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2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
  Jul 16, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Sport and Entertainment Management, Ph.D.

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The Ph.D. program in Sport and Entertainment Management is designed to meet the demand by the industry and educational institutions for high quality academicians with a sport and entertainment management background. Students will be given the opportunity to generate industry-specific knowledge through exposure to and participation in academic research with a dicipline-specific application. Subsequently, as professors, they will be equipped to disseminate such knowledge to the public and industry stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of all core coursework, students will be familiar with key research in the areas of sport andentertainment management, marketing, finance and law. 
  • Students will have the necessarily skills to lead and conduct their own research projects, and be able to cooperate with, or support other scholars in their scholarly endeavors.  
  • Students will acquire skills needed to teach in a college setting. 

Degree Requirements

The Program is based on a three-year period of residential study beyond completion of a Master’s degree in sport and entertainment management or a related field. It will consist of a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree in the following four areas: (1) Core Seminars, (2) Statistics/Research Core, (3) Cognate(s), and (4) Dissertation.


Students who have not had prior exposure to the sport and entertainment industry through a related undergraduate or graduate degree are required to enroll in a 15-hour Prerequisite Core. Courses in this core are:


These courses may be waived for those with prior academic exposure or significant industry experiences.

Program of Study

The Program will expose students to advanced and current research being conducted in the sport and entertainment industry. A substantial portion of the coursework will consist of courses that focus on research methodology and statistical analysis techniques. These courses are designed to develop students’ critical analysis skills while serving as the basis for developing a sustainable research agenda.

Because the department’s unique focus on both sport and entertainment management (as opposed to only sport management), students will develop a distinct and more holistic understanding of both sport management and entertainment management and be better positioned in the academic job market in that the breadth of their training should make them qualified for either sport-specific or entertainment-specific positions within those programs.

Statistics/Research Core (15 Hours)

  • Two Research Methods courses (one of which must be qualitative) (6 hours)
  • Three Statistics courses (9 hours)

Cognate(s) (12 Hours)

The students should specialize in their chosen area of research interest. At least 6 hours of course work must be taken outside the SPTE Department.

Dissertation (18 Hours)

A minimum of 18 credit hours will constitute the dissertation, which provides students with the opportunity to identify and rigorously analyze a relevant issue within their specialized field, with an aim toward generation of original knowledge.

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