MBA - MS in Sports Management
Oliver Luck, WVU Athletic Director, and Casey Craig, former Celtics Sponsorship Sales & Advertising, with the WVU MBA class of 2013
By coordinating the plans of study in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Science in Sport Management (MSSM) programs via the MBA/MSSM dual degree, students will be able to earn both an MBA and an MS in Sports Management degree in 63 credit hours. Pursued separately, these two nationally-accredited graduate degrees would normally require 84 credit hours. However, by coordinating the plans of study, students can obtain both degrees in the course of two years.
MBA/MSSM dual degree students begin classes in June in WVU’s MBA program and focus solely on business courses until the end of the following summer. The accelerated MBA program is structured as a single-track, four-semester academic program, in which MBA/MSSM dual degree students complete 38 credit hours. The MBA program consists of courses in management, strategy, finance, international business, accounting, economics, and other areas to give each student a comprehensive understanding of business concepts. The program also includes 2 semesters of professional development experiences. MBA/MSSM dual degree students may take the waived classes as electives with the permission of the professor.
After the courses toward the MBA are completed, students begin taking Sports Management courses. The MSSM program requires the completion of 27 credit-hours in 3 semesters, including courses in sport administration, marketing, history, finance and other areas. An internship is required during the final summer.
WVU offers many opportunities to participate in the Athletics department while studying business in the dual degree program, including several graduate assistantships and on-campus internships.
Students seeking to enter the dual degree program must apply separately to each program and be admitted independently to the College of Business and Economics’ Master of Business Administration program and the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences’ Master of Sport Management program. The selection processes will be administered concurrently spring semester and students must satisfy admission requirements of both programs. The deadline for the MBA program is March 1, however, the deadline for MSSM is January 15.
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