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Recreation and Sport Management M.S.


Indiana State University offers a master of science in recreation and sport management (M.S.) for working professionals who have experience in public or private organizations and now seek a graduate-level degree to further their education and foster career advancement. The M.S. focuses on preparing students to provide leadership and excel in the growing discipline of sport management.

  • The master of science is a 36-credit-hour (minimum) program.
  • The program requires an additional 3 credit hours for those students not having a sport management major or minor.
  • Students are permitted to transfer up to nine credits of comparable graduate coursework with a grade of "B" or better.
  • The program includes a focus on preparing students to enter the growing discipline of sport management, with specific emphasis on governance of sport, sport marketing, sport finance, event and facility planning, sport law, and management functions.
  • As a nationally recognized program, the M.S. offers students a unique opportunity to take advantage of the three primary employment segments in the sport industry: performance, production, and promotion.
  • The program engages students through both a research project and an internship opportunity included in the program curriculum.
  • Students may take up to 7 years to complete the program and earn the degree.

The core content of the graduate program emphasizes eight competency areas established by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). These emphasis areas include:

  • Leadership, management, and organization of sport
  • Research methods and applications
  • Legal aspects of and risk management in sport
  • Marketing of sport programs and facilities
  • Sport in the social context
  • Financial management of sport programs
  • Ethics in sport management

Upon graduation, students will enter the commercial, professional sport, collegiate sport, campus recreation, military recreational sport programming, nonprofit sports programs, elite amateur sports (USOC), or community sports programs. The graduate program was designed to keep the instructor-to-student ratio small, allowing opportunities for students and faculty to develop close working relationships.

Graduates of this program are qualified to be specialists who will have the expertise to:

  • Assume supervisory and administrative positions in interscholastic athletics, intercollegiate athletics, professional sports, elite amateur athletics, campus and military recreational sports programs, and facility and event management
  • Provide leadership, management, and organization of sport in areas including K-12 and higher education, professional sports organizations, and community-based/amateur athletic programs
  • Assume financial and marketing management responsibility for public and private sport programs

Required Courses:

All courses are offered online. On-campus visits are not required. High-speed Internet access is required.

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Admission Requirements:

This program is open to in-state and many out-of-state students. This program is closed to all students residing abroad (including international students) except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all undergraduate coursework
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level
  • The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) are not required.
  • This program does not require applicants to submit letters of reference.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Application Instructions:

  1. Apply online.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the college attended to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809-1904. E-transcripts should be sent to
  3. Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $45.00 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) or $65.00 (international students) payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University. Submit payment to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.

Note: The M.S. program does not require the applicant to provide letters of recommendation, and does not require submittal of a statement of personal or philosophical goals and past experiences


Students are encouraged to apply early to ensure admission. Students are accepted each semester (fall and spring) and during the summer session.

  • Fall semester: preferably by July 15
  • Spring semester: preferably by November 15
  • Summer session: preferably by April 1

Applications submitted after these deadlines will be considered for admission. However, it is quite possible, due to time limitations, that students will not be granted admission to the semester requested on their applications.

Fees & Expenses:

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Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information:

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.