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Earn your online sports management degree from Southern Miss!

Sport Management MS
Program Overview

Do you have a passion for sports and want to have a career in the sports industry? If so, the online Sports Management degree from the University of Southern Mississippi is the program for you! Our online degree program provides students with the knowledge they need to be successful in many facets in the sports industry, from business management to sports event security management.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s curriculum offers an emphasis in Sport Event Security Management, a first of its kind in the United States. This emphasis is designed to equip sports and special events managers with the knowledge to meet the challenges of safety and security in a sports environment.

Our convenient and affordable online sports management degree program allows you to complete your degree without stepping into a traditional classroom. Master your passion with Online at Southern Miss. This is your life, plus college.

Additionally, The University of Southern Mississippi also offers a Sport Coaching Education online degree (MS), as well as a Sport Security Management Graduate Certificate online.


Your Future

Check out some of the jobs our graduates landed after earning this degree.

  • Area Coordinator, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Stadium Events Coordinator
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Account Services Executive
  • Event Management
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Sporting Event Marketing Assistant
  • Assistant Athletics Director
  • Entry Level Management

Your future starts at Southern Miss!


Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Core Course Descriptions (24 hours required)

  • SM 605: Policy and Governance (3hrs)
  • SM 612: Financial Management in Sport (3hrs)
  • SM 630: Socio-Ethical Issues in Sport (3hrs)
  • SM 642: Sport Venue and Event Management (3hrs)
  • SM 676: Trends and Issues in Sport Management (3hrs)
  • SM 682: Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Sport (3hrs)
  • SM 700: Sport Management Practicum/Internship (3hrs)
  • SM 715: Sport Marketing and Public Relations (3hrs)

Elective Courses (9 hours)

  • Nine hours of advisor approved electives in SM – Options: SM 620, 626, 628, 692, 714, or 731


Sport Event Security Management Emphasis (9 hrs)

  • SM 620: Introduction to Sport Security Management

Introduction to the nature and scope of sport security. Study of Domestic and International threats, natural disasters, and crowd management operation issues in sport.

  • SM 626: Threat and Risk Assessment for Sport Venues

This course provides an overview of the Homeland Security threat and risk assessment methodology as it applies to sports event venue.

  • SM 628: Sport Event Emergency Response Planning

This course provides an overview of emergency response and security plans for major sporting events, including crowd management and crisis management.

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional course fees may apply to the online Sports Management Degree.  Fees range between $20 – $60.

Click here for information on the steps you’ll need to complete in order to be admitted to Southern Miss.

The online Sports Management Degree takes 36 hours to complete.

For the online Sports Management Degree, it is recommended that you have a fairly new computer and a high-speed Internet connection. Some classes require the ability to record and upload videos, live chat, etc.

If I have already taken the GRE, do I have to take it again?

If you have previously taken the GRE, you may ask that the scores be sent to The University of Southern Mississippi, or you may choose to retake the GRE and have the new scores sent to USM. If you would like to have your score sent to The University of Southern Mississippi call the GRE testing center at 1-888-473-7267.

Who is my advisor or departmental contact?

Dr. Dennis Phillips (

Does the standard tuition apply for part-time students?

Click here and choose the term that applies to view the costs associated with part-time enrollment.

What is the deadline for registering for classes?

Click here and choose the term that applies.


What is the minimum number of classes that I can take to be considered full-time?

You must enroll in at least 9 credit hours in order to have full-time status.

Does enrollment in the online program follow the standard academic calendar?

Yes, you’ll start and end classes on the same dates as the in-person students.

Will there be any courses that have face-to-face requirements?

No, none of the classes in the sport management program have face-to-face requirements.

Are the exams required to be proctored?

It is up to the instructor of a course if an exam requires a proctor. You should always read the content in the syllabus and online course site to determine if a proctor is needed. There is an application that must be completed at least 15 days prior to taking an exam. For information about proctoring click here.

What are the costs?

For pricing information, click here.  For financial aid information, click here.  For detailed tuition information, click here.


What other online degrees are offered by Online at Southern Miss?

Please visit our programs page here:

Will other classes besides the ones listed in degree requirements count towards my degree?

Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.

Can this degree be completed fully online?

Yes, the program is available totally online.  Students are not required to visit campus for an in-class lecture; however, an online lecture may be required by your instructor.

Are there additional fees?

Additional course fees may apply.  Fees range between $20-$60.

Are you a military veteran or service member?

If yes, visit for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs.   We will help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions, and course enrollment.