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Master of Sport and Entertainment Management

Experience the ultimate convenience of earning your Master of Sport and Entertainment Management degree 100% online at Cleveland State University - complete in one year!

Looking to enhance your leadership skills and career opportunities in the sports business industry?

Earn an Online Master of Sport and Entertainment Management from Cleveland State University, one of the world's top 7% business schools. Our 100% online program allows you to study anywhere, anytime, while our cohort-based model fosters strong connections with classmates, faculty, and alumni.

Whether you want to advance within your current sport or entertainment organizations or explore opportunities in this ever-expanding business, our program can help you achieve your goals. With a focus on sport or entertainment management, you'll gain valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied to a variety of areas such as college athletics, facility management, professional sports, and youth sports.

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Time to Complete

One year / three semesters

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10 courses totaling 30 credits

Program Highlights

Our online program provides you with a flexible, convenient, and high-quality education that will prepare you to succeed in the dynamic and growing sport and entertainment industry.

Elevate your sport and entertainment career today with an Online Master of Sport and Entertainment Management from Cleveland State University!

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Learning Methodology

The Master of Sport and Entertainment Management program from Cleveland State University provides exposure to different sport and entertainment industries and functions, and a network of peers, faculty, and alumni to support your career growth.

Admissions Requirements

Our streamlined program requirements make it easy for you to get started, with no business undergraduate degree required.

Contact us at to learn more about the prerequisites for the Online Master of Sport and Entertainment Management.


Required Courses

SPM 601Sport and Entertainment Management3 Credits

Core Electives

Choose any five courses (15 credits)

HPR 610Survey Research & Data Management3 Credits
EXS 565Sports Law3 Credits
SPM 560Program Development & Management3 Credits
SPM 561Sport Governance3 Credits
SPM 566Sport Facility Management3 Credits
SPM 567Sport Marketing3 Credits
SPM 690Internship3 Credits


Choose any four courses (12 credit hours)

BUS 575Introduction to Business Analytics3 Credits
SPM 602Sports Analytics3 Credits
SPM 690Internship3 Credits
MGT 522Labor Law3 Credits
MGT 601Managing Human Resources3 Credits
MGT 604Leadership and Interpersonal Effectiveness3 Credits
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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and financial aid for CSU programs are kept competitive so you can receive the education you deserve. Tuition for online programs and courses follows the same fee structure as traditional, on-campus programs and courses. Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar’s website.

Approximately 70% of CSU’s students receive some form of financial assistance. The University participates in or administers all the major federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, CSU provides University grants and scholarships.

To begin the financial aid process, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file a FAFSA every year after January 1st to receive your financial aid. Cleveland State University’s financial aid school code is 003032.

If you have any questions, visit the Financial Aid section of CSU’s website, or contact the Financial Aid office.



Our faculty in the Monte Ahuja College of Business are a diverse group of professors with industry-leading expertise in their disciplines and related, applied, professional business experience. The majority of faculty are actively involved in the community as consultants and members of professional organizations bringing a richness of practical application, in addition to creating top-notch research.

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Student Success Coaching

At CSU, you will be paired with a Student Success Coach to support you on your journey from acceptance into a program to graduation. Coaches help with:

  • Time management
  • Study strategies
  • Focus techniques
  • Work-life balance
  • Academic support resources
  • Navigating University policies and procedures
  • Resolving issues and locating the right resources

Student Success Coaches will reach out to you for a welcome call early in your program. Coaches can help you create an academic success plan with strategies and goals that will help you be successful. Student Success Coaches are available to you throughout your program. Student Success Coaches do not replace academic advisors or other counselors, but rather work as a team with them to provide you with all the right resources.

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Career Outcomes

A Master of Sport and Entertainment is a valuable degree for anyone interested in pursuing or advancing a career in the sport and entertainment business industry. With a focus on both the business and administrative aspects of sport and entertainment, our program will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in this exciting field.

Here are just a few of the areas where a Master of Sport and Entertainment Management can help you ramp up your career in sports business:

  • Professional sports teams
  • Collegiate athletics
  • Sports media
  • Sports marketing and sponsorship
  • Sports facilities management

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any specific focus areas within this program?

We believe that there are a number of core industry segments that this master’s degree will prepare you for that include:  

  • Professional Sports Teams
  • College Athletics
  • Sports Media
  • Sports Marketing Agencies
  • Facility Management

What type of jobs are available within these segments with a little or limited experience?

Specific jobs might include:

  • Sales Associate selling either premium hospitality of corporate sponsorships.
  • Operations Coordinator that ensures games and events run smoothly by managing logistics, staff, and communicating with vendors.
  • Marketing Coordinator that helps develop and implement marketing campaigns for a team , athletic department or series of special events.
  • Event Coordinator that helps to plan and organize events,  games, tournaments, and fundraising events.
  • Media Relations Coordinator that is responsible for promoting and publicizing the team, athletic department, games and special events.
  • Social Media Coordinator that is responsible for  creating  and managing  social media content for teams, athletic departments and brands involved with sponsorship.
  • Sponsorship Coordinator that  works with teams, athletic departments and brands to manage and activate  sponsorships for teams.

How long does the program take to complete?

The program is designed to be completed in 1 year with 100% virtual courses.

What kinds of hands-on experience will I receive during this program?

Internships with many of our local business are available and encouraged for elective credit. Internships are not required for graduation.

I have a full-time job and a family. Can I pursue this program on a part-time basis?

Yes, you can complete the program at your own pace if needed.

What is the faculty like for this program?

Our faculty brings a  great deal of both academic and professional work experience within the industry. Additionally we have outstanding relationships with a number of organizations that provide us access to adjunct faculty and advisors  that allow us to can incorporate practical learning with our curriculum.

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