Online Master’s in Sports Management – (Non-Thesis) Empowering Sports Leaders


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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Are you a sports enthusiast with a passion for athletics? Maybe you already work in sports, but you’d like to earn a career-enhancing credential that can help you stand out to hiring managers, put you in line for a pay raise at your current job, or launch your career to new heights. If that sounds like you, Liberty University’s Master of Arts (MA) in Sports Management – General (Non-Thesis) degree can help give you a competitive edge in the multi-billion-dollar sports industry.

Sports management professionals handle finances, facility management, marketing, and event management for sports organizations and teams. They can apply their skills to nearly all types of sports-related industries, including recreation, social and private organizations, government, amateur, college-level athletics, and professional sports. Several of our sports management graduates have gone on to work for professional sports organizations, including the Washington Commanders.

By partnering with us, you can earn your sports management master’s degree in as little as 1.5 years. Our graduate-level coursework can help prepare you for managerial, administrative, and analyst roles within the field of sports.

At Liberty, your success is our success, and we would be honored to serve you as you strive to accomplish your career goals. Apply today and become an ethical, principled difference-maker in the world of sports.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Liberty University has earned specialized accreditation for its online master’s in sports management programs through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). This distinction shows that your degree has a stamp of approval from a reputable sports management accrediting agency. Liberty is also regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), so you can feel confident that you are studying at a respected institution of higher learning.

At Liberty, we have been training principled leaders since 1971 – and we’ve been doing it on a distance platform since 1985. As a pioneer in distance education, we understand how to design an online sports management degree that enhances your life. We understand you have personal commitments to your job, family, and community – which is why our online sports management degree can be completed with no set login times and no required intensives.

With our sports management master’s program, you’ll have the freedom to study from your own home or office. You can remain active in your job, family, and community without the worry of having to take courses on-campus. You will also complete an internship as part of your degree — allowing you to gain hands-on experience in sports management at a site near you as you prepare for a sport management career.

The sports industry is constantly changing. With our sports management degree program, you can gain the skills you need to be successful in the field of sports administration. Throughout this degree, you can examine the background of sports, gain valuable insight into the industry, and look at the nature of marketing and public relations from a strategic sport marketing perspective.

As a sport management major, you’ll begin by studying social issues in sport management, sport marketing and public relations, and ethics in sport. You’ll also study the foundations of sport outreach, legal issues in sports, financial principles in sport management, and research in sports, recreation, and tourism.

In addition, this sport management degree online allows you to select 3 electives of your choosing. That way, you’ll be able to tailor your degree to meet your unique career interests or wade into new subjects you’re simply interested in learning more about.

From there, you will complete a comprehensive exam that covers everything you’ve learned in your core sports management courses. A passing score on the exam is required for you to move on to the next and final part of your degree: an internship.

Our sports management internship can be completed in either 1 or 2 semesters – so long as you complete a minimum of 400 hours. This internship can be completed at a location near you and is an excellent opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience in the field you’re most passionate about: managing sports.

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

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Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.