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  • Online Master’s in Sport 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 Can I Afford an MS in Sport Business?

    While the cost of earning a master’s degree can be daunting, Drexel’s LeBow College of Business is committed to making it affordable for qualified applicants. Please visit the tuition page to learn more about scholarship opportunities available for this program as well as other cost savings programs.

    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
    ORGB 511 Leading in Dynamic Environments: A Personal, Relational, and Strategic Approach 3.0
    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
    SMT 605 Sports Economics 3.0
    SMT 606 Social Issues in Sport 3.0
    SMT 608 Sport Media & Public Relations 3.0
    Experiential Component 3.0
    Choose one of the following:
    BUSN 615
    Graduate Internship
    INTB 790
    International Business Seminar and Residency
    MGMT 680
    Leading for Innovation
    MGMT 715
    Business Consulting
    MIS 652
    Business Agility and IT
    ORGB 640
    Negotiations for Leaders
    SMT 621
    Leadership in Sport Management
    SMT 630
    Sports Industry Practicum
    Electives or Graduate Minor (Choose Five)
    BLAW 646
    Legal Issues in New Ventures
    ECON 650
    Business & Economic Strategy: Game Theory & Applications
    FIN 601
    Corporate Financial Management
    FIN 642
    Business Conditions and Forecasting
    FIN 648
    International Financial Management
    MKTG 601
    Marketing Strategy & Planning
    MKTG 606
    Customer Analytics
    MKTG 607
    Marketing Experiments
    MKTG 622
    Buyer Behavior Theory
    MKTG 630
    Global Marketing
    MKTG 654
    Corporate Brand & Reputation Management
    OPR 601
    Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
    POM 610
    Supply Chain Management I
    SMT 609
    Sports Ticket Sales & Strategies
    SMT 611
    Corporate Sponsorship Sales & Strategies in Sport
    SMT 612
    Development & Fundraising Strategies in Sport
    SMT 615
    Introduction to the College Sport Industry
    SMT 618
    NCAA Compliance
    SMT 622
    Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining in Sport
    SMT 625
    Sports Promotion and Sales
    SMT 626
    Globalization of Sport
    SMT 627
    Sports Tournaments & Events
    SMT 629
    Managing Coaches & Teams
    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 T680
    Special topics in Sport Management
    STAT 610
    Statistics for Business Analytics
    STAT 632
    Datamining for Managers
    STAT 634
    Quality & Six-Sigma
    Total Credits 45.0

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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
    • One letter of recommendation
    • 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 2024-2025 is $1265 per credit.

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • 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.
      • 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.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    To assist students in their achievement, the LeBow College of Business offers scholarship opportunities* to highly-qualified applicants. You will automatically be considered for the following:

    Merit Based Scholarships
    With the support of alumni, the LeBow College of Business offers the Alumni Merit Scholarship to top applicants in the MBA and MS programs. Scholarship consideration is based on your application, focusing strongly on academic achievement, professional experience, unique personal attributes, and/or GMAT/GRE exam scores, if submitted. There is no separate application for this scholarship opportunity.

    Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarship
    The JEDI Scholarship recognizes individual student achievements and contributions within their personal or professional communities. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

    • You have demonstrated excellent contributions and achievements to further social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in their professional and/or personal communities

    There is no separate application, however, please showcase the following when prompted to do so on the application:

    • Your passion for pursuing social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
    • Your work to support the personal or professional development of underrepresented groups

    *Scholarships may be offered in addition to any other applicable tuition savings. Scholarship deadlines are subject to application deadlines. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available for graduate business students. 


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