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   The chief objective of the Master of Science (MS) with a major in Sport Management is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to meet the demands of the job market in the sport industry. Students may enroll in the teacher certification concentration or the non-teacher certification concentration.  Deadline dates for application and receipt of all required application materials for the sport management degree are:  November 1 for spring semester admission, April 1 for summer admission, and July 1 for fall semester admission




Required Application Materials



All of the following documents must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions office, Room 320, Bibb Graves, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602, to be considered for admission:

Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission

  1. Non-refundable $35 application processing fee
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges/universities with degrees posted. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University)
  3. Official test scores on the GRE or the MAT  taken within five years of enrollment
  4. Three “Graduate Reference Forms” completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant’s potential for success in graduate course work. This form is available online at
  5. A professional curriculum vita or resume
  6. A letter of application explaining the applicant’s interest in the field of sport management and delineating the applicant’s career goals
  7. If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report or an IELTS score report (please refer to page 29 of this Bulletin)
  8. For students pursuing the teacher certification option in sport management: copy of the applicant's teaching certificate.  In order to be admitted to the Class A Teacher Certification concentration, applicants need to possess a valid and renewable fourth-year bachelor's level teaching certificate in any are of education or a higher degree and fifth year teaching certification
    1. Unconditional Admission to Class A Programs for Teaching Fields
    2. Requirements for unconditional admission shall include a valid bachelor's - level professional educator certificate in the same teaching field (s) in which the Class A Professional Educator Certificate is sought, except for special education and as prescribed in the rules for Alternative Class A program, English for speakers of other languages, and reading specialist.  If an individual is  unconditionally admitted to a Class A program based on a valid bachelor's-level professional educator certification from another state and completes a Class A program and subsequently applies for Alabama certification at the Class A level, then the individual must hold valid Alabama Class B certification before applying for Class AA certification.


Admission Requirements




Applicants who meet the general admission requirements to Graduate Studies are eligible for admission to the MS with a major in sport management.  A particular undergraduate major is not specified for admission to this program; however, a related field is recommended. 

Applicants must meet one the of the following admission formula requirements.  For purposes of computing the undergraduate GPA, a 4.0 grade-point scale is used. The plus (+) and minus (-) grades from undergraduate transcripts are not used in calculating the GPA. Please use the following concordance tables when figuring your formula.  GRE Verbal & Quantitative Concordance Tables:

MAT Scaled Score Conversions

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional Admission

 Applicants are eligible for unconditional admission to the program with a GPA on the initial undergraduate degree of at least 3.25.


Conditional Admission

Conditional Admission Formula: Applicants are eligible for conditional admission to the program with a GPA on the initial undergraduate degree of at least 2.75.  Applicants who fail to meet the 2.75 GPA requirement must meet one of the following conditional admission formula requirements:


450 times the undergraduate GPA on the initial undergraduate degree plus total score of verbal and quantitative measures of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 1800 points;




15 times the undergraduate GPA on the initial undergraduate degree plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 80 points.  The GRE or MAT must be taken within five years of enrollment.


Applicants who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted within a twelve-month time frame.  Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being dropped from Graduate Studies.  Students who do not meet the requirements for conditional admission may take the GRE or MAT.  The student's scores will be considered for admission by faculty.

Minimum Requirements




  HPE  525      Current Issues and Trends in Athletics (3)

  HPE  540      Law and Ethics in Wellness and Sport Studies (3)

  HPE  563      Sport Finance (3)

  HPE  564      Human Resources Management in Sport (3)

  HPE  566      Public and Media Relations in Sport (3)

  HPE  567      Sport Facility Administration and Design (3)

  HPE  568      Administration of Athletics (3)

  HPE  576      Sport Marketing (3)

  HPE  586      Sport Promotion and Event Planning (3)

**HPE 591     Internship in Sport Management (3)


 HPE   592      Internship in Sport Marketing and Administration (3)

*SPE  500      Survey Course in Special Education (3)

                    (Students who have not previously satisfied the special education requirement at the undergraduate or graduate level must take SPE 500. Students who previously satisfied the special education requirement at the undergraduate or graduate level must take a state-approved diversity course by advisement)

 **Students pursuing the teacher certification concentration must enroll in this course.

 33* Graduate  Semester Hours Required for this Degree



Admission to the certification concentration requires a minimum of fourth-year bachelor’s level teacher certification in some area of education or a higher degree and fifth year certification.  Completion of this program leads to eligibility for fifth-year (master’s) teacher certification in sport management.  As of July 1, 2017, and thereafter, experience verification must show 2 full  years of full-time, acceptable professional educational work experience prior to unconditional admission. 

Admission to the non-certification concentration does not require fourth-year bachelor’s level teaching certification.

Candidates admitted (to enroll in courses in a Class A teaching field program) may complete no more than five approved program courses prior to unconditional admission to the program (this includes transfer credit).  Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Dean of the School of Education and the Director of Graduate Studies. 

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