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Sport Studies Department

Master of International Sport Management

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Follow Your Passion With Guilford's Master of International Sport Management

Focused on providing instruction and development in the practical skills needed to succeed in the sport industry, Guilford’s Master of International Sport Management (MISM) differentiates itself from other programs by adding international-focused elements to its curriculum.

“The sport industry is global and its career opportunities are vast, both in this country and abroad,” says Professor Michael White. “Our goal with this program is to open doors both domestically and internationally for our students to launch fulfilling careers that make a difference in the world.” 

Classes are offered on a virtual platform that combines asynchronous coursework with once-a-week live classes that students can choose to attend either in-person or online. Plus, GRE scores are not needed to apply.

Graduates from the 12-month MISM gain practical experiences to improve career opportunities, both domestically and internationally, as well as the academic skills they need to continue into a potential doctoral program. The program provides both industry-wide leadership best practices, as well as an examination of the international reach of the sport industry, to create student experiences that apply creative solutions to problems in the field.

In collaboration with the Guilford College Office of Global and Off-Campus Initiatives, a primary difference for the MISM is an international focus that culminates in a study-abroad experience. This course/trip will be held in conjunction with a parallel undergraduate course/trip, which will act as a networking opportunity for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

MISM students will also be required to complete an immersive capstone experience with a sport-management organization.


Distinctive Features

  • Innovative learning design supports degree completion in one year.
  • Curriculum includes an applied capstone project and an international study-abroad component.

Learning Outcomes

  • Assess and properly allocate internal and external resources.
  • Formulate goals, build consensus, and effectively develop strategic plans.
  • Leverage such external communication tools as public relations, marketing, branding, sales, and new/traditional media to generate revenue and build strong brand equity.
  • Utilize a broad perspective and understanding of the international sport landscape to capitalize on collaborative professional opportunities.
  • Understand various leadership principles and theories to better assess organizations, hire productive staff, provide direction, and add value for employers.

Program Costs

Tuition is only $19,200 for the 32-credit, 12-month program. If accepted, a $250 deposit, which will be applied to your first tuition bill, is required to hold your spot. A recommended study-abroad experience may add $3,000 to $5,000 to your costs, depending on chosen locale. For more information, visit the Graduate School Financial Aid webpage.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Master of International Sport Management, students must complete 32 credit hours.

College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Master of International Sport Management and the Sport Studies Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog.