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Welcome to the Graduate Sport Management Program!
The Sport Management Graduate Specialization at San Jose State University is housed in the Department of Kinesiology within the College of Health & Human Sciences. There are approximately 100 graduate students in the department, including a cohort of roughly 15 Sport Management students that are accepted into the program annually. Students from a variety of disciplines (e.g., Business, Hospitality, Kinesiology, Sociology, etc) are encouraged to apply.
A major focus of the program is to develop culturally informed professionals capable of management and leadership across the many sport industry professions. In addition, the balance between applied research and practical experiences ensures that our graduates have a deep and transferable knowledge base as they enter the job market, as well as potentially influencing sport scholarship by pursuing higher levels of education.
Why MS KIN at SJSU?
- Link your passion with future scholarship and/or employment
- Advance your knowledge through a student-developed program of study developed to meet your goals
- Complete a graduate project or thesis culminating activity
- Gain hands-on experience at an internship site
- Study in one of the largest and most vibrant cities in the United States
- Internationally published and recognized faculty
- Strategic Location: Access to professional, collegiate, and community sport organizations, as well as influential companies outside the traditional sport scope.
- Student developed, goal-focused, programs of study.
- Internships with Bay Area sport organizations.
Program Entry Requirements
- 3.0 GPA in last 60 semester units, (2.75 and above considered)
- Complete Cal State Apply Application
- Two letters of recommendation
Coursework At a Glance
The program consists of 30 units, which typically breaks down into ten, three unit courses (see curriculum). The program course requirements are as follows:
Core Courses: KIN 250 (Fundamentals of Quantitative Research in Kinesiology) & KIN 251 (Fundamentals of Qualitative Research in Kinesiology)
Sport Management Courses: KIN 281 (Legal Aspects of Sport), KIN 282 (Marketing & Social Aspects of Sport), KIN 283 (Management, Leadership, & Communication in Sport), and KIN 284 (Financial Aspects of Sport), KIN 280 (Advanced Fieldwork)
Master's Project: (KIN 298: 3 Units) or Thesis (KIN 299: 6 units). For their final projects or theses, students have produced a variety of high-quality work, including the development of sport focused business plans, manuals, and research projects.
Electives: Depending on the culminating activity chosen (thesis/project) students will complete 3 or 6 units of elective coursework. Aside from classes housed in the Department of Kinesiology, students will often look to classes housed with the Lucas College of Business to fulfill their elective requirements.
Students will graduate with a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology.
Our students engage in high-quality internship opportunities across the greater SF
Bay Area and beyond, highlighted by partnerships with local professional and university
The goal of the Sport Management Specialization is to prepare graduate students for a variety of positions in the major sports industry segments:
- Professional Sport
- Intercollegiate Athletics
- Interscholastic Athletics
- Youth and Community Sport
- Sport Tourism
- Health and Fitness
- International Sport
- Event and Facility Management
- Sports Governing Bodies and Associations
- Sport Media
Tyler Barton, '19, BA '16 Assistant
Director, Events and Operations Stanford Athletics
Sydney Carden, '20 Operations -
Manager, Young Life Asia Pacific
"The Sport Management program at SJSU gave me a wonderful opportunity to further my education in the sport industry. The department is full of professors who are deeply experienced, knowledgeable, and always willing to help students.
My time at SJSU left me with lifelong friendships, a cherished educational experience, and connections in sports all over the world."
Ivanna Anderson-Villela, '24
"My experience in the Sport Management program at San José State University is everything I wanted it to be and more. The faculty truly care about the students and do an incredible job developing students through a combination of theoretical and practical learning. My time at SJSU has changed my career path for the better!"
Sport Management Faculty: