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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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The Graduate Program in Sport Management

Fall Application Deadline Date: June 1, 2018


Stephen E. Buchan - Associate Program Director / Adjunct Professor/ Manager of Business Affairs & Marketing

Steve BuchanSteve Buchan received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Secondary Teaching Credential from LBSU in 1974, he began his teaching career, teaching Special Education in the Los Angeles Unified School District, later returning to LBSU in 1980 to serve as the Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach. Four years later he joined the ARCO Products Company and spent 15 years in the world of petroleum products and convenience stores, culminating in leading the Marketing Department for the nationally recognized ampm Convenience Store Franchise, setting new standards for the industry.

He earned his MBA in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Steve also led the Marketing and Sport Partnership efforts for Carl Karcher Enterprises as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product development for the Carl’s Jr. restaurant franchise. He later joined LA Fitness, a national fitness club chain, as the Vice President of Marketing. Most recently, he directed the retail operations for The Pepsi Bottling Group's Inland Empire Market Unit, receiving the ‘Presidents Circle of Excellence Award’ and ‘Chairman’s Award’ for outstanding contributions to the business.

After twenty-three years, he comes full circle returning to Long Beach State University, as our Manager of Business Affairs and Marketing.


Diane Higgs - Manager of Student Affairs

Diane HiggsDiane Higgs graduated from the Long Beach State Graduate Program in Sport Management in 2003. She received her M.Ed. from the University of Arkansas in 1976. Diane has nearly 40 years of experience in management and leadership positions. She was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in various managerial positions with FedEx. Diane is the program's Manager of Student Affairs and Internship Coordinator.  Her responsibilities include applications, admissions and the day to day management of the program.