Program of Study for the On-Campus M.S. in Sport Management

You must complete an original research project and write either a thesis or a report under the supervision of a faculty member to obtain an M.S. in Sport Management. Those of you wishing to pursue a Ph.D. after the masters are encouraged to write a thesis. 

Meet with your advisor if you interested in applying to the M.S. program to discuss the process in the fall semester of Year One. The student/advisor relationship is critical to the success of this program, so you must be approved by your advisor and program director to pursue this track. Advisors are under no obligation to supervise M.S. students if the proposed research project is untenable.  Once accepted, the following programs of study governs the completion of the M.S. in Sport Management.

Both thesis and report students take the same five required core courses as M.Ed. students. The remaining 21 hours vary depending on whether you are writing a thesis or report. Three hours of upper-division undergraduate coursework is permitted.

M.S. in Sport Management Core Curriculum (15 hours)

  • KIN 395 Sport Marketing (Fall Year One)
  • KIN 395 Managing People & Organizations (Fall Year One)
  • KIN 395 Legal Issues in Sport (Fall Year One)
  • KIN 395 Ethics in Sport (Spring Year One)
  • KIN 395 Strategic Management for Sport (Fall Year Two)

M.S. With Thesis:  Degree Specific Coursework (21 hours)

Six elective hours may be taken outside the department.

  • KIN 395 Sport Policy, or KIN Sport and International Relations, or KIN Sport Development, or KIN 395 History of the Sport Industry in America,  or KIN 395, Sport Analytics (Any open semester) 
  • A Statistics Course Approved by the Advisor (counts as an out-of-department class) 
  • KIN 396T—Directed Research (Spring or Summer of Year One)
  • KIN 386 Qualitative Research Methods for PCSS or: KIN 386 Proposal Writing 
  • KIN 698 A & B Thesis Courses (Taken in separate semesters for 6 hours total credit)
  • A 3-Hour Elective Approved by Your Advisor (may be KIN, or outside the department)

M.S. With Report: Degree Specific Coursework (21 hours)

Six elective hours may be taken outside the department.

  • KIN 395 Sport Policy, or KIN Sport and International Relations, or KIN Sport Development, or History of the Sport Industry in America (Any open semester) or KIN 395 Sport Analytics (Any open semester) 
  • A Statistics Course Approved by the Advisor (counts as an out-of-department class) 
  • KIN 396T—Directed Research (Spring Year One or Fall Year Two)
  • KIN 386 Qualitative Research Methods for PCSS or: KIN 386 Proposal Writing 
  • KIN 398R Report (Year Two)
  • 6 Hours of Electives, Approved by Your Advisor  

Thesis Timeline & Expectations

Spring Semester of Year One or Summer Following Year One: Enroll in KIN 396T—Directed Research.  

In that semester, your primary assignment will be the completion of a 20+ page literature review relevant to your proposed topic. The literature review should conclude with a discussion of gaps in the literature and suggested research questions inspired by those gaps.  It is expected that the literature review will draw on sport management literature and as many other outside fields as needed to properly understand the topic.  No more than 10% of the articles used for the literature review may be articles that solely discuss research methods.  The literature review will be read and graded by both readers assigned to your thesis committee.   

Assignment Two. During the writing of the literature review, students should begin thinking more specifically about the kind of research they hope to do—and discuss research methods with your faculty readers.  After faculty input, the student will submit a two to three-page summary of the proposed research. 

Assignment Three. The final document to be submitted for the course is a draft of the IRB application for your project (if required by UT human subjects research guidelines).

Fall of Year Two: Enroll in Thesis A: If the lit review is acceptable and faculty approves the proposed project—the student will be allowed to enroll in Thesis A in the fall semester of Year Two.  In Thesis A, the IRB application must be submitted no later than September 10 (which means you may need to keep working on it during the summer), and once approved, research begins.  Students should stay in touch with faculty throughout the research process and provide written updates on work completed on September 30, October 30, and November 30. 

Note: All research/data collection should be essentially completed by January 15 so that the focus on Thesis B is limited to writing and formatting.

Spring of Year Two: Enroll in Thesis B—for Second Semester of Year 2:  

Draft of revised lit review, introduction, and section on research question and methods must be turned in to faculty for review by February 15th.  Faculty will return the drafts no later than March 1.

Full thesis should be submitted to faculty by April 1.  If thesis is not essentially complete by April 1 (so that readers can clearly see the scope and direction of the project) student will be given an automatic incomplete and asked to complete it in summer. WE WILL NOT WORK WITH YOU ON A HURRIED LAST-MINUTE COMPLETION.  Readers will do their best to read the thesis by April 15, at which time point the student will be told if he/she is to prepare for masters presentations.

Masters presentations are held on the last Friday of the semester and are mandatory.  You will prepare a PowerPoint presentation, prepare a 10-15-minute talk, and you must practice the presentation before your faculty readers before the Friday presentation to the entire faculty.