Master’s Accelerator

The Master’s degree in Sport Management is an interdisciplinary graduate program that trains professionals for administrative positions within all sectors of the sports industry. The graduate program supports careers in:

  • Sport Management
  • Player and Team Management
  • Journalism & Sports

 Benefits of the program include:

  • Flexibility – Blended coursework that combines face-to-face sessions, online learning, and field experiences.  
  • Program Reputation – The KU School of Education was recently ranked 15th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools. 
  • Professional Network – Instructors and fellow graduate students will offer a broad-based knowledge of the field, lifelong friends, and fellow colleagues from their programs.  
  • Access to KU Athletics – Students at KU benefit from access to a robust, high-caliber athletics department which can facilitate unmatched learning and field-based experiences.
  • Hands-on learning – The Laboratory for the Study of Sport Management at KU offers unique interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Accelerator Admission Details

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
GPA 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 (no part score below 6.0) 6.0 (no part score below 5.5)
TOEFL IBT 84 (no part below 23 except speaking) 70 (no part below 19 except speaking)
GRE Required


Minimum Scores
Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 141
Analytical Writing: 4.0

Program Start Date Spring or Fall Spring or Fall

Qualifying undergraduate degrees:

All four-year bachelor’s degrees.

Sample MAP Coursework

  • Introduction to Statistical Analysis (closed course)
  • Students may choose additional courses from a list of electives determined by program

Progression Details

Once students successfully complete their MAP curriculum and meet the progression requirements for their degree, students progress into their master’s degree. They will bring 6 or 9 credits with them that count towards the total number of credits required for their degree. Students will pay KU’s standard cost per credit hour for the duration of their degree. The average graduate student will take 9-12 credits per semester, based on workload, course availability, and number of credits needed. Direct MAP students are enrolled in their degree program from the start and do not need to meet any requirements to progress.

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
Credits Earned Towards Degree 9 6
Progression Requirements Maintain status Graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
No grade lower than a B
Total credits required for degree: