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How Much Is a Master’s Degree in Sport Management?

The field of sport management has grown dramatically over the past few decades. The North American Society for Sport Management reports that, as of July 2016, more than 200 accredited schools in America offer a master’s degree in sport management. According to Plunkett Research, Ltd., in 2015, the U.S. sport industry accounted for $498.4 billion — close to a third of the estimated $1.5 trillion global total.

Given the size and complexity of the sport industry, it’s no surprise that more and more schools are offering specializations in the field. A master’s degree in sport management covers leadership, marketing and management. Degree holders can choose from a variety of career paths, including athletic director, facility manager, sports marketing specialist, health club owners, and many others.


While the pay range and financial rewards vary, earning a master’s degree in sport management is a sound investment. On the lower end, coaches and scouts earn around $30,000 per year, while sports marketing managers can make upwards of $120,000 per year.


The cost of a master’s degree in sport management varies from institution to institution. At Louisiana State University, for example, the graduate tuition rate for online students is $609 per credit hour, whether you are an in- or out-of-state student. The convenience of an online graduate program in sports management and the career benefits it offers are worth the price.


LSU offers online graduate program options that help students enhance their careers without sacrificing their jobs. Institutions like LSU provide financial aid options, including grants, loans and even work-study programs. The career benefits make this degree a profitable investment.

Learn about the LSU online MS in kinesiology with a specialization in sport management program.


North American Society for Sport Management: Sport Management Programs: United States: Master’s

Plunkett Research, Ltd.: Sports Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview

All Business Schools: Sports Management Salary and Job Outlook

LSU Online: Tuition and Fees

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