Sport Management

About the concentration

The highly ranked GW Sport Management program is designed to develop leaders and entrepreneurs to facilitate the continued growth of the $500 billion global sports industry. Students gain knowledge of key issues and aspects of the industry from leading sport professionals and through hands-on experiences. The sport management program prepares students through practical assignments to manage and market athletes, sports media, facilities, events, and products utilizing the latest analytical tools and strategies.

Distinctive advantages of enrolling in the MTA program’s sport management concentration include: access to internship and job opportunities in the Washington, D.C., area, which have included the Washington Redskins, ESPN and Octagon for recent students; opportunities to learn inside of the classroom through lectures, discussions, guest speakers, and field trips – as well as through our innovative off-campus study programs such as the Olympic Games, World Cup, and MLB China; and being part of exciting events and activities with our close-knit MTA family as well as our wider GW School of Business and University communities.


Course # Course Title Credits
Core (9 Credits)
TSTD 6251 Quantitative Application in Tourism & Hospitality Management 3
TSTD 6270 Tourism & Hospitality Management Research 3
TSTD 6249 Sustainable Destination Development 3
Concentration (12 Credits)
TSTD 6264 Sport Marketing 3
TSTD 6265 Sport Law 3
TSTD 6266 Sport Facilities 3
TSTD 6267 Sport Media & Communications 3
Suggested Electives (9 Credits)
DSCN 6290 Sport Analytics 1.5
TSTD 6280 Sport Finance 1.5
TSTD 6280 Global Issues in Sport Management 1.5
TSTD 6280 Sport Philanthropy 1.5
TSTD 6282 International Experience 3
Capstone (6 Credits)
TSTD 6283 Practicum 3
TSTD 6297 Advanced Topic Studies 3
Total Credits 36

Additional Electives:

The electives noted above are the suggested coursework to complement the concentration however students are allowed to pick any 9 credits of electives from all available. Available electives include:

  • TSTD 6277 Event Management (3 credits)
  • MRKT 6248 Advertising and Sales (3 credits)
  • TSTD 6279 Event Entertainment (3 credits)
  • MNGT 6215 Negotiations & Conflict Management  (3 credits)
  • MNGT 6254 Labor-Relations/Management (3 credits)
  • MNGT 292 Small Business Management (3 credits)
  • IBUS 6266 International Marketing (3 credits)
  • TSTD 6296 Tourism Information Systems (Online course) (3 credits)
  • PPPA 6031 Management of Non-Profit (3 credits)
  • PPPA 6032/6033 Non-Profit Fund Raising (3 credits)

To read the course descriptions please visit the courses page.