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PhD in Kinesiology, Sport Management

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


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.

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.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1 – to be considered for funding. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions beginning in late January and rolling admissions continue until the cohort is filled. Contact the program if you need to request review of a late application.
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Master's degree
Minimum Program Hours: 

Application Materials: Online application, Transcripts, Statement of Purpose, CV/resume, 3 Letters of Recommendation, GRE scores, Test of English scores (if applicable)
Time to Degree: 3 years
Location: While a limited number of courses may be completed online, in-person learning on the Columbus campus is essential to degree completion.
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)

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Kwame Agyemang, PhD, Associate Professor
Leeann Lower-Hoppe, PhD, Assistant Professor
Donna L. Pastore, PhD, Professor
Brian A. Turner, PhD, Professor


Department of Human Sciences
PAES Building, 1st Floor
305 Annie and John Glenn Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Brian Turner
Program Chair/Associate Professor

Graduate Student Services