Welcome to the website for the Sports Business Management Graduate program at The University of Alabama. Our faculty members within the College of Human Environmental Sciences have developed a 30-hour graduate level emphasis in Sports Business Management designed to give prospective sport professionals a solid foundation for success in a variety of career functions in the Sport Industry.
We look forward to meeting and discussing UA graduate school options with you. If you have any additional questions regarding the program that are not covered on this site, please contact our program director, Dr. Ken Wright.
Careers in Sport Management
The Olympic Movement
-The International Olympic Committee & United States Olympic Committee - National sport governing bodies - Various state governing bodies
State and City Sports Commissions
- City & state government sport agencies - Parks & recreation departments
Sports Equipment and Supply industry
- Nike, Reebok, Adidas, New Balance - Sporting Goods Manufacturer's Association
- National Football League - Major League Baseball - National Basketball Association - Women's National Basketball Association - National Hockey League - Major League Soccer
Colleges and Universities
- League or conference offices ( NCAA) - Individual institutions
Sport Marketing Agencies
- International Management Group (IMG) - Creative Artists Agency (CAA) - ProServ - Advantage International
Stadiums and Arenas
- Management positions - Marketing & public relations - Design & development
- Creating & implementing sports events for sponsors - Consulting on existing events
Individual Sports Associations
- PGA Tour - LPGA Tour - United States Tennis Association - Motor Sports - NASCAR - Indy Racing League
A 30-hour interdisciplinary academic course curriculum is used to prepare our students for success in a wide variety of sport industry careers. The University of Alabama Sports Business Management Graduate Program has met the rigorous curriculum standards for Master’s level curricula set forth by the Sport Management Program Review Council (SMPRC). Additionally, the program is endorsed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).
The program includes:
A design to educate students with theoretical knowledge of the sport industry while giving them opportunities to apply that theoretical knowledge in a real world setting.
A chance to meet and interact with high-level sport industry professionals surrounding the program not only on faculty but also on our Leadership Council and through our Distinguished Lecture Series each semester.
Admission into the College of Human Environmental Science (CHES) Sports Business Management Graduate Program is a competitive two-fold process. Each applicant must meet the requirements of The University of Alabama (UA) Graduate School AND the Sports Business Management program criteria in order to be admitted into the program. Because of the limited number of places in the program, not every student whose credentials meet the stated qualitative standards will be enrolled. To assist in facilitating a quality learning experience, enrollment in this graduate program is limited. You can begin the application process and see the checklist of UA Graduate School document and fee requirements online at www.graduate.ua.edu. When submitting the Graduate School application, choose General Human Environmental Science as the course of study. In addition, applicants must enter “Sports Business Management” in the field labeled “Specialty” on the online application form.
CHES Sports Business Management Program Criteria:
Compliance with required UA graduate school admission procedures (standardized test score required for candidates with a GPA lower than 3.0/4.0)
IN ADDITION to The University of Alabama Graduate School requirements, candidates are required to send the following items directly to the Sports Business Management program director, Dr. Ken Wright:
Three Letters of Recommendation (at least one required from the following: academic professor, sport industry professional, etc.)
Documentation of relevant professional experience in the sport industry, detailing where you worked, including supervisor contact information, time commitment, and responsibilities.
Interview with Selection Committee
For Example: Worked with the event management staff at The University of Alabama Athletic Department. My direct supervisor was (name) and they can be reached at (phone number or email). My professional activities included (state specific duties, responsibilities, and number of hours acquired).
Deadlines for application:
* Summer & Fall Semester: June 1
* Spring Semester: November 1
All application materials listed on the UA Graduate School website and program specific materials listed above MUST be turned in to The Graduate School and to the Sports Business Management Program Director at the addresses listed below.
The University of Alabama – Graduate School, Box 870118, Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0118 (205-348-5921); office; 205-348-0400 fax; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Due to the high volume of applicants, the limited number of accepted students, and the highly competitive process, students waiting until the deadline to apply may find that there are no places left in the program for the semester desired.
Dr. Ken Wright, Professor & Director Dr. Melvin Lewis, Assistant Professor Dr. Reuben Cook, Assistant Professor
Ms. Jenna Swain, Graduate Assistant