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Graduate Bulletin

Sport and Recreation Management, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:  April 15

Spring:  September 30


Applications are processed as they arrive through the deadline.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be requested from individuals who are capable and prepared to make judgments on the applicant's ability to complete graduate studies. Undergraduate faculty and advisors are the best sources. Character references are acceptable, but at least one letter should be from an individual in higher education. If undergraduate work was completed a number of years ago, this may be a difficult request; therefore, discretion should be used when selecting one's references.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be 350-500 words in length and should include three components: academic/professional goals; personal strengths that will contribute to success in the graduate program; and personal weaknesses that may inhibit success in the program.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE, GMAT, or MAT is required. Scores are expected to be in the range of 65% to 75%.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 79 iBT or 550 PBT.  Minimum IELTS Academic score:  6.5.


A current resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into the program. The credits must be equivalent to coursework offered at Temple, and the grade must be a "B" or better in order to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36

Required Courses (18 s.h.):

STHM 5111:  Applied Research

STHM 5216:  Business Strategy in Sport and Recreation

STHM 5221:  Sport Governance and Policy

STHM 5411:  Management of Organizations

STHM 5413:  Financial Management

STHM 5415:  Service Marketing

Sport and Recreation Management Electives (12 s.h.):

STHM 5212:  Legal Issues in Sport and Recreation

STHM 5220:  Special Topics in Sport and Recreation

STHM 5222:  Facility Management

STHM 5225:  Sales and Development in Sport and Recreation

STHM 5226:  Consumer Behavior in Sport and Recreation

STHM 5421:  Event Management

STHM 5485:  Graduate Internship

STHM 9995:  Master's Project

STHM 9996:  Master's Thesis

External Requirements* (6 s.h.):

Two courses from the Fox School of Business and Management

* Selection is made from approved courses in the Fox School of Business and Management. Courses are chosen on an individual basis and with specific advisement from the student's curriculum advisor. The selection process takes into consideration the student's undergraduate and professional experience, and tries to identify missing management expertise.

Internship:  An internship is not required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Event:

Comprehensive Examination:

The comprehensive examination is designed to test comprehension of the total field of study and is not limited to specific information covered formally in classes. The examination requires that a student demonstrate in writing the ability to apply, analyze, and synthesize information.

Comprehensive examinations are administered three times a year:  November, April, and June. Students must register for the examination with the Director of Programs in Sport and Recreation Management at the beginning of the semester.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

111 Speakman Hall (006-68)

1810 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:

Admissions and Recruitment:

Michael Usino, M.L.A.



Director of Programs in Sport & Recreation Management:

Joris Drayer, Ph.D.


R. Aubrey Kent, Ph.D.

About the Program

The goal of the graduate program in Sport and Recreation Management is to prepare future leaders in the areas of policymaking, management, supervision, education, and research. The program provides for the analysis of current trends, problems, and policies that affect sport and leisure services. Designed to provide a multidisciplinary approach to sport and leisure studies, with an emphasis on business and management, the program is structured to prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities in sport administration, recreation administration, and leisure services. (Students interested in studying at the doctoral level should refer to the Ph.D. program in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport offered by Fox School of Business and Management.)

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Students may take their two business electives at the Fort Washington, Ambler, or Center City campuses, or online.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:00 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

111 Speakman Hall (006-68)

1810 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research, and interactions among faculty and students with interest in the economics of sports, marketing, stadium and arena management, administration, public recreation, fund raising, policymaking, and finance.

Study Abroad:

Students who wish to do their internships abroad work closely with the Center for Student Professional Development, which assists with the necessary contacts and supervision.


While formal ranking of academic programs in Sport and Recreation Management is not done, the program was among the first to be approved by the North American Society for Sport Management and has been viewed as one of the leading programs in the nation.

Areas of Specialization:

Faculty members specialize and offer coursework in administration, facility management, athletic governance, marketing, fund raising, and marketing and consumer behavior.

Job Placement:

Students typically find placements in college athletics, campus recreation, professional sports, sports governing bodies, youth sports, stadium and arena management, and parks and recreation.


Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

Students who are not eligible for admission may take up to 9 s.h. of coursework on a non-matriculated basis. If accepted into the program, the courses may be applied toward the degree program.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching and Research Assistantships and Externships within the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management are reserved for students who are capable of teaching undergraduate classes in specialized academic areas or assisting in faculty research. TAs, RAs, and Externs are expected to provide 20 hours per week of service throughout the academic year. A nine-month stipend is offered along with full (9 s.h.) tuition remission for the Fall and Spring semesters. Teaching and Research Assistantship and Externship applications are not evaluated until a Graduate School application and all appropriate materials have been received. Assistantships and Externships are available only to admitted students. The evaluation of applicants for Teaching and Research Assistantships and Externships begins by March and continues until all positions have been filled.

Updated 6.13.13