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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!

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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Congratulations LT 31!


A huge congratulations to Bill Shumard, President and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California and Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Sport Management Program, for being the first recipient of the Tommy Hawkins Game-Changer Award.

The John R. Wooden Award committee adopted this award following the passing of Tommy Hawkins, Wooden Award Board Member and Co-National Chair. The Tommy Hawkins Game-Changer Award recognizes a sports industry leader that uses their platform to create a positive experience in sports and community engagement.

Bill Shumard’s commitment to young people in southern California who are active in Special Olympics is exemplary. He has been serving with the Special Olympics Southern California for nearly 20 years and has been the chief executive for 14 years. The passion he has for the people and families of Special Olympics has positively influenced thousands of lives in the community.

We are tremendously proud of Bill Shumard for everything he has done, not only for the Sport Management Program, but also for the Special Olympics community. His passion and dedication to people has made a significant impact in the world of sports and community!

Welcome Learning Team 34!



On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, we welcomed Learning Team 34 into the Sport Management Program! One week later, we held our Internship Roundtable, which featured 11 companies from the Southern California area who are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working students to intern for them and gain new experience in the business of sport. It is an incredible opportunity to network with industry professionals and alumni of the program who have gained meaningful careers through their experiences in internships and have come back to share and provide opportunities to current students.

Companies that joined our Internship Roundtable included:

Los Angeles Chargers

Rose Bowl

Long Beach State Athletics

Global Sports & Entertainment

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Golden State Athletic Conference

Amateur Athletic Union

Lake Elsinore Storm

Caren Ware Events

USA Badminton

Orange County Youth Sports Foundation



We are very grateful to our guests and alumni for taking the time to join us and open up opportunities for our students! 

By: Alicia Utke

Alumni Testimonial - Carlos Campos


Carlos Campos

Current: Ballpark Operations Coordinator, Angels Baseball

Outstanding Student Award 2018 – LT 31

Previous: 10 Years total in Military, 5 Years as Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

“The GPSM provides professionals with an excellent foundation for someone looking to start a career in the sport industry.  The program has a vast network in the industry, who are always willing to give advice to students of the program.  I met alumni of the program inside and outside of the classroom and was able to expand my own network.  Coming from a military career, my biggest concern was that I would be overlooked for opportunities because of my lack of experience in business.  The program helped me find opportunities which opened many doors for me, eventually leading me to start my career in sports.  I gained practical experience working with high school level to professional sport organizations.  Every course of the program provided me with knowledge and tools that I utilize constantly in my career.  I highly recommend the GPSM to anyone looking to start or advance their career in sports.  I hope to be able to provide advice and guidance to students of the program, just as other alumni did for me.”

                                                                                                       - Carlos Campos

Congratulations LT 31!


Early morning on Saturday, January 27, Learning Team 31 completed their 18-month journey in the Sport Management Program by presenting their final Capstones projects, in an attempt to impress and sell their product to an esteemed panel of sport business executives. This year’s panelists included Joann Klonowski (Quint Events), Roy Englebrecht (SOCA Fights), Cory Shakarian (Live Nations), Jennifer Seislove (SCGA), and many more. All of the students successfully conveyed innovative ideas. 

We are proud to now welcome Learning Team 31 into our alumni network, and we wish them nothing but the best in their future careers!

By: Alicia Utke

All LT Event - Novermber 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 a few of the positions our alumni and current students are obtaining:

Bosko Dimic (LT 30)- Inside Sales Executive, Agua Caliente Clippers (NBA G League affiliate of the Los Angeles Clippers)

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

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 (Hawaii)

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

Caleb Kephart (LT 31)- Inside Sales Representative, Fresno Grizzlies (Triple A affiliate of the Houston Astros)

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LBSU Sport Management Featured Video :

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


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!

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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.

Our Sport Management Program

The Walter Pyramid Floor 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.)

March 7th , 2018 (1st Wednesday of March)

April 4th, 2018 (1st Wednesday of April)

May 2nd, 2018 (1st Wednesday of May)






"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 to the Athletic Director at Troy HS

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