JSU Graduate Sports Management Program Gets National Ranking


Jacksonville State University’s Graduate Sports Management program has been ranked No. 29 by BestColleges.com. With more than 400 colleges and universities in the nation offering some form of Graduate Sports Management Programs, the ranking places JSU well within the top 7 percent of institutions.

“The ranking is prestigious given the competition,” said Dr. Reginald F. Overton Professor of Sport Management at JSU. “More importantly, we are ranked ahead of each public institution in the state of Alabama and within our service region. Given the competitive nature of this industry, it is important that we stay visible with what we have to offer.”

Factors determining JSU’s Graduate Sports Management national ranking with BestColleges.com include its academic quality affordability and online programming.

JSU’s online master’s degree program curriculum requires 30-33 credits, with a 10-course program core covering topics such as law and ethics in wellness and sports studies, sports facility administration and design, sports promotion and event planning, and administration of athletics. It also includes an internship experience in either sports management or sports marketing and advertising.

“We are proud of our job and internship placements for our students,” Dr. Overton said. “Placements such as the Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers, Talladega Motor Speedway, Georgia Tech and the Nashville Predators are but of few of our partners.”

In addition, the master's in sports management online offers an optional master’s teacher certification in sports management, which requires students to finish an additional survey course in special education. JSU’s online learners also take advantage of a multitude of services and resources, including online orientation, technical support, library services, academic advising and tutoring, as well as access to both JSU’s library and the Alabama Virtual Library, providing a wealth of research materials.