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Sport Management Program FAQ

What is the difference between sport administration and sport management?
The two terms are interchangeable. Sport administrators/managers apply general business, legal, communication and socio-cultural theory in sport specific settings.

Is this a degree that will help me to my goal of becoming a sports agent?
Yes, this degree will help you learn about the sport industry, including policies, legal issues, financial aspects and issues and trends within this large industry that are found throughout our society. Many sport agents have law degrees, so students interested in such work may need to plan on pursuing a terminal degree in the future.

I want to be a high school coach. Will this degree help me?
This is often asked and, no, the best degree to coach would be a teaching degree so you are licensed to teach and coach within the school. It is true there a few individuals who get coaching jobs due to their personal experiences in the sport, but the majority of coaches are also licensed to teach in other areas as well.

Is it true that internships often lead to job offers?
Yes, often students complete their semester(s) of interning in the field with employers within the sport industry and are then offered a job. This is not always the case, but internships are an excellent opportunity to meet people in the field of your study and gain on-site training.

How quickly can one complete the master's degree in sport management?
Students have as many as six years to complete the degree, but full-time graduate students can realistically expect to complete their program of study in two years.

Are graduate assistantships available?
A number of sport-related graduate assistantships are available at WSU. Typically, sport management students secure these positions in one of three settings - the athletic department, the Heskett Center (campus recreation facility) and the Department of Sport Management. Each unit selects its own GAs, so separate applications are necessary if candidates hope to receive considerations for a variety of positions.