Master of Science Sport Management
Columbia, SC 29204
Teaching and service have always been at the forefront of Benedict’s mission and vision. Benedict’s commitment to personal and societal impact is still apparent in its latest mission statement, adopted in 2018:
Benedict College will be a leader in providing transformative learning experiences for a diverse student body, defined by superior cultural and professional competencies that are nurtured and developed by faculty, staff and stakeholders who value innovation, customer service, community and industry engagement.”
Benedict College is driven by the desire to create experiences that are transformative for both the individual students and the communities that they represent. As a teaching institution, the College emphasizes intellectual transformation by promoting “cultural and professional competencies,” ensuring that students gain practical, applicable skills that meet the demands of the modern job market. The College promotes economic transformation by identifying academic programs that provide graduates strong potential for future employability and financial advancement. Furthermore, the economic impact extends through the College’s graduates to the families and communities that they ultimately serve. Finally, the College drives community transformation by inculcating a sense of civic responsibility through student and faculty involvement in community-embedded projects. At Benedict, students learn that true education is communal in its impact and outreach.
Sport Management Curriculum
Benedict’s Sport Management Master’s is designed to provide intensive study of current sport business practices that will prepare students to meet the demands of the contemporary sport management market. Problem-solving, theoretical and applied learning, and effective communication are stressed to ensure that graduates have both the technical and theoretical knowledge to enter the marketplace with confidence.
Based upon the recommendations of the Sport Management Master’s faculty, the full college faculty approved the program with two concentration options:
The Athletic Administration Concentration is designed to prepare candidates to function in a sport business environment. Students will gain practical experiences with athletic administration job components, sport ethical roles, and sport laws. Participants will be exposed to sport finances, sport governance, sport facility management, commercial recreation, and outdoor recreation and sport planning.
The Coaching Concentration is designed to prepare candidates with the managerial and leadership skills required to coach on all sport levels (i.e., Recreational, Public School, Collegiate, Semi-Professional, Professional, and Olympic Levels). Students will be exposed to the psychology of sport; coaching, officiating and teaching concepts; sport analytics; athletic training and Esports. They will experience different coaching, officiating, analyzing, educating, training and learning environments. Graduates will display sport leadership and practical management skills to lead, manage, direct, coach, and operate various sports and sporting agencies.
All degree completion options share a common core curriculum of 12 credit hours that emphasize advanced management, marketing, and legal concepts. This is then supplemented by 12-18 hours of directed courses within the applicable sub-field (Athletic Administration or Coaching). Each concentration culminates in a capstone experience designed to demonstrate synthesis of learned concepts. Based upon academic and professional goals, students can choose between the preparation and defense of an independently-researched thesis (12 hours of coursework) or completion of a supervised practicum and comprehensive examination (6 hours of coursework).
Program of Study
Benedict College gives serious consideration to every applicant who is committed to taking full advantage of the opportunity it provides him/her to obtain a graduate education. The College makes its educational opportunities available to all such applicants interested in participating in its programs.
However, each applicant must provide evidence of a reasonable probability of success in graduate school before he/she can be admitted. The College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant it judges unlikely to benefit from its programs.
Full Admission: Applicants for admission to graduate studies at Benedict College will have to submit a completed application packet and pay a non-refundable application fee. Additionally, the SMM Admissions Committee reviews the following requirements:
- Completed online graduate admission application
- Non-refundable application fee
- Interview with SMM Admissions Committee
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores (optional)
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation
- Statement of Commitment and Interest
- English Proficiency