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California State University, Long Beach



Fall Application Deadline: June 1, 2018


- M.A. Sport Management


- Long Beach, CA


- 18 months/36 credits


- $18,900

Required GPA

- minimum 2.75

Admission Requirements

- Statement of Purpose
- Three reference forms
- Resume
- Proof of GRE scores: minimum 145 quantitative, 145 verbal, 3.5 analytical


- 9 credits
- Minimum 500 contact hours

- Over 400 affiliations



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Mission Statement:

To provide a sound foundation in the Business of Sport, resulting in meaningful employment!

All LT Event - November 30, 2017


The Graduate Program in Sport Management recently held an All Learning Team Event.  This event is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet and share with industry executives and peers!

This event was particularly special because our featured panel consisted of female executives: Cara Vanderhook (Vice President, Marketing and Communication for STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater), Michele Kajiwara (Senior Vice President, Premium Seating for STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater), and Penny Toler (Executive Vice President and General Manager for the LA Sparks).

The topic of the event was “Growth and Upward Mobility in Leadership,” and the discussion was led by Joann Klonowski, the Vice President of the Special Olympics World Games 2015 and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Sport Management Program.

Some topics of conversation included the setbacks and achievements of being a female in a male-dominated industry, their personal stories that lead them to their career, and advice to our students on how to persevere and succeed.

Joann opened the conversation to the students to ask questions. To end the night, the panelists encouraged the students to take advantage of the opportunities they are given, because you never know where those opportunities can take you.

By: Alicia Utke

Where Are They Now:

Check out the positions our alumni and current students are obtaining:

Bosko Dimic (LT 30)- Inside Sales Executive, Agua Caliente Clippers

Kendrick Mooney (LT 28)- Assistant Sports Information Director, Marist College.

Kyle Raskin (LT 29)- Director of Finance, Kannapolis Intimidators (Single A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox)

Kevin Zapata (LT 18)- Box Office Manager, Madison Square Garden Company

Jeffrey Paneda (LT 22)- Owner, Pace Yourself Timing and Race Management

Meghan McMurtry (LT 18)- Guest Services Manager, Los Angeles Chargers

Patrick Barkley (LT 27)- Partner Activation Manager, Los Angeles Lakers

Emma Heeger (LT 30)- Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator, Tiger Woods Foundation

Kyle Milligan (LT 31)- Assistant Coach Men's Basketball, Chaminade University

Cheyanne Warren-Diaz (LT 31)- Community Relations Assistant, Los Angeles Chargers

LBSU Sport Management Featured Video :

See what our Alumni say about our affordable Graduate Program in Sport Management!


Congratulations Toby Rochau


Toby Rochau, LT 21, graduated with a Master in Sports Management from Long Beach State University in February 2013. During his time in the Sports Management program, he interned for Chivas USA, Golden Goal LLC, and Special Olympics Southern California. Toby is currently the Senior Manager, FC Dallas Youth Sales & Services; he has sold over 14,000 group tickets since 2014. Most recently, he successfully renewed more than 90% of 700+ season tickets for the 2017 FC Dallas season.

Toby was awarded the FC Dallas President’s award for the second quarter as he leads the team in group sales, season sales, and renewals. Our successful Senior Manager has been recognized by MLS for his outstanding sales performance and he is in the running for another recognition as he is currently TOP 6 in the MLS. Congratulations Toby for all your hard work!

"Long Beach State University and the Graduate Program in Sport Management program has helped me to develop my skills in the sport industry and has helped to prepare me for real world experiences." -Toby Rochau

LT 33 Internship Roundtable


On Thursday, August 17, the Graduate Program in Sport Management hosted the Internship Roundtable for our newest Learning Team, LT 33.  Fifteen companies joined us!

Participation in internships is a required part of the Sport Management program, giving the students work experience and networking opportunities. During the Roundtable Event, the students get the chance to meet face to face with multiple companies who are actively looking for fresh interns.  Nine of the 15 companies were represented by alumni of the Sport Management program, which reflects well on the program and show cases the talent of our alumni!  

Our special guest of the evening was Marcus Kowal, who is the founder of Liam’s Life Foundation. Marcus spoke on behalf of his son Liam, who tragically passed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Liam’s Life Foundation focuses on raising awareness on the dangers of drinking and driving, and the importance of organ donation.

He also had a strong message in support of our program and what is needed to be successful. Marcus (LT 3) is an alum and has been wonderful to the program through internships with his companies and his continued support.

We are very thankful for the partnerships that have developed over the years with the companies that attended this year’s roundtable and for providing opportunities to our ‘newbies’!

Roundtable Attendees:

Rose Bowl Stadium                                                                USA Badminton  

LBSU Marketing                                                                     Liam’s Life Foundation

LBSU Athletics                                                                        Global Sports and Entertainment Inc.

Special Olympics Southern California                                     CIF Southern Section

Cartan Tours                                                                            UCI Athletics

Long Beach Neighborhood Foundation                                   Orange County Youth Sports Foundation

Southern California Golf Association                                        Ontario Fury

Los Angeles Clippers

By: Alicia Utke

Alumni Vignette - Ashley Cabrera

Ashley Cabrera, Partnership Activation Manager at Los Angeles Galaxy.

Listen here for Ashley''s story about her introduction to the sports industry through a Community Relations Internship and her advice on the sports industry!

Check here for more vignettes!


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Program Overview:

The Graduate Program in Sport Management is an accelerated program which allows the participant to earn a Master's Degree in 18 months. It is designed to prepare individuals for careers in sport/athletic administration and management.

Individuals will be prepared to work in the sport industry in a variety of settings, including professional, fitness, college and scholastic organizations, private businesses, community services, as well as in academic institutions.


Program Highlights include:

  • Complete a Master's Degree in 18 months.
  • Foundations in the management and marketing of sport activities, personnel, facilities & programs.
  • A distinguished faculty and guest speakers comprised of a dedicated team of professionals and academic leaders.
  • Over 240 active high profile internship placements and event field work.
  • Networking and professional interactions with a diverse group with a wide range of professional sport responsibilities and interests.
  • Focus on career development and sport/athletics business skills.
  • Total cost of tuition: $18,900


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Our Sport Management Program

The Walter Pyramid on the LBSU campus designed by our program alumni!

Pyramid Floor

The Walter Pyramid is home to the Long Beach State men's and women's volleyball and basketball teams. The current floor was designed by program alumni Dedan Brozino (LT 12) and Sei Furutani (LT 14) in 2012.


We invite you to attend a free Webinar Information Session for our Graduate Program in Sport Management!

The information sessions are short presentations by program representatives. During the presentation you are invited to chat with our program representatives and ask questions.

Webinar Session Times: 4pm to 5pm, Location: Online

To RSVP for a Webinar call (800) 963-2250 or Register online here.

(Webinars are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month, but are subject to change.)

December 6 , 2017 (1st Wednesday of December)

January 10, 2018 (2nd Wednesday of January)






"Long Beach State University's Sport Management Program has not only given me the tools to be successful in the sport world, but it has also given me real life applications to be successful with anything that I do. I have had so much support throughout the whole program; I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone considering."

                                               - Kelsey Hull LT 30

                                                 Assistant Athletic Director

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