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The Master of Science in Sport Management (MSSM) program prepares students for executive careers in events and facility management, sports marketing, athlete representation, sports analytics, sports media and the sporting goods industry, working with professional teams and leagues and in collegiate athletics.


Academic Program

Students in the Master of Science in Sport Management (MSSM) program at the GW School of Business are provided with the knowledge and skills they need to excel in a rapidly expanding field. The sports industry is currently estimated to be a $500 billion business and the employment demand for trained, credentialed professionals is growing.

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Admission to the Master of Science in Sport Management program is competitive. Applicants must present a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and meet the minimum requirements.

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Tuition and Financial Planning

From scholarships and fellowships to loans and work-study, a variety of resources are available to help finance your degree.

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MSSM Degree Requirements

An overview of current courses offered in the MS in Sport Management program.

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Highlights From Around the World


At the GW School of Business, learning and networking occurs far beyond the classroom. Students in the MSSM program choose from several for-credit domestic and international opportunities, including:

  • Consulting in developing global destinations
  • Domestic case studies
  • Immersion programs at the Olympic Games and the World Cup

MSSM students, faculty and staff are also regularly featured in print, radio, television and online news publications around the world.



Latest News


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GW Sport Management Case Team Makes Top 10 in NCSS Championship

The National Collegiate Sports Sales Championship was a very competitive event in which students had to pitch professional sport team executives. Shannon Kearney and Waseem Mansoor made it to the final rounds for individuals, but the GWSB team as a whole scored well enough to place in the top 10 overall.

The Great China Baseball Hunt

In 2015, students in the “Sport Globalization: MLB China” course spent eight days in Shanghai and Beijing observing Major League Baseball’s plan to develop the first Major Leaguer from mainland China. The course led to a documentary film now in production. The film's main character: MLB China talent scout Ray Chang, born in Kansas City, who was hours away from his own big-league dream when a freak injury turned his life in a different direction.

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GW Alumnae Featured In Sports Industry Story

Sarah Lyon writes about several former students working in the sports industry and how GW played a role in their development. Read the full article on page 30 of the latest GWBusiness Magazine here.

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GW Panel: Women Leaders in the Sports Industry

The GW Sport Business Association and MS in Sport Management program recently hosted the Sport Integrity Global Alliance’s (SIGA) event, “Female Leadership in Sport: Making It Happen,” at the University Student Center. Students had the opportunity to hear from and meet with women executives in the sports industry, and GWSB’s Lisa Delpy Neirotti was one of the featured speakers on the program.

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Lisa Delpy Neirotti Hosts World Sport Event and Tourism Summit

The director of the MSSM program recently hosted the 2nd World Sport Event and Tourism Summit (WSET) in Yangzhou, China. WSET speakers included representatives from the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, UN World Tourism Organization, UNESCO, MLB China, and 10 international sports federations. 

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GWSB Students Meet with NBA Commissioner

A group of GWSB sport management students met with National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner Adam Silver during halftime at this weekend’s Capital City Go-Go game. The GW students also met with Go-Go General Manager “Pops” Mensah-Bonsu. Mr. Mensah-Bonsu (BA ’06) is a former NBA player and power forward and center for the GW Colonials.

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MS in Sport Management Program Ranked 3rd Worldwide

London-based intelligence service SportBusiness, a provider of data and analytics to sports executives, has awarded the MS in Sport Management program at the GW School of Business 3rd place overall in its worldwide ranking of postgraduate sport management degree programs.


How COVID-19 Shook the Cactus League

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Baseball Insiders and Government Officials Share Their Thoughts on Arizona's Lost Spring

COVID-19 brought sports to a standstill in the United States, including Major League Baseball spring training, an annual rite of spring. On March 12, Commissioner Rob Manfred cancelled the exhibition season in Florida and Arizona. That posed a challenge for GW students in Professor Mark Hyman’s “Business of Spring Training – Arizona” course. On March 15, 18 students, most in the Master of Sport Management program, had been set to begin a week of site visits and interviews throughout the Cactus League. The trip to Arizona never happened. Instead, the class pivoted to a “Business of Spring Training Oral History Project.” Student teams researched and then virtually interviewed nine baseball industry and Arizona government officials to learn how the pandemic had touched their work and personal lives.

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George Talks Sports


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Presented by the GW School of Business, George Talks Business is a new series of 30-minute moderated interviews with notable alumni and respected thought leaders in business. Expand the tabs below to view events featuring:

  • Major League Baseball broadcaster Jon Miller
  • Mark Lerner, managing principal owner and vice chairman of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club
  • Washington Post Sports Columnist Barry Svrluga and Washington Post Sports Staff Writer Sam Fortier

April 15, 2019 - The State of Baseball: Reflections of a Hall of Fame Broadcaster

The 11th George Talks Business event was held on Monday, April 15. Jon Miller, pre-eminent Major League Baseball broadcaster and National Baseball Hall of Fame 2010 Ford C. Frick award-winner, was interviewed by GWSB Professor Mark Hyman and Ryan Delaney (BBA '19), President, Sports Business Association.

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Jon Miller, honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the 2010 Ford C. Frick award winner for baseball broadcasting excellence, the “Voice of the Giants”, enters his 22nd season in the broadcast booth on KNBR Radio, NBC Bay Area and NBC Sports Bay Area. Miller was thrilled to broadcast his 16th World Series in 2014 as the Giants won it all for the third time in five years. Miller was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2014.

In 1990, when ESPN TV first began its coverage of Major League Baseball, Miller was chosen as the first play-by-play commentator on the award-winning ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game of the week broadcast. Miller and his Hall of Fame partner, Joe Morgan, teamed up on the prime time telecast for 21 seasons. During his tenure at ESPN, he was nominated twice for a national Emmy Award, and broadcast 13 consecutive World Series on ESPN Radio. He has broadcast 16 World Series overall. He was also nominated six times for an “ACE” award, emblematic of cable television excellence, and won the award in 1991 - the first ESPN play-by-play announcer to win the award, and 1996.

Miller was named National Sportscaster of the Year by the American Sportscasters Association (ASA) in 1998. That same year, Miller was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association of America (NSSAA). In 2016, Miller received a Northern California Emmy Award, the third local Emmy for his Giants television work. Prior to his work on ESPN, Miller broadcast an occasional game on NBC-TV with either Tony Kubek or Joe Garagaiola.

Miller spent 14 years with the Baltimore Orioles before coming to the Giants. Prior to joining Baltimore in 1983, the talented broadcaster spent two seasons with the Texas Rangers (1978-79) and three seasons with the Boston Red Sox (1980-82). Miller got his first baseball play-by-play job in 1974 at age 22 calling radio and TV for that year’s World Series Champion Oakland Athletics.

The Bay Area native has also broadcast NHL hockey, NBA basketball and championship soccer games on national television in his distinguished career. In 2018, Miller was inducted into the College of San Mateo (CA) Hall of Fame. Miller began his broadcasting career as a student at CSM and broadcast baseball, football and basketball games on KCSM, the college’s radio and TV stations.

Jon and his wife, Janine, reside in Moss Beach. They are parents to three daughters, Misha, Holly (married to Paul Gallagher) and Emilie, and a son, Alexander.

September 16, 2019

On Monday, September 16, Mark Lerner, managing principal owner and vice chairman of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club, was interviewed by Lisa Delpy Neirotti, Ph.D., director of the MS in Sport Management program and associate professor of Sport Management at GWSB. Mr. Lerner and Professor Delpy Neirotti discussed the business of baseball and the similarities — and differences — between running a major real estate development firm and running a major league ballclub. Mr. Lerner shared an “inside baseball” perspective on the game’s future and talked about the Nats’ commitment to the D.C. community through the club’s youth baseball academy in Ward 7, sponsorship of local Little League programs, and strong support for the area’s military and veteran communities.

This session was organized with the generous support of Steve Ross, BBA '81.

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Mark D. Lerner is a native Washingtonian and managing principal owner and vice chairman of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. He is also a Principal of Lerner Enterprises, the largest private real estate developers in the Washington, D.C. area. The company was founded in 1952 by Mark’s father, Theodore N. Lerner, and is involved in all phases of real estate including planning, development, construction, leasing, asset and property management. The Lerner organization has developed millions of square feet of office buildings, retail centers, hotels and residential communities in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. The principals of the company include Mark’s father Ted, and his brothers-in-law, Edward L. Cohen and Robert K. Tanenbaum. He received his BBA from the George Washington University in 1975.

An enthusiastic sports fan since childhood, Mark also represents the Lerner, Cohen and Tanenbaum families as a partner in Monumental Sports & Entertainment – the sports investment group that owns the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, NBA Washington Wizards, WNBA Washington Mystics, AFL Champion Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade, and the Capital One Arena. Mark holds numerous volunteer positions within the community. He is currently on the Council of Advisors of the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, a member of the Board of Directors of Hillel at the George Washington University, a member of the Advisory Board of Israel Bonds, a member of the New York University DC Center Steering Committee, a member of the board of the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame, vice president of The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation, a board member of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, and an officer of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. In 2007, he received the prestigious Chadesh Yameinu Award from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland, where he previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and as chair of the Building & Grounds Committee. He was also co-chair of the 2004 JCC Maccabi Games of Greater Washington. In 2015, he was awarded Trendsetter of the Year in commercial real estate by Transwestern and Delta Associates. Mark also sits on Major League Baseball’s Competition Committee.

Adding to this history of community involvement in the Washington area, the Lerner family is pleased to expand their participation in the region through the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. This includes major projects such as the state-of-the-art Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Ward 7 and the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center. In addition, the Lerner and Nationals charitable foundations helped to create the Washington Nationals Miracle Field in Germantown, Md., to encourage disabled children to play baseball. The team also hosts player trips to visit active military and veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and hosts and honors returning veterans at each of their home games.

Mark resides in Washington with his wife of 40 years, Judy Lenkin Lerner. They have three children and two grandchildren.

November 12, 2019 - The Washington Post Sports Panel: World Series Rewind

On Tuesday, November 12, Washington Post Sports Columnist Barry Svrluga and Washington Post Sports Staff Writer Sam Fortier discussed the business of baseball and the Washington Nationals' magical season with GWSB Professor Mark Hyman and Bailee Weisz, president of the GW Sports Business Association.







Conferences, Publications, TV, Radio & More


GW Sport Management Professors - Expert Opinion Highlights

View all MS in Sport Management newsletters published since Fall 2019.

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Industry Connections


  • Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Under Armour, Red Bull
  • Octagon, Lagardere, IMG, AEG, WMG, CAA, GMR, Momentum, Velocity Sports, Wanda Sports
  • NFL Players Association
  • ESPN, CBS, NBC, Fox, BeIN Sports
  • Google
  • Comcast-Spectacor, SMG
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • US. Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee
  • Special Olympics International and International Paralympics Committee
  • SnowSports Industries of America
  • Washington Redskins, Wizards, Mystics, Nationals, Capitals, D.C. United, Seattle Sonics, Texas Rangers, Orlando Magic, LA Dodgers and Chargers,
  • Chicago Whitesox and Bulls, Miami Heat and Dolphins, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, New York Yankees, Knicks and Rangers, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia Sixers, Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, New Jersey Devils
  • NCAA and numerous Division 1 collegiate athletic programs
  • Nielsen, Aramark
  • George Bodenheimer, former President, ESPN
  • Albert Chen, author, Billion Dollar Fantasy: The High-Stakes Game Between FanDuel and DraftKings That Upended Sports in America
  • Adam Rippon, U.S. figure skater, bronze medalist, 2018 Winter Olympics
  • Lisa Baird, Chief Marketing Officer, U.S. Olympic Committee
  • Richard Deitsch, Host, Sport Media Podcast; Media Reporter, The Athletic
  • Phil de Picciotto, President Octagon
  • Kelly Flanigan, Talent Buyer, Live Nation
  • Alexa Herndon, VP of Human Resources, Washington Nationals
  • Bob Miller, Assistant General Manager, Washington Nationals
  • Michele Powell, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Capital One Arena at Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • Doug Nickerson, Senior Director of CRM, Washington Redskins
  • Elizabeth Noe, General Manager, Aramark
  • Bennet Omalu, neuropathologist who discovered the first CTE case in a professional football player
  • Grant Paranjape, Director of Esports Business & Team Operations, Monumental Sports Entertainment
  • Jacob Raim, Senior Director of Digital Media, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • Joel Segal, President, Lagardere Sports & Entertainment
  • Adam Sinclair, Director of Operations, USTA/U.S. Open
  • Tommy Sheppard, Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations, Washington Wizards
  • DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director, National Football League Players Association
  • Greg Stangel, Senior VP of Global Solutions, Fox
  • Matt Taylor, Senior Director of Football Communications, Miami Dolphins
  • Lara Tosani Weems, Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (76ers, Devils)
  • David Touhey, President, Venues MSE
  • Abby Wambach, U.S. Olympic and World Cup soccer player
  • Michael Wilbon, ESPN, co-host of "Pardon the Interruption"
  • Rebecca Winn, VP of Marketing, Washington Wizards
  • Jon Miller, Major League Baseball broadcaster and commentator
  • Christine Brennan, national sports columnist, USA Today; commentator, ABC News, CNN, PBS NewsHour





Rebecca Winn, Vice President of Marketing, Washington Wizards & Mystics
MTA '06 – Sport Management Concentration

"My time in the MTA program was perfect — [it] got me this opportunity."

Alumni News

GW alumnus Ryan Riffenburgh

Alumnus Gets World Series Ring

Ryan Riffenburgh, MS in Sport Management ’20, received the ring from the Washington Nationals in recognition of his internship with the team during its historic championship season.



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Meet Our Faculty


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Lisa Delpy Neirotti

  • Director, MS in Sport Management Program
  • Associate Professor of Sport Management







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