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PhD in Kinesiology


Sport Management


The Sport Management Ph.D. specialization at the Louisiana State University is offered by the School of Kinesiology as a degree program which focuses on developing a variety of academic skills to help students become successful in academic and/or scholarly endeavors. Students accepted to the Ph.D. program will receive training toward careers in academia or professional positions of similar or related career fields. Specifically, students will be provided the opportunity to receive and demonstrate critical thinking and research skills through an interdisciplinary approach which centers on the student’s research interests and career ambitions. Building on a foundation of sport management courses, independent studies, and mentoring opportunities with the program’s faculty members, students will, through elective coursework (i.e., cognate area) explore a wide variety of management issues related to the field of sport. Such interests may include areas related to history, organizational behavior and theory, finance, law, facility management, and social issues to name a few. Finally, unique among graduate programs, LSU offers real opportunities to teach lecture courses in our undergraduate Sport Administration program to help prepare Ph.D. students and candidates for careers in academia. Courses available for doctoral students and candidates at LSU include the basic core of most undergraduate and graduate curriculums (e.g., marketing and promotions, law and ethics, finance, introduction to sport industry, social issues, etc.). Overall, the Ph.D. opportunity at LSU allows students the flexibility to carve their niche within the sport industry to better serve the interest of the academy and their own natural curiosity.



Admission requirements:

Students will be evaluated on these five areas regarding their application package: 1) Cumulative Grade Point Average (G.P.A.); 2) GRE and/or GMAT score; 3) 3 Letters of Recommendations; 4) Letter of Intent/Interest; and 5) Resume.


Ph.D. applicants should contact the faculty members before applying to understand the current research interests of the faculty and to communicate their own potential area of interest.


Course requirements:


Research and Statistics26 Credits Hours



Professional Core Courses13 Credits Hours
KIN 7516  Organizational Behavior and Development in Sport3
KIN 7518  Social Issues in Sport3
KIN 7524  Legal Issues in Sport3
KIN 7545  Economic Issues in Sport3
KIN 4900  Independent Study1-3

Sport Management Elective Courses *12 Credits Hours
KIN 4501  Special Topics in Sport Management3-6
KIN 4513  Facilities Management3
KIN 4518  Governance and Policy Development in Sport3
KIN 7505  Problems in Kinesiology3
KIN 7511  Administrative Problems in Kinesiology3
KIN 7519  Financial Issues in Sport3
KIN 7544  Current Topics in Sport Management3
KIN 4900  Independent Study3-6

Cognate Area*15 credits
Dissertation9 credits
KIN 9000 Dissertation Research9 credits
Degree Total75 Credit Hours


* Electives and Cognate: Electives and the selection of the Cognate specialization will be chosen on the basis of agreement between the student and the student’s advisor. Courses required for the Cognate specialization will be based on agreement between the student and the student’s Cognate professor. Each of these agreements is subject to approval by the student’s PhD committee.


*** This is a list of suggested courses and should be viewed as a model program rather than a required course list. Students should consult with faculty advisor(s) as to the coursework plan will prepare them to meet their goals.


Fall 2013 Sport Management Newsletter 


Spring 2014 Sport Management Newsletter


Fall 2014 Sport Management Newsletter



Contact for students who have questions or need more information regarding the graduate sport management program:


Name: Brian Soebbing
Email: bsoebb1@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-0849


Program Area Faculty


Chad Seifried
Brian Soebbing
Kwame Agyemang

Damon Andrew