New Ph.D. in Sport and Entertainment Management

About the Program 

The SPTE department has one of the largest faculties in sport and entertainment management in the world, with 12 tenured (-track) faculty members, and a plethora of lecturers and adjuncts with close ties to the industry. The faculty has won numerous research awards, and has among them Research Fellows of the North American Society of Sport Management and the Sport and Recreation Law Association. Publications of faculty have appeared in notable journals such as the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Business Ethnics, Sport Management Review, Sport Marketing Quarterly, European Sport Management Quarterly, Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Tourism Analysis among others.

The SPTE program is home to the College Sport Research Institute, host of the annual CSRI conference, and publisher of the annual report on Adjusted Graduation Gaps among NCAA Division-I football programs. In addition, the SPTE department organizes two national conferences each year. During November, it hosts the Sport Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow (SEVT) conference, designed to bring the industry and academics together, and in April it hosts the College Sport Research Institute Conference. The SPTE program is also home to the Journal of Venue and Event Management, a bi-annual peer-reviewed journal that accepts submissions focused both on sport and entertainment.  All these research oriented activities will allow our PhD students to be at the epicenter of new developments in the field of sport and entertainment management and give them maximum exposure to a strong network of both academics and practitioners during their training. Learn more about the program


An enrollment of approximately nine fully funded students is anticipated within three years of the program’s commencement. For the fall of 2014, the SPTE program will offer three doctoral fellowships to incoming students consisting of a tuition waiver and an $18,000 stipend.

To apply to the SPTE Program you will need

1.       A current resume.

2.       Statement of Career Objectives. This is a statement that specifically addresses how the department's PhD program will help the applicant achieve these objectives.

3.       At least two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a current or former professor that can comment on the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate studies.

4.       One official transcript from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Successful applicants generally have a master’s GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale). Such a GPA, however, does not guarantee admission. 

5.       Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Successful applicants generally score at least 300 (verbal and quantitative combined) on the GRE Revised General Test or an equivalent score (verbal and quantitative combined) on the GMAT.  For those who took the GRE General Test prior to August 1, 2011, successful applicants generally score at least 1000 (verbal and quantitative combined). These scores, however, do not guarantee admission. GMAT/GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted under any circumstances.

6.       Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. International applicants who have received a degree from a college or university in the United States are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS.

See Graduate School admission requirements.