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  • Online Master’s in Sports Business Degree Program

    Master of Science in Sport Business

    Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business’s online Master’s in Sport Business prepares you to lead in the constantly changing sports industry. Whether your goal is to work with college athletes as an athletic administrator, or your interests lie in the business side of sports, you’ll be given the tools and connections you need to stand out in the job market. The curriculum covers sport media, economics, marketing and sales, law, and event management, giving you a solid foundation across the industry.

    To help support your MS in Sport Business, you have the option of adding a graduate minor. Minors are available in areas like athletic administration and business analytics.

    Any of the online business degrees can also be paired as a dual degree such as an MBA/MS Sport Business, or an MS Business Analytics/MS Sport Business, with shared coursework usually through elective credits.

    MS in Sport Business Program Features

    • Learn from industry-leading faculty who have deep-rooted connections
    • An optional summer residency features tours, guest speakers, and industry networking opportunities
    • Get unique exposure to franchises in all four major league sports teams as well as other international sport organizations
    • The online format enables you to learn on your own schedule from anywhere, so you’ll have more time to commit to your career and personal life

    What is an MS in Sport Business?

    An MS in Sport Business is designed to help you land your dream job in today’s multi-billion-dollar sport industry. By seamlessly integrating the sports application of law, economics and finance, marketing, media, and promotions with a top-notch business curriculum, the Drexel LeBow program offers a practical foundation for careers in professional or college sports, or with sport marketing firms, sport agencies, and other sport organizations.

    In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to:

    • Utilize economic analysis and the latest technology to study sports markets, league organization, the finance of sport, and more
    • Develop the ability to plan, design, implement, and evaluate sport programs
    • Explore human resources, policy development, and the management functions necessary for the effective management of sport organizations
    • Develop an understanding of the legal standards, principles, and practices within the world of sports

    What are the Requirements and Skills Needed for an MS in Sport Business?

    The admissions criteria for this master’s degree includes a bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. It’s also recommended that you have at least two years of prior work experience, even if it is not in this field.

    How Long Does It Take to Earn a Master’s Degree in Sport Business?

    Drexel LeBow’s online MS in Sport Business degree is a 45-credit program, with the option of transferring up to 15 quarter credits from an accredited institution. The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. You can earn your degree in as little as 24 months.

    What Can You Do with a Master’s Degree in Sport Business?

    Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue a variety of positions within sports organizations in finance, analytics, marketing, media, management, operations, events, sales, sponsorships, and more. Some common job titles include:

    • Athletic Director
    • Salary Cap Analyst
    • Sports Agent / Advisor
    • Sports Marketing and Promotions Manager

    What Salary Can You Earn with a Master’s Degree in Sport Business?

    Once you’ve earned your degree, you’ll command a competitive sports management salary. Salaries vary based on location and job title, but here are some sample job titles and national salary averages:

    Job Title

    Annual Median Wage*

    Athletic Director


    Salary Cap / Financial Analyst


    Sports Agent / Advisor


    Sports Marketing and Promotions Manager


    *Data from www.workinsports.com

    Related Programs

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    This program is not currently AACSB accredited.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You may transfer up to 15 quarter credits from an accredited institution. 

    Business Core *  
    BUSN 501 Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance 3.0
    MGMT 601 Managing the Total Enterprise 3.0
    or ORGB 625 Leadership and Professional Development
    STAT 601 Business Statistics 3.0
    Sport Business Core  
    SMT 601 Sports Industry Management 3.0
    SMT 602 Sport Law 3.0
    SMT 603 Sports Marketing 3.0
    or MKTG 601 Marketing Strategy & Planning
    SMT 604 Sport Media & Technology 3.0
    or SMT 608 Sport Media & Public Relations
    SMT 605 Sports Economics 3.0
    SMT 606 Social Issues in Sport 3.0
    SMT 621 Leadership in Sport Management 3.0
    or ORGB 640 Negotiations for Leaders
    Experiential Component 3.0
    Choose one of the following:  
    SMT 630
    Sports Industry Practicum  
    SMT 699
    Project/Research Thesis  
    INTB 790
    Seminar in International Business  
    SMT I699
    Independent Study in SMT  
    Sport Business Electives or Graduate Minor ** 12.0
    SMT 609
    Sports Ticket Sales & Strategies  
    SMT 610
    Seminar on Sports Research  
    SMT 611
    Corporate Sponsorship Sales & Strategies in Sport  
    SMT 612
    Development & Fundraising Strategies in Sport  
    SMT 618
    NCAA Compliance  
    SMT 622
    Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining in Sport  
    SMT 623
    Sports Facility Management  
    SMT 625
    Sports Promotion and Sales  
    SMT 627
    Sports Tournaments & Events  
    SMT 633
    Sport Tourism Strategies  
    SMT 635
    Sport Facilities & Event Management  
    SMT 640
    Consumer Behavior in Sport  
    SMT 645
    Gridiron Glory  
    SMT 648
    Gender Equity in High School & College Sports  
    SMT 650
    Sports Contracts  
    SMT 655
    March Madness: The Economics, History, & Social Impact of the NCAA Basketball Tournaments  
    SMT T580
    Special topics in SMT  
    SMT T680
    Special topics in SMT  
    SMT T780
    Special topics in SMT  
    Total Credits 45.0

    *2.0 credit course substitutions require advisor approval
    **Additional electives outside the department may be approved by your advisor

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 preferred
    • Two years of prior work experience is recommended

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation - One academic and one professional preferred
    • A 1,000 word personal essay including:
      • Information regarding your background and experience in the sports industry
      • A summary of your professional career interests and goals
      • A discussion of your personal strengths
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Optional Documents

    To make your application more competitive, you may elect to submit graduate level placement exam scores, like GRE or GMAT. If scores are submitted they will be considered as part of your application package.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $949 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1265 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

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    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 4, 2021

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    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

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    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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