Master of Arts in Sport Management

Degree Program

We are excited to announce that the Graduate Program in Sport Management is officially set to become a fully online program, commencing in Fall 2024. This updated program offers a flexible schedule for a healthier work/school/life balance as well as internships and other networking opportunities. Please note the application window will remain open until June 1, 2024. 

CSULB’s master degree program in Sport Management provides a solid foundation in the business of sport resulting in meaningful employment. This accelerated 18-month program incorporates a rigorous curriculum, experienced faculty, and a prestigious Program Advisory Committee. Courses are scheduled to fit your busy schedule with each eight-week course offered one evening per week and two Saturdays. Upon completion of this 36-unit program, individuals will be prepared to work in the sports industry in a variety of settings, including professional, fitness, college and scholastic organizations, private businesses, and academic institutions.

This program is offered by CSULB's Department of Kinesiology, in partnership with the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPaCE).

Please Note:

  • Out-of-state students who do not reside in California are not eligible to enroll in this fully online program. For more information, visit The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).
  • Students enrolled in this program are eligible for some forms of financial aid, with the exception of the State University Grant (SUG) and Cal Vet College Fee Waiver.  
  • GI Bill benefits can be used for this program. Click here to learn more about eligibility, rates, and other details.
  • New graduates who wish to pursue employment opportunities in the sport and athletics industry
  • Professionals from the sport and athletics industry who desire advanced management skill/knowledge and who are seeking advancement in their organization
  • Fitness managers
  • Past and present athletes who want to pursue a career in the sport and athletics industry
  • Regular course meeting times and locations
  • Complete your Master's degree in 18 months
  • One-on-one advising and program counseling
  • Practical application of important concepts through high-profile internships and the participation and management of athletic and sporting events
  • The most affordable yet comprehensive program of its kind in Southern California
  • A focus on career development and sport business skills allows students to plan for the future and achieve their goals in the sport and athletics industry
  • Networking opportunities with working professionals
  • A distinguished CSULB faculty comprised of a dedicated team of professionals and academic leaders
  • Program is evaluated and supported by a highly prestigious and diverse Advisory Committee
  • Financial Aid available
  • Management and leadership
  • Research methods
  • Sport in U.S. culture
  • Sport marketing, fundraising, and development
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Facility planning
  • Event management fieldwork
  • Financial and fiscal development
  • Human resources
  • Measurements and statistical analysis

The Sport Management program balances theory with the practical side of the sport industry, and provides students with three internship opportunities, which often lead to careers. In this video, Nina Cash visits the San Diego Hall of Champions and talks to graduates of the program, who say that it prepares students for real-world experience in a competitive but rewarding industry.

CSULB Sport Management

Emma Heeger

"The generosity I experienced from people connected to the program was what got me where I am today. I was able to talk with so many professionals and pick their brains on the sports industry."

Emma Heeger Master of Arts in Kinesiology, Option in Sport Management