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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 into 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 Organizational Behavior and Theory, Facility Management,  Law and Legal Applications,  Finance and Accounting,  Economics, History, 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 must submit an application to the Graduate School. Students will be evaluated on these six areas regarding their application package: 1) Cumulative Undergraduate Grade Point Average (G.P.A.); 2) GRE and/or GMAT score; 3) 3 Letters of Recommendation; 4) Letter of Intent/Interest; 5) Research Statement; and 6) 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

Minimum Total* 

77 Credit Hours


Research and Statistics

26 Credit Hours



Professional Core Courses

15 Credit Hours

KIN7511 Administrative Problems in Kinesiology


KIN7516 Organizational Behavior and Development in Sport


KIN7518 Social Issues in Sport


KIN7519 Financial Issues in Sport


KIN7524 Legal Issues in Sport


KIN7545 Economic  Issues in Sport



Sport Management Elective Courses**

12 Credit Hours

KIN4501 Special Topics in Sport Management


KIN4513 Facilities Management


KIN4518 Governance and Policy Development in Sport


KIN4900 Independent Study


KIN7505 Problems in Kinesiology


KIN7544 Current Topics in Sport Management



Cognate Area**

15 Credit Hours




9 Credit Hours

KIN9000 Dissertation Research




* At least 27 credit hours at the 7000 level or above, exclusive of any type of independent study, is required.

** 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.

***Students should consult with faculty advisor(s) as to the coursework plan will prepare them to meet their goals.


Graduates of Sport Management Ph.D. Program

Dr. Adam Pfleegor (Current Placement: Mississippi State University) 
Dr. Dylan Williams (Current Placement: University of Alabama) 


Current Sport Management Ph.D. Students


Patrick Tutka (3rd Year): Patrick is currently working on College Football Facility Development, NCAA Coaching Promotion and Integrity and legal issues in sport.  Interests are also in the NCAA, historical sport economics and a variety of other topics related to history in sport.

Jeremy Foreman (2nd Year): Jeremy’s primary research interests are in labor economics and human resource management in sport which includes discrimination, compensation and incentives, hiring and firing decisions and policies, and the well-being of employees.

Khirey Walker (2nd Year): Khirey’s primary research interest looks at NCAA Sanctions and organizational misconduct.  He is also interested in anti-trust law, competitive advantage amongst firms, and other NCAA related issues.


Alumni Newsletters 


Fall 2013 Sport Management Newsletter 


Spring 2014 Sport Management Newsletter


Fall 2014 Sport Management Newsletter


Spring 2015 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

Michael Martinez