Frequently Asked Questions


What is Sport Management?!

Sport Management is a business degree with a focus on managing sport, exercise and fitness. It is the business side of sport and the Sport Management Master's degree prepares students to work in the exciting and dynamic world of sport business! The Sport Management industry is constantly growing and changing and we prepare students to plan and manage sport experiences in a variety of private, public, and commercial setting such as professional sport teams, college sport athletic departments, sport facilities/arenas, health and fitness organizations, sport tourism and many others!


Why choose Minnesota State University Mankato for your Sport Management Master's Degree?

Quality. Affordability. Flexibility.

Quality. The Minnesota State Mankato Sport Management Program is one of the oldest programs in the nation, as it is over 40 years old. We have a strong tradition of academic excellence and is recognized as one of the nation's leading Sport Management Programs. We pride ourselves on our extensive professional network within the industry, as we have contacts in a substantial number of sport businesses across the nation.

Affordability. All Master’s programs at Minnesota State University Mankato offer in-state tuition rates!! This is an incredible savings to you and we do this to provide access for all to a high quality education. Also, many of our graduate students receive graduate assistantships where they obtain a tuition waiver and a monthly living stipend for their 20 hours of work per week.

Flexibility. Our online program allows students to complete a program in as little as 16 months!! You can live in San Diego, Seattle, Minneapolis, Miami or Boston, work your dream job, and still pursue your Master’s from your laptop!


How is your program different from other Sport Management programs?

Our program emphasizes hand's on learning and getting real world experience! Getting a job in this industry is all about obtaining as much experience as possible prior to graduation. We build your experiences not just through internships, but through developing real events, working with real sport businesses to develop a comprehensive sport marketing plan, service learning opportunities in sport and getting out into the field. Through these experiences students receive professional preparation that develops them into competitive sport business leaders.


Why should I choose your program?

We have worked to incorporate a number of High Impact Practices within our curriculum, which are teaching and learning practices that have been widely tested to benefit college students the most. These High Impact Practices are particularly important as they are active learning practices that contribute to students learning. Examples include common intellectual experiences, collaborative assignments, ePortfolios, service learning, diversity/global learning, internships and opportunities for research.


Where do your alumni work?

With a program over 40 years old we have an extensive alumni network! Our alumni work across the nation for companies such as:

  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Life Time Fitness
  • Northern Illinois University
  • SportsEngine
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • National Sports Center
  • Visit Eau Claire – Sports Commission
  • USA Triathalon
  • Sports Radar
  • Twin Cities Orthopedics (Sport Marketing)
  • Minnesota Wild
  • North Dakota State University
  • The Northern Sun Conference
  • Omaha Sport Properties
  • Minnesota Hockey
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Learfield Sport
  • Cambria (Youth Sport Marketing)
  • YMCA
  • Plattsburgh State University
  • Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Minnesota United
  • Mankato MoonDogs

What is the curriculum in the Sport Management Master's Degree?

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Sport Management major bases our curriculum on the highest standards in the industry. We prepare students with sport business concepts that enhance skills and knowledge in the following areas: management, marketing, promotions, communications, personal and product liability, negligence and risk management, public relations, consumer behavior, facilities, finance, public speaking, and much more.