Gain the theoretical, administrative and managerial skills needed to excel in the sports industry by earning your Master of Sport Management (MSM) at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Taught by faculty who share their insights and practical knowledge based on extensive professional experience in sports, the 36-credits program will enable you to effectively manage and lead a wide range of activities in sports including organizational leadership, marketing, operations, fundraising, financial administration, and event management.

Program highlights

  • Offered 100% online, as well as in-person evening classes on the Metropolitan and Florham campuses in New Jersey
  • Industry-focused concentrations in Coaching Theory Strategies and Sports Administration
  • Faculty with extensive sports industry experience
  • Week long experiential study opportunity in Britain
  • Internships at leading sports companies such as New York Mets, Yankees, NJ Devils and more

Learning Outcomes

Each degree has measurement that indicate whether students are successful in meeting the specific outcomes for the degrees. The following are the four outcome measures that will be assessed for the graduates of Sport Management.

  • Strategic Orientation. An MSM graduate will demonstrate the ability to develop, implement, coordinate, and/or manage a strategic plan through a collaborative process.
  • Communication. An MSM graduate will demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver effective oral presentations and/or write documents that present and evaluate information and opinion in a logical and analytical manner, incorporating research and documentation, and using style, grammar, mechanics, and format appropriate to an educated audience.
  • Information Literacy. An MSM graduate will demonstrate the ability to carry out thorough and effective information search strategies using traditional print, digital, and internet sources, evaluate the information accessed, and use this information along with existing knowledge to create something new.
  • Critical Thinking. An MSM graduate will demonstrate competency in critical thinking that encompasses dimensions of informal logic and ethical analysis.

Admissions requirements

  • Completed online application. There is no fee to apply
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts
  • Current professional resume
  • English proficiency test
  • GMAT and GRE scores are NOT required
  • One recommendation letter
  • Personal Statement (submit a written 1,000-word Personal Statement outlining current job and responsibilities as well as personal and professional goals.)

Degree requirements

The 36-credit MSM degree program requires five (5) courses, which includes a three-credit (3) internship or individual job-related project, as well as seven (7) courses.

Required Courses

Note: MSA6701, MSA6702, MSA6703: are available in an online modality; MSA 6704 – Mandatory

  • MSA 6701 Legal Issues in the Domestic and International Sports Industry
  • MSA 6702 Sports Administration Research and Policy Analysis
  • MSA 6703 Financial Administration in Sports
  • MSA 6704 Internship I or Individual Job Related Project [This course meets the required course for each certificate in the program. It cannot be taken until students complete at least 9-credits, 3 courses in the program]
  • MSA 6705 Strategic Planning, Implementation and Evaluation [Note: Capstone Course – after completion of at least 27 credits]

Elective Courses

[Only two electives allowed] NOTE: MSA6626, MSA6628, MSA6629, MSA6634, MSA6635: are available in an online modality

  • MSA 6624 Organization and Administration of Sports
  • MSA 6625 Physiological Basis of Physical Fitness
  • MSA 6626 Nutrition for Sports and Fitness
  • MSA 6628 Valuing Diversity
  • MSA 6629 Motivation and Performance
  • MSA 6630 Global Sports
  • MSA 6634 Sports Security
  • MSA 6635 Events Planning and Administration
  • MSA 6636 Internship II


The MSM degree offers three areas of specializations, and students must complete five courses in an area of specialization and the required Internship (MSA 6704) to be awarded a specialization in that area. The areas of specialization are:

  • Sports Administration
  • Coaching Theories and Strategies
  • High School Athletic Director

NOTE: MSA 6704 – Mandatory for all specializations

Sports Administration

[Select Any Five Courses plus MSA 6704 Internship] Note: MSA6601, MSA6602, MSA6603, MSA6604, MSA6606, MSA6607, MSA6608, MSA6609, MSA6610: are available in an online modality

  • MSA 6601 Organizational Leadership and Team Development
  • MSA 6602 Facility Development, Administration and Programming
  • MSA 6603 Sports Marketing and Promotions
  • MSA 6604 Sports in a Social Context
  • MSA 6605 Legal and Professional Ethics in Sports
  • MSA 6606 Group Dynamics
  • MSA 6607 Human Resource Administration in Sports Organizations
  • MSA 6608 Sports Risk Assessment
  • MSA 6609 Communications and Media Relations
  • MSA 6610 Strategies in Fundraising and Development

Coaching Theory and Strategies

[Select Any Five Courses plus MSA 6704 Internship] NOTE: MSA6608, MSA6611, MSA6613, MSA6614, MSA6615, MSA6633: are available in an online modality

  • MSA 6605 Legal and Professional Ethics in Sports
  • MSA 6608 Sports Risk Assessment
  • MSA 6611 Coaching Leadership
  • MSA 6612 Coaching Theory, Methods and Issues
  • MSA 6613 Coaching Psychology
  • MSA 6614 Assessing Human Performance
  • MSA 6615 Effective Team Administration
  • MSA 6633 Weight Training and Conditioning

High School Athletic Director 

ONLY NJ certified teachers are eligible for the high school athletic director certificate.  All courses available in online modality.

[Select Any Five Courses plus MSA 6704 Internship. Courses completed would fulfill the NJ Supervisor Standard certificate requirement.] NOTE: EDUC6702, EDUC6703, EDUC6704, EDUC6718: are available in an online modality. EDUC6607: MSA department requirement for minor or certificate.

  • EDUC 6702 Curriculum and Instruction Theory and Practice
  • EDUC 6703 Supervision of Instruction and Personnel Evaluation
  • EDUC 6704 Change: Curriculum Development and Program Improvement
  • EDUC 6718 Curriculum Program Evaluation and Student Assessment
  • MSA 6607 Human Resource Administration in Sports Organizations

Study Abroad at Wroxton

We have a study abroad class built into our curriculum. Any of our students (MSA, BA/MSA, or BA) can take the course.

SPAD 4000 International Sports Administration (3-credits)
MSA 6630 Global Sports (3-credits)

8 Perfect Days in England. Learn about sports based cultures and history! Explore sports business opportunities! Some of the sites we visit include, but not limited to:

  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum 7 Tour
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium
  • Villa Park – home of the Aston Villa Football Club
  • The World Rugby Museum
  • Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit
  • River and Rowing Museum

Career options

  • Athletic Director
  • Brand Marketing Manager
  • Media Relations Director
  • Sport Event Manager
  • Tournament Director


“Fairleigh Dickinson’s MSA program gave me an opportunity to pursue my passion. I am grateful that I received a great education and obtained key internships.”

– Bryan Wasyluk, Manager Arena Operations, Barclays Center

Contact Information
Robyn Lubisco, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Florham Campus
201-692-7180 (Metro Campus)
973-443-8971 (Florham Campus)
Contact Information
J.C. Kim, Professor, Metropolitan Campus

Course Descriptions