Program Description

The sport administration graduate program is a hands-on and practical-based program in which students are directly involved with the management of sport organizations. Students work together as they are challenged to apply theoretical concepts to essential sport management job functions. CMU graduate students are successful in securing highly competitive internship opportunities with the United States Olympic Committee, NASCAR, national teams, collegiate athletic departments, sport governing bodies, sport commissions, and various high school sport associations.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

The CMU Department of Physical Education & Sport offers graduate assistantships and research assistantships to students in the sport administration program. Some students also secure a graduate assistantship with University Recreation, Athletics, CMU Events or Ticket Central. CMU offers graduate students a unique opportunity to pursue research, teaching, or a wide range of sport management responsibilities while pursuing their degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the sport administration program requires:

  • completion of the online application;
  • a statement of purpose;
  • a resume; and
  • three (3) letters of recommendation

Completed applications must be submitted no later than February 1 for fall admission.

Graduation Requirements

Students in the sport administration program must complete a capstone course and internship before the end of their degree program. The capstone course requires a comprehensive sport management project in connection with an existing sport management business or organization. The internship is an opportunity for each student to expand their skills and work in a sport setting that matches their career aspirations.


The CMU Sport Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)

Career Outlook

Dr. Tracy Olrich

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Physical Education & Sport
Foust 131
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859