Maximize your success with a degree in Sport Management

At Wichita State, we combine classroom and real-world learning opportunities to give students the skills they need to succeed in the sports industry.

Students pursuing a degree in Sport Management complete a curriculum of courses including sport marketing, sport law, sport governance, and sport facility management as well as complete an extensive internship requirement. Graduates of this program work in a variety of sport settings including intercollegiate athletics, major league and minor league professional sports, fitness, recreation, and specialized sport business.

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COSMA Accredited

The quality of instruction and experience-based learning opportunities at WSU are well-known in the field of sport management education. WSU is among a select number of universities in the world with multiple programs accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

Sport Management (SMGT) Advisory Council

The SMGT Advisory Council is a group of alumni, practitioners, faculty, and students that review the learning and operational goals of the department. It is important that our programs work to support the sport industry.

The mission of the SMGT Advisory Council is to support the learning and operational goals of the Department of Sport Management by reviewing key department actions each year, offering suggestions and insights, and indicating its relative level of satisfaction with the department’s effectiveness. The SMGT Advisory Council consists of two sport management practitioners, two sport management graduate candidates, two sport management undergraduate candidates, two sport management program alumni, and full-time members of the sport management faculty. Total membership shall not exceed 15. Members of the SMGT Advisory Council are appointed annually by the department chair.

The council meets once annually. During this meeting, the SMGT Council’s annual “satisfied/unsatisfied” vote will be in the Department’s annual report. SMGT Advisory Council feedback, insights, and suggestions will be given full consideration by the faculty (i.e. Sport Management Program Committee) when developing its annual report and recommendations for the next academic year

Click here to see the SMGT Advisory Council's Guiding Document. 

History of SMGT

The Department of Sport Management is one of four academic departments within the College of Applied Studies. The department of Sport Management was established in 2008 after previously having its B.A.—Sport Management and M.Ed.—Sport Management programs housed in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Studies along with four other academic programs (Physical Education, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science graduate and undergraduate programs). The Kansas Board of Regents formally recognized the M.Ed.—Sport Management (known at the time as Sport Administration) program in 1992 and the B.A.—Sport Management degree (known at the time as Sport Administration) in 1998. The programs’ origins can be traced back to faculty initiatives in the 1970s. In 2018 the College of Education, where the Sport Management programs have always been housed, changed its name to the College of Applied Studies. From the very beginning, though, the Sport Management programs valued both applied learning and industry best practices.

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221 Hubbard Hall
Phone: (316) 978-5758
Fax: (316) 978-5954
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Mailing address
Department of Sport Management
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount, Campus Box 127
Wichita, KS 67260-0127

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