This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the field of sport management. Various topics related to sport management and related fields will be discussed. Students must enroll in this course during their first semester of graduate school.
This course requires students to utilize statistical fundamentals, analyses, and interpretation of statistics. Statistical information includes, but is not limited to, sampling, hypothesis testing, regression, frequency distributions, t-tests, parametric and non-parametric statistical techniques, multivariate data analysis (MANOVA), and others using SPSS and other statistical software.
This course examines sport as a global phenomenon and will investigate historical, cultural, economic, and governance perspectives from around the globe. A requirement of this course is participation in Study Abroad.
The course is designed to provide students with an in-depth awareness and understanding of legal responsibilities of sport managers, coaches, and administrators. Emphasis will be placed upon critically analyzing the legal theories, structures, statutes, case law, and standards that apply to the sport industry and that impact sport organizations. Substantive legal areas include tort, constitutional, antitrust, intellectual property, agency, contract, and business law.
Sport organizations are required to ensure safety and, as a result, they may be held liable for injuries. While safety and risk management are not viewed as being overly complicated, the specific understanding of safety principles and risk management decisions that assist sport managers to provide reasonably safe environments may be more problematic. This class will examine various theories of risk management as managerial functions in modern sport organizations as applied, but not limited to negligence, premises liability, product liability, financial considerations, and harassment.
In this course students will study the basic concepts, theories and organization of administration including financial management as applied to sport, physical education, and recreation.
This course is designed to provide students with information concerning advanced theory in finance, accounting, and managerial control of budgets.
This course explores principles, methods, and strategies for planning, designing, evaluating, and applying research in sport and/or related fields. A grade of “B” or better is required. Prerequisites: SM 6600 Foundations of Sport Management and a total of 18 hours of SM courses.
This course assists students in understanding past and contemporary trends in economics and sport economics research. In addition, major economic concepts and frameworks related to and outside of sport are researched and discussed.
This course focuses on the advanced recognition, discussion, and systematic review and analyses of sociological and ethical issues in sport. Topics discussed will include but are not limited to: the development of sport and the sports industry; the political and cultural significance of sport; the part played by sport in international relationships; the relationship between sport, gender, class and ethnicity; a range of sports-related issues such as health, drugs, and violence, and the management of sports activities both in educational establishments and in the wider society.
Study of problem or problems using research technique. Selection of problem must be approved by student’s adviser, instructor under whom the study is to be made, and the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies. The study should contribute to the student’s program. Preparation of a scholarly paper is required and may involve an oral defense. Total credit for any combination of enrollments in these courses may not exceed six semester hours. A specialized study may be substituted for a required course only once in a student’s program. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
Throughout this course students will develop skills in working with descriptive and inferential statistics as well as modeling techniques and data visualization through the use of the R programming language to explore issues and challenges present in sport business settings. Students will discuss and analyze topics in sport through the use of cutting-edge data analytics approaches.
This course focuses on the recognition, discussion, and systematic analysis of controversial issues and problems encountered in the conduct of professional activities in sport.
This course examines the sport consumer as a decision maker by reviewing their social, cultural, and psychological influences on purchasing decision-making processes. Also, this course allows for students to gain an in depth review of such influences emphasizing their implications for marketing strategies.
Students in this course will explore and apply communication theories to the sport industry. Emphasis will be on the examination of public and media relations with a special focus on organizational communication to external and internal publics.
The purpose of this course is to teach the sports manager how to create a marketing plan. The emphasis is on following a ten-step procedure designed primarily for the non-profit sector and learning the theoretical base required to complete the process accurately and proficiently.
This course is designed to provide the student with information concerning the planning, design, organization, and administration of sport and recreational facilities, with an added emphasis on event management.
This course focuses on management of human resources within sport and physical activity organizations. The course will explore the organizational processes of job design, staffing, leadership, performance appraisal, and reward systems. Desired out-comes of job satisfaction are examined along with organizational commitment. Prerequisite: SM 6600
This course will explore the contemporary trends in revenue generation of professional and amateur sport teams and programs. The course will analyze and produce skills essential to the revenue production and sales process commonly found in business and sport business.
The course is designed for the student with a vocational interest in athletic coaching within the educational environment. Psychological theories will be applied to the teaching of sports skills and the development of individuals into efficient team units.
The course examines ethical matters and issues relating to sport and physical activity.
The course provides students with an awareness and understanding of basic concepts and problems in starting a business.
This course is designed to give graduate students an understanding of the history, purposes, fundamental policies, and administrative organization of the NCAA. The student will gain sufficient working knowledge of the Operating Bylaws of the NCAA Manual and learn to apply NCAA rules and regulations to compliance related scenarios. In addition the student will learn the basic principles of institutional control of an intercollegiate athletics program and the basic components and applications of an institutional compliance program.
A supervised application of the concepts, principles and skills acquired by the students in previous course work. Problems in the area of financial management personnel supervision, fitness management, sport management, and curriculum development will be identified. Students will explore and identify alternative solutions to problems through group interactions. Permission of the instructor is required.
A 400-hour supervised experience in planning, staging and evaluating a formal practicum in related field. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
This course examines the variety of research methods and reporting methods used in sport & fitness management research. Prerequisite: SM 6600, SM 6604, and SM 6617
Independent research related to sport and fitness management topic under the supervision of the student’s advisory committee. A thesis proposal must be approved by the student’s advisory committee. Grading system is Pass/Fail.
Independent research leading to the preparation of a scholarly paper related to sport and fitness management topic under the supervision of the student’s advisory committee. The student’s advisory committee will administer an oral examination covering the research and findings. Grading system is Pass/Fail.
This course examines the fundamentals, analyses, and interpretation of statistics. Statistical information to include sampling, hypothesis testing, regression, frequency distributions, t-tests, parametric/ nonparametric statistical techniques, multivariate data analysis (MANOVA), and others using SPSS and other statistical software.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to broad and practically oriented research design methods within sport management as a social science. This course will also require students to investigate the development and usage of theory and design as they relate to research in sport management. Using this knowledge, students will be able to begin developing their own research agenda by identifying and expanding key questions within the area of interest. A grade of “B” or better is required.
This course further examines the research process, research designs, sampling procedures, and other quantitative and qualitative research procedures. This course will also emphasize the questionnaire development process and development of other data collection procedures. Utilizing this knowledge, students will be able to complete a research study from idea formation to dissemination. Prerequisite: SM 8803
This course is designed to prepare individuals for the research demands of higher education and the sport industry. Emphasis will be given to both scholarly and practical publication and presentation processes including but not limited to: researching appropriate publication and presentation outlets, adhering to publication/presentation requirements, submitting projects according to the respective guidelines, and preparing for oral and poster presentations.
This course provides an introduction to the statistical techniques commonly employed in sport management research. Course topics will include statistical techniques that measure the relationship among variables, determine significance of group differences, predict group membership, and analyze scale structure.
This course will include discussions of current topics and issues impacting sport marketing and its application within the sport management field. Emphasis is on discussion and critical analysis in sport marketing theory, research, education, and current issues relative to social, cultural, political, and ethical issues in sport marketing.
This course is designed to provide students with an advanced appreciation and understanding of financial theories related to sport management. Emphasis is on review, research, discussion and application of financial cases.
This course covers a wide spectrum of organizational behavior and leadership topics and focuses intently on the theoretical evolution and underpinnings of the material and how research could be potentially directed in the future. This course exposes the student to various leadership theories, management principles, and variables, including analysis of the methods and materials commonly utilized by organizational researchers.
This course is designed to provide students with an advanced appreciation and understanding of legal responsibilities of sport managers. Emphasis will be on researching and reviewing legal cases and understanding and applying legal theories to select cases.
This course examines common practice and issues in higher education and sport management pedagogy. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the varying types of institutions, traditional roles and responsibilities within the respective institutions, ethical issues in higher education, research and practice for effective college teaching, the classroom environment, effective instructional formats (online and traditional), and teaching strategies.
This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to explore an area of interest related to his/her selected specialty under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
This course is designed to explore sport management related topics in depth to allow the graduate student to become an “expert” in that topic. Significant preparation, recognition of the topic, research, discussion, and collaboration with peers and colleagues will be required in order to adequately prepare for the submission of a scholarly research paper.
This course provides an introduction to the advanced statistical techniques recently employed in sport management research. Course topics will include Exploratory Factor Analysis, Confirmatory Factor Analysis, and Structure Equation Modeling that systematically evaluate conceptual/theoretical models.
In consultation with the dissertation chair and committee, the student will design and conduct research to complete the aims identified in his/her research proposal, or as modified subsequently, in line with recommendations from the committee. Dissertation credit hours are offered in 3 hour increments. A student may not exceed 9 semester hours within a semester or six semester hours within a term. Prerequisite: Instructor Approval