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Columbia University Masters Degrees in Sport Management

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Available on either a full-time or part-time basis, the Master of Science in Sports Management program has aligned its curriculum with the needs of the sports industry, with unique offerings in the areas of global sports, digital sports media and marketing, and sports analytics. Read more
Available on either a full-time or part-time basis, the Master of Science in Sports Management program has aligned its curriculum with the needs of the sports industry, with unique offerings in the areas of global sports, digital sports media and marketing, and sports analytics. These areas complement a strong foundation of core courses that equip graduates with the skills and training necessary to maintain an advantage in the highly competitive sports job market and, once hired, add immediate value to sports industry employers. Beyond establishing a strong business foundation, the curriculum and faculty will challenge you to deepen your understanding in three key areas:
The complex global sports landscape and the contrasts and comparisons of the sports business models around the world
The many connection points between the digital world and the sports world and the potential impact of disruptive technologies
The various ways to integrate the abundance of new data and information into decision processes that sports leaders face

Program Structure

The program requires 36 points for degree completion, or 12 3-point courses. For required courses, you will take four core courses that provide an overview of sports business concepts and practices and how they are applied in real-world contexts. In addition, you will choose one required course from each of three categories: Sports Marketing, Sports Analytics, and Sports Projects. For your remaining five courses, you may customize your focus by choosing electives in a variety of disciplines or choose courses from among three elective groupings, or areas of focus:

Global Sports

Sports Analytics

Digital Sports Media and Marketing

You can find more information on all focuses here: http://sps.columbia.edu/sports-management/curriculum

Internships and Work Opportunities

The internship component provides you with the option to take a deeper dive in a specific topic related to sports or complete an internship where you can learn and expand your network. A full-time internship is required for all full-time students and must be completed by the end of the spring semester. Students can work with our career specialist for guidance in mapping out internships.

Funding and Financial Resources

We want to make sure that the cost of your continuing education and professional studies do not stand in the way of your goals.
Most students at the School of Professional Studies use a combination of savings, scholarships, loans, outside grants, sponsors, or employer tuition benefits to cover the cost of attendance. However you choose to finance your education, consider it an investment in your future, and know that we, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Planning, are here to help and advise you along the way.

You can find more information on available funding here: http://sps.columbia.edu/sports-management/tuition-and-financing/financial-resources

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Professionals with a qualifying law degree who are interested in broadening their understanding of the global sports industry can now pursue an M.S. Read more
Professionals with a qualifying law degree who are interested in broadening their understanding of the global sports industry can now pursue an M.S. in Sports Management and a Master in Global Sports Law together.

Columbia University, a world-class Ivy League institution, and Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE), a Madrid-based leader in legal education, offer a companion degree program for individuals with a law background who are interested in a career in international sports.

Intensive study for the two professional degrees — Columbia’s Master of Science (M.S.) in Sports Management and ISDE’s Master in Global Sports Law — is completed on Columbia’s campus in New York City, the sports capital of North America, for 10 months during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Courses provide foundational instruction on the sports industry combined with specific training in sports (accounting, finance, marketing, personnel management, and analytics) and law (intellectual property law and alternative dispute resolution).

After successfully completing their coursework, students pursue a 3-to-6-month internship with a global sports law firm, agency, team, league, or regulatory body, based on their academic profile and professional goals.

Both degree programs are taught by renowned faculty from Columbia and ISDE who are leaders in the fields of sports law, sports analytics, sports media, as well as professional and collegiate athletics.

Guest lecturers are among the world sporting community’s most respected lawyers, agents, and managers. Networking events and practical workshops held at leading law firms and sports organizations in New York City complement the coursework.

Students in the program have access to the same academic and administrative benefits as other full-time Columbia students and are provided placement services by ISDE. In addition to the academically rigorous curriculum, the program offers students outstanding networking opportunities with peers at Columbia and ISDE, colleagues from across the Ivy League, and industry leaders.

Graduates will be prepared to effectively engage and excel at the responsibilities necessary for success at the next phases of their careers.

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