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California State University, Long Beach
Graduate Program in Sports Management



- 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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The Graduate Program in Sport Management is accepting application materials for Fall 2015!

Spring Application Deadline Date: June 1st, 2015



Sharon Guthrie, Ph.D.

Image : Dr. Sharon GuthrieDr. Sharon Guthrie received her Ph.D. in Sport Studies at The Ohio State University in 1985. She has baccalaureate degrees in psychology and physical education from UCLA and CSU, Northridge and master's degrees in educational psychology and physical education from CSU, Northridge and CSU, Long Beach. Dr. Guthrie has been teaching at CSULB since 1990 in the areas of sport sociology and sport psychology. Her research deals primarily with the contribution of sport and exercise to self-perception (e.g., body image, self-esteem). She is now serving as Department of Kinesiology Chair.

Stephen E. Buchan, MBA

Image : Dr. Sharon GuthrieSteve is the Associate Director of the program. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Secondary Teaching Credential from CSULB in 1974. He began his teaching career in Special Education in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was a member and captain of the Long Beach State Crew team, receiving the '49er of the Year' and 'William Lockyer Awards' for outstanding contributions. He later returned to CSULB in 1980 to serve as the Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach. He teaches the Foundations in Sport Management course.

Tiffanye Vargas, Ph.D.

sadf Tiffanye M. Vargas is an Assistant Professor of sport psychology.  A native Texan, she received her B.A. in Plan II and Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin before earning her M.A. in Counseling and Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from Michigan State University.  She is an AASP Certified Consultant and is listed on the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry.  At CSULB, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in sport and coaching psychology and consults with both university and community competitive athletes.  Her research interests focus on improving coaches’ and athletes’ confidence through improved coaching education.  Tiffanye’s firm belief in the need to bridge research and practice guides her community service as she uses her research findings to develop coaching curriculum and seminars.  She also serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, on NASPE’s Professional Preparation and Research Steering Committee, and is completing her Presidential term for the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education. 

Rich Foster, J.D., M.P.A.

Image : Dr. Sharon GuthrieRich Foster is the owner of the Law Office of Richard J. Foster, where he specialized in representing Olympic Athletes and other sports figures and celebrities. Rich was the President of United States Water Polo for twelve years and President of the United States Aquatic Sports from 2006 through 2010. He also seved a four year term on the United States Olympic Committee. Rich received his bachelor's degree from Long Beach State, his M.P.A. from USC and his law degree from Loyola Law School. Rich will be teaching the Sports Law and Ethics course for the Graduate Program in Sport Management at Long Beach State.

Dedan Brozino, M.A.

Image : Dr. Sharon GuthrieDedan Brozino is currently the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations and Communications at Long Beach State Athletics, bringing almost a decade of collegiate athletics experience and a background in resource acquisition, fundraising, sales/marketing, corporate sponsorships and media relations to the position during his time with the 49ers. Since joining LBSU in 2007 at the intern level, he has been promoted five different times within the organization and has managed record volumes of revenue production in each year....

Roger Harvey, M.A.

Image : Dr. Sharon GuthrieRoger Harvey is the President of Event Alignment Marketing. He was formerly the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Big League Dreams Sports, LLC. He was responsible for sponsorships and advertising sales at ten BLD sports parks in CA, AZ, NV and TX including beverage pouring rights and host hotel affiliations.

Harvey earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Arts degree from Brigham Young University.

Diane Higgs, M.A.

Image : Dr. Sharon Guthrie Diane Higgs graduated from the Graduate Program in Sport Management in 2003.  She is one of  the three internship coordinators for the program. She received her MEd from the University of Arkansas in 1976. Diane has nearly 30 years of experience in management and leadership positions. Those years have primarily been with the U.S. Marine Corps and FedEx. She has also served as the '09 Conference Manager for the Western Society of Physical Education for College Women. Diane is the program's Manager of Student Affairs, dealing with current and prospective students in a variety of ways.

Andy Roundtree, B.A.

Image : Dr. Sharon Guthrie Andy has a B.A. from Claremont Men's College where he majored in Economics with an Accounting emphasis. He was the CFO of the NHL Anaheim Mighty Ducks for 10 years and the CFO of the Anaheim Angels for 7 years. Currently, Andy is the Vice-President, Corporate Controller for Shea Homes, one of the largest privately owned homebuilders in the nation. Andy has taught the Sport Finance course in the Sports Management Program since its inception in 2002.

Charles Harris, B.A.

Image : Dr. Sharon Guthrie Charles Harris, a 25 year veteran of the sports management business, joined the program when he was the Director of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Charles received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from UC Irvine. He currently serves as the Internship Coordinator for all three learning teams and teaches one class each semester. He has also taught the Sport Marketing course in the past and has offered a mini Communications/Media Relations segment workshop as part of the class. In addition to his senior leadership experience with the Ducks, Charles has also provided strategic and proactive public relations and marketing services for a number of sports related businesses including the Los Angeles Dodgers, UC Irvine Athletics and Major League baseball. He began his career in the 1980’s with the Los Angeles Angels. Charles also writes a blog on the sports business:

Peter Perkowski, J.D., M.A

Perkowski Peter Perkowski is a partner in the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property, sports, and entertainment litigation.

For over fifteen years, Peter has represented companies and individuals in a wide range of patent, trademark, publicity rights, false advertising, and unfair competition matters. His significant cases include copyright disputes related to the James Bond and Spider-Man movie franchises...

Angela LaChica, M.A.

asdgf Angela LaChica is the Vice President of the San Diego Hall of Champions and San Diego Sports Commission. LaChica has been with the SDHOC/SDSC originally as Marketing Coordinator and later as Marketing Director. Prior to that, she graduated from San Diego State University and received her Master's Degree from Long Beach State as an alumni of the Sport Management program.

Jim Becker, Ph.D.

Jim BeckerDr. Becker is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Long Beach.  He received both his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Oregon in Human Physiology, where he focused on biomechanics and sports medicine.  His research interests are in the areas injury preventions and performance enhancement, especially as they relate to overuse running injuries.  Complementing his research focus Dr. Becker has extensive experience working with athletes at all levels from youth through Olympic caliber.  He currently serves as part of USA Track and Field’s Sport Science team where he provides biomechanical evaluations for the high jump.  Prior to Oregon, Dr. Becker received his Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, majoring in Geography with a minor in secondary education.

Wayne Stickney, M.S.


Wayne Stickney serves as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts and Resource Acquisition. He provides over twelve years of experience in college athletics, university advancement, and student leadership development. In this role, Stickney will be responsible for securing support for capital projects, endowments, planned gifts, and annual gifts for scholarship and team enhancement. Long Beach State is currently working on a number of capital projects, including major improvements to the Jack Rose Track, renovations to Blair Field, and the creation of locker room facilities for Long Beach State’s on-campus outdoor sports.

Following a long history with Long Beach State, Stickney departed to serve as the Associate Athletics Director at New Mexico State in 2010. While working with the Aggies, Stickney was instrumental in implementing a major gifts program, which resulted in the second ($1.46 million) and third ($750k) largest gifts to New Mexico State athletics in the program’s history.

While in Las Cruces, Stickney also created two VIP in-groups to help raise funds, resulting in record increases in giving to scholarship and football support. The first increased $10,000 members in the Aggie Athletic Club from zero to ten in its first year and provided the athletic director with an in-group of athletics advocates to the university and community and advisors in political relations in the city and state. The latter recruited donors to support football excellence at a $5,000 annual level and generated over $260,000 in a two year period.

His time at New Mexico State was preceded by a lengthy history at Long Beach State. A student-athlete under Andy Sythe in the Track and Field program, Stickney also served as the president of Associated Students, Inc. as a student leader, helping market and pass the Beach Pride Referendum, a student fee increase that raises over a $1 million dollars annually to support 49er athletics.

Following his graduation in 2002, Stickney took a position within the university, working for five years as the Director of Campus Scholarships and Development. He was promoted to the Coordinator of Athletic Development in 2007, where he created the Student-Athlete Phone-A-Thon. This program generated over $200,000 and 1,000 donors in its first few years.

In addition to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies at Long Beach State, Stickney completed a Master of Science degree in Counseling for Student Affairs at CSULB, and is on track to complete a doctorate in Organizational Leadership in June of this year.

Stickney is married to Kierstin Stickney, who serves as the Director of Communications for 49er Shops at Long Beach State. They have two daughters, Gianna and Alexandra.