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.
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.
|Research and Statistics||26 Credits Hours|
|Professional Core Courses||13 Credits Hours|
|KIN 7516 Organizational Behavior and Development in Sport||3|
|KIN 7518 Social Issues in Sport||3|
|KIN 7524 Legal Issues in Sport||3|
|KIN 7545 Economic Issues in Sport||3|
|KIN 4900 Independent Study||1-3|
|Sport Management Elective Courses *||12 Credits Hours|
|KIN 4501 Special Topics in Sport Management||3-6|
|KIN 4513 Facilities Management||3|
|KIN 4518 Governance and Policy Development in Sport||3|
|KIN 7505 Problems in Kinesiology||3|
|KIN 7511 Administrative Problems in Kinesiology||3|
|KIN 7519 Financial Issues in Sport||3|
|KIN 7544 Current Topics in Sport Management||3|
|KIN 4900 Independent Study||3-6|
|Cognate Area*||15 credits|
|KIN 9000 Dissertation Research||9 credits|
|Degree Total||75 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.
Contact for students who have questions or need more information regarding the graduate sport management program:
Name: Chad Seifried
Program Area Faculty