dr. John Acquaviva, Associate Professor of Sport Sciences
Florida State University

Dr. Dennis Johnson, Associate Professor of Sport Sciences
University of North Carolina Greensboro

Dr. Travis Teague, Dean and Professor of Sport Sciences
Middle Tennessee State University