Sport Management

Our Sport Management graduate program prepares students to work in nearly every facet of organized sports. With a focus on the business side of sports, students learn the culture that leads to a successful professional organization. Students will be enrolled in courses that cover aspects of marketing, event planning, ethics, law and history. Our students come from diverse backgrounds of study with a passion for sport management that allows them to excel in their careers.

A large component of the Sport Management program is the emphasis on student internships. Austin has many great opportunities for students to work with professional sports teams, as well as helping students find opportunities within UT’s athletic department.

The Sport Management program offers either a non-thesis M.Ed., or an M.S. with a thesis. Applicants are encouraged to enter as an M.Ed. and will have the opportunity to discuss research options with faculty before easily switching to an M.S. Students interested in a Ph.D. who plan to work in Sport Management should consider a degree in Physical Culture and Sport Studies.

The Online Advantage

The Sports Management program also offers an online master's degree (M.Ed.). The online degree is flexible, and can be completed while continuing your professional career. Classes can be taken from anywhere at your own convenience, and the master's degree can be earned in 2 years.


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Kimberly Beckwith


Teaches courses focusing on physical and strength training as well as sport history and culture.

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Matthew Bowers

Clinical Assistant Professor

Examines the management of systems for athlete development, including how different sport settings influence performance and participation over the lifespan.

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Thomas Hunt

Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor

Examines the intersection of sport and international political history.

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Tolga Ozyurtcu

Clinical Assistant Professor

Studies the sociocultural dimensions of sport and physical culture.

Emily Sparvero

Emily Sparvero

Clinical Assistant Professor

Focuses on the development of sport policies and the ways in which professional sport teams can be leveraged to generate economic, social, and tourism benefits for host communities.

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Jan Todd


Specializes in the history of strength and conditioning, doping, women and sport, and physical culture; directs the Ph.D. program in Physical Culture and Sport Studies and the Masters program in Sport Management.

Affiliated Faculty

John Hoberman


Studies the culture of professional sports including race relations, Olympic politics, and the use of performance enhancing drugs.

Labs and Research Areas

Physical Culture and Sport Studies at the Stark Center

The world’s most extensive collection of materials, books, journals, and artifacts covering topics of sport training, history, philosophy, art and sociology.

Sport + Development Lab

An innovative network of research groups and practitioners working to advance the development of sport systems and sport’s impact on individuals and communities.