Program streches to new heights
The sports management program, like all major programs in the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation department in the School of Education, is experiencing tremendous growth, and the reason, according to its graduates, is its success.
"The Sport Management program at Baylor University was a huge stepping stone into my personal business endeavors," said Glen Oskins (MSEd '06), who now works as the Client Services Coordinator for the National Football League's Houston Texans. "I have always wanted to be involved in sports from a business perspective, and the Sport Management curriculum prepared me for what the real world has to offer."
Another recent graduate, Cody Hall (MSEd '07), agrees. "Less than one week after graduating from the program I was hired," he said. "The sport management program at Baylor is the sole reason for landing my dream job in athletic administration."
A master's program within the HHPR department in the School of Education, sports management takes from 18 months to two years to complete. In addition to taking courses in research and statistics, students take courses in ethics, management, marketing, legal issues, public relations, issues and trends, facility and event management, sport sociology and sport psychology. A student's program culminates with either an internship or a thesis; most students choose an internship. Current internship assignments include BaylorUniversity and the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
It was the legal and personnel core that sparked an interest in Derek Long (MSEd '04), who is now in his third year of law school at Southern Methodist University. "The legal issues class in the sports management program helped me make the decision to go to law school," Long said. "My interest was peaked when I engaged in class discussions regarding Title IX, tort liability, and sports contracts. When applying to law school, many schools were impressed with the sports management degree, its requirements, and the unique subject matter."
Baylor's sports management program is one of only 29 programs in the nation (three in Texas) approved by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Established in the 1980s, the program is designed to provide professionals for a variety of sport settings - college and university, high school, professional and recreation - and positions - facility and event manager, general manager, supervisor, sales, marketing, community relations, and personnel.
Graduates of the program work in a variety of employment settings such as Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and NFL teams. Many graduates work in college settings including the NCAA and the Sugar Bowl. But for some graduates, their career path leads back to an academic setting.
Dr. Kimberly Sutton Miloch (MSEd '97) is now an assistant professor of kinesiology at IndianaUniversity.
"The sport management program at Baylor has prepared me for the challenges I face as a faculty member in sport management," she said. "It provided me with the necessary foundation to conduct high-quality research and to perform well in the classroom. My professors in Baylor's program have continued to mentor me, and this has proved invaluable as I advance my career. It is a top notch program, and is highly regarded among faculty and students throughout the nation."
For more information about the Sports Management Program, contact Dr. Andy Pittman at Andy_Pittman@baylor.edu or visit the website www.baylor.edu/soe/graduate/Sport_Management