Azusa Pacific offers four graduate program pathways to support students interested in careers related to sport management, including: M.S. in Physical Education: Sport Management, Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Sport Management concentration, Master of Business Management (MBM) with Sport Management concentration, and M.A. in Leadership with Sport Management emphasis.
Help individuals thrive in sports with Azusa Pacific University’s M.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sport Management program, designed for those seeking entry or advancement in this growing field.
In the program, you'll explore a range of topics relevant to the industry, including marketing, athletic, compliance, and finance in sport; legal aspects; and facility and event management. With coursework taught from a distinctly Christian perspective, you'll build a strong foundation of ethics, compassion, and competency.
- Benefit from a blend of relevant coursework and research with practical training in the field.
- Enjoy small classes and a rich learning community as you progress through the program with a cohort of peers.
- Study alongside faculty with extensive sport industry experience.
- Graduate eligible to instruct physical education, administrate athletic programs, and coach at the junior college and college levels.
The program can be completed on campus or online in 18-24 months. Learn more at www.apu.edu/bas/programs/masters-in-physical-education/.
M.S. in Physical Education with an Emphasis in Sport Management
Available online and on campus in Azusa, California, APU’s M.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sport Management features small, interactive classes led by expert faculty with industry experience. Graduates find management, administration, and teaching opportunities in a variety of areas, including athletic programs; community sports programs; K–12 schools, junior colleges, and universities; national or local sport governing bodies; Olympic-level training settings; professional sport franchises; and sport facilities.
The program develops ethical leaders for the field who are able to integrate the tenets of Christian faith with their professional discipline. An embedded sport management internship also allows candidates to gain on-the-job training and immediately apply and practice classroom concepts.
Visit www.apu.edu/bas/programs/masters-in-physical-education/admission for more information.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Sport Management Concentration
APU’s MBA program offers a sport management concentration for individuals interested in the integration of sport and business. The curriculum balances advanced business instruction with fundamental sport management training to successfully lead and operate various sport and athletic enterprises at the youth, collegiate, and professional levels. Students also acquire an understanding of the global business environment and how cultural and market diversities impact the world of sports.
The program combines scholarship with practical experience, teaching students to apply quantitative analytical abilities, effective collaborative and team-building skills, and an awareness of corporate social responsibility from a Christian worldview to become sport management professionals who are efficient and effective decision makers.
The MBA program is ideal for students who believe ethics are essential to sport management, those to whom others look to for leadership, and those with an affinity for the operational aspects of sport management, such as finance, marketing, and operations management.
Visit www.apu.edu/business/programs/concentrations/#sportmanagement for more information.
Master of Business Management (MBM) with Sport Management Concentration
The sport management concentration in the Master of Business Management(MBM) program equips managers and leaders to diagnose the organizational culture of various youth, collegiate, or professional sport and athletic enterprises to influence organizational development toward greater performance and productivity. Students learn to solve organizational problems and influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations from an ethical Christian worldview perspective. Additionally, the program prepares students to serve as managers who understand how to best organize and motivate human capital, manage social networks and alliances, and execute strategic change in a rapidly changing, highly diversified, sport management environment.
The program is designed for students who believe ethics are essential to sport management, for those to whom others look to for leadership, and for those who possess an affinity for managing people, assessing organizational culture, and improving organizational performance.
Visit www.apu.edu/business/programs/masters-in-management/concentrations/#sportmanagement for more information.
M.A. in Leadership with Sport Management Emphasis
The Master of Arts in Leadership with sport management emphasis program is designed for those seeking entry or advancement in the growing field of sport management. Students in the program will explore a range of topics relevant to the industry, including the sociology of sport, legal issues in athletics, and facility and event management. Further coursework in athletic administration and leadership theory is enhanced by an internship experience in a sport management setting.
Ideal candidates for this program are in current leadership positions, those who aspire to be good leaders, and for students eager to engage in more in-depth study of the integration of sport management and leadership.
Visit www.apu.edu/bas/programs/masters-in-leadership for more information.
|Deborah Hefter, M.S. ‘16
||Aquatics Director and Adjunct Professor Employer
|More than anything, this program gave me confidence. It confirmed that I was on the right path and taught me how to develop and use my strengths to my advantage.
|Pedro Romero-Nieva Santos, M.S. ‘18
||L.A. Galaxy Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach, and U15 Head Coach
|This program has provided me with an extensive understanding of how to manage individuals and groups on the field and in the classroom. Moreover, I learned how to invest in my personal well-being so that I can serve and inspire those around me more effectively. During my time at APU, the small class sizes allowed for deep relationships to be built between the students and the faculty. I had the opportunity to meet great professionals from the fields of physical education, coaching, sport administration, organizational leadership, and sport management. The relationships built with my colleagues in the program provided me with a deeper and richer understanding of each of the disciplines. It also allowed me to expand my network and develop friendships that I still keep to this day.