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California State University, Long Beach



Fall Application Deadline: June 1, 2019


- 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


- 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 in a wide range of professional sport responsibilities
  • Focus on career development and sport/athletics business skills
  • Total cost of tuition: $18,900


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Congratulations Bill Shumard


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

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.


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 to provide more insight into the Sport Management Graduate Program.


To access the information webinar presentation, you can click the link here.








"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

                                      Head Volleyball Coach at Ponderosa HS

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