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PhD in Kinesiology, Sport Management

Sport management professionals from Ohio State possess the unique skills that keep sports and physical activities organizations successful. With a master's degree in sport management, you'll be prepared for careers that range from facilities managers and sports marketers to athletic directors and head coaches, in all areas of athletics.

Overview

For more than 40 years, the sport management program at Ohio State has established a reputation for developing students for successful careers in academia and the professional world.

Our PhD program puts you in a position to become a leader in the field of sport management. You'll have opportunities to customize your studies, master your research skills and get the encouragement to follow your passions, wherever they lie. This flexibility allows you to get involved with several types of research and get exposed to many different interdisciplinary areas at Ohio State.

In addition to the one-on-one, personalized support you will receive from our internationally renowned faculty members, you'll receive guidance from those outside of the program. At Ohio State, you'll step into a big network of people inside and around the university that will keep you connected. So no matter where your studies lead you, you're able to find the resources to support your one-of-a-kind area of interest.

Attending school at Ohio State will allow you to not only study sport management while being completely immersed in a sports city, but your education from the College of Education and Human Ecology will provide you with an experience that goes far beyond research.

You'll inspire students when you teach in the classroom, connect with colleagues when you present at conferences and get recognized by experts around the world when your research is published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Career Paths

Many graduates go on to become faculty members at colleges and universities.

Program Requirements

Deadline to apply: December 1
Program start: Autumn semester
Prerequisites: Master's degree, current GRE scores
Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 57
Coursework: Sports marketing, understanding sport consumers, sport organization theory, sport and society, business of college sports, research methods 
Degree requirements:3 department core courses (9 hours), 3 research core courses (9-12 hours), specialization courses (27 hours), dissertation (6 hours), breadth requirement (6 hours)

Doctoral Appendices
Graduate Program Handbook
Master's curriculum sheet

Faculty

Donna L. Pastore, PhD, Professor
Brian A. Turner, PhD, Associate Professor

Contact

Department of Human Sciences
PAES Building, 1st Floor
305 W. 17th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
614.688.1444

Brian Turner
Program Chair/Associate Professor
turner.409@osu.edu

Graduate Student Services
614.292.6787
kinesiology@osu.edu