Sport Management (MS)


Build expertise in sport management, including sport marketing, finance, administration, and facility management, to prepare for careers in athletics administration.

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Program Availability

The Online MS in Sport Management is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories) and Canada. The program is closed to students residing in countries outside the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Why Earn a Master of Science in Sport Management at Indiana State?

The Online Sport Management MS program combines your passion for athletics with advanced, hands-on graduate education that prepares you for impactful professional and leadership roles within the booming sports industry.

Explore the Business of Sports

At every level, amateur or professional, sports is business. The Sport Management MS program at Indiana State teaches the practice and principles of athletics administration, which include event planning, marketing and revenue generation, finance, public relations, team management, executive leadership, sport law, and many other related topics.

Earn a Flexible Degree on Your Schedule

The online graduate program in Sport Management is available for working professionals with experience in public or private organizations who now seek a graduate-level degree to further career opportunities. Most students complete the degree within five semesters (including a summer term), with some finishing in 12 months.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport maintain strong relationships with sport industry professionals. Their connections can help you discover internships and job opportunities. Classes in the Online Sport Management MS are taught by a full-time professor who provides guidance and mentorship.

What You’ll Learn in the Online Sport Management MS Program

The Online MS in Sport Management includes 30 credit hours of online instruction in all areas of athletics administration and leadership. This includes sport finance; sport marketing; assessment in sport management; sport facility design; sport law and risk management; sport media relations; and organizational leadership.

The program culminates in a capstone class that allows you to build on your coursework with a meaningful experience personalized to your unique interests and career aspirations, such as an internship, a research project, or a semester-long project or activity.


Financial Assistance and Scholarships

Most students accepted into the Online Sport Management MS program receive some form of financial assistance, which is renewable each year. Scholarships that waive tuition and fees, exclusive of building and student service fees, are also available.

Career Possibilities for Sport Management MS Graduates

Graduate students in the Online Sport Management MS program at Indiana State are prepared for professional careers in private and public sports, wellness, and recreation organizations. Our graduates are employed by professional sports teams, intercollegiate athletic programs, health and fitness clubs, community sports organizations, wellness centers, governing bodies, non-profit entities, marketing agencies, event management companies, campus recreation programs, and interscholastic athletic programs.

Sport management professor and Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport chair Matt Blaszka, PhD, enjoys working with students on case study projects and other learning activities.

Meet Dr. Matt Blaszka

“I love doing this every day. I love what I do working with students, helping them, and watching them grow from freshman year to seniors and beyond. The field continues to grow and there are a lot of opportunities, both locally and nationally, to get involved. Students often say that their first love is sports, and this is a way for them to see the other side, big events and different aspects of the field.” – Matt Blaszka, PhD

Read Blaszka’s story.


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Admission Requirements and Instructions

Enrollment is accepted for fall, spring, and summer semesters. To ensure consideration, all materials must be submitted by August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, and May 1 for summer admission. All students seeking admission to the online Sport Management MS graduate program must apply and be accepted as a graduate student by Indiana State University. Applicants are considered for admission based on academic background, a personal statement, and other materials submitted with the application.

Application Instructions 

The following are application instructions and deadlines for the online Sport Management MS program.

How to Apply  

Complete your online application for program admission at  

Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the college attended to: Graduate Admissions, Indiana State University, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809. E-transcripts should be sent to  

Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $45.00 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) or $65.00 (international students) payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University. Submit payment to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809. 

Submit the following as part of the online application process.

  • Upload a personal statement essay describing your research interests, academic career goals, experience in the field of sport management, and how graduate school will help you reach your career goals. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for Graduate Assistantship funding and a tuition fee waiver.
  • A current curriculum vitae

Applications for the online Sport Management MS program are accepted year-round. To be assured of consideration, all materials must be submitted by August 1 for fall admission, by December 1 for spring admission, and by May 1 for summer admission. All materials must be received by the deadlines. Applications and application materials received after the deadlines will not be considered for admission for the coming term.

Next Steps 

Once admitted, students receive notification from the University as well as their University ID number needed to activate their University Username on the MyISU Portal. The Portal offers access to online registration, University records, and other important University services, including email and University announcements.

Note: Returning ISU students must apply for re-admission if they have not attended Indiana State University for more than two calendar years.