The Ph.D. program in Sport and Entertainment Management is designed to meet the demand by the industry and educational institutions for high quality academicians with a sport and entertainment management background. Students will be given the opportunity to generate industry-specific knowledge through exposure to and participation in academic research with a discipline-specific application. Subsequently, as professors, they will be equipped to disseminate such knowledge to the public and industry stakeholders.
The Program is based on a three-year period of residential study beyond completion of a Master’s degree in sport and entertainment management or a related field. It will consist of a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree in the following four areas: (1) Core Seminars, (2) Statistics/Research Core, (3) Cognate(s), and (4) Dissertation.
Students who have not had prior exposure to the sport and entertainment industry through a related undergraduate or graduate degree are required to enroll in a 15-hour Prerequisite Core. Courses in this core are:
These courses may be waived for those with prior academic exposure or significant industry experiences.
Program of Study
The Program will expose students to advanced and current research being conducted in the sport and entertainment industry. A substantial portion of the coursework will consist of courses that focus on research methodology and statistical analysis techniques. These courses are designed to develop students’ critical analysis skills while serving as the basis for developing a sustainable research agenda.
Because the department’s unique focus on both sport and entertainment management (as opposed to only sport management), students will develop a distinct and more holistic understanding of both sport management and entertainment management and be better positioned in the academic job market in that the breadth of their training should make them qualified for either sport-specific or entertainment-specific positions within those programs.
Core Seminars (15 Hours)
Statistics/Research Core (15 Hours)
Dissertation (18 Hours)
A minimum of 18 credit hours will constitute the dissertation, which provides students with the opportunity to identify and rigorously analyze a relevant issue within their specialized field, with an aim toward generation of original knowledge.
SPTE 899 - Dissertation Preparation
Dissertation (12 Hours)
A minimum of 12 credit hours will constitute the dissertation, which provides students with the opportunity to identify and rigorously analyze a relevant issue within their specialized field, with an aim toward generation of original knowledge.
Cognate(s) (12 Hours)
The students should specialize in their chosen area of research interest. At least 6 hours of course work must be taken outside the SPTE Department.
Cognate(s) (18 Hours)
Based on changes in the industry and following best practices of peer and peer aspirant PhD programs, the department is proposing the following tweaks to our doctoral program. First, the structure of the core seminars is changing. Currently we prescribe five specific courses for all of our students. The change we are making here is to prescribe only one course (SPTE 810) while still requiring an additional 12 credits of SPTE seminar classes at the 800 level. This change allows us to use a rotation of seminar classes to meet the current research interests of our students thereby providing flexibility in seminar choice to better fit the research program of the student. Next, we are adjusting the statistics/research core to again provide flexibility in choice. In our field, the use of qualitative research methods has grown tremendously. At the same time, so has data analytics. This modifications allows a qualitative researcher and a big data/quantitative researcher to select statistical methods and research methods courses to better meet the research program of the student. Finally, we moved 6 credits from the dissertation section to the cognate section. We have found that students often desire to take additional coursework in their cognate area. This change allows them to take two additional courses without having to take classes beyond the program’s required 60 credits.
Core Seminar flexibiltiy and increase Cognate hours. No BOT, CHE, or SACS notification required.
Update will appear in the 1920 Graduate Bulletin to be published 2.15.19.