Master of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management

FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Visit the Admissions page for general FAQs related to the application process, tuition, financial aid and more.

You can view and download the Master of Professional Studies Handbook here.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

How is this program different from other sports management/business degree programs?
Can I take a full course load if I have am currently holding a full-time job?
How do the specialization tracks in the curriculum work?
Do you offer any online classes?
If I am interested in a class in the other track, can I take it?
Could you tell me about the faculty?
Could you tell me about the internship program?

ONLINE FORMAT-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Is there a difference between the online and on-campus format?
What does an online course format look like?
Will all on-campus courses be available in the online format?
When will these courses be available in the online format?
Can I take both on-campus and online format during my time in the program?
Will the faculty be the same for both the on-campus and online courses?
Will the admissions process be the same for both the on-campus and online format?
How can I determine if my state or country of residence is eligible for the online format?
Can I transfer from being an on-campus student to an online student?


PROGRAM-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

How is this program different from other sports management/business degree programs?

The Sports Industry Management (SIM) program at the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies has a stronger focus on applied management, providing students with hands-on learning and opportunities that will prepare them to work in the front office of a sports organization. The information and skills taught in the classroom can be applied immediately in their internships and full-time positions. Organizational partners and industry advisors are here to support you with your career objectives. 

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Could I take a full course load if I am currently holding a full-time job?

While we encourage students with full-time jobs or internships to limit their credit hours in order to maximize both classroom effort and job performance, all students are allowed to register for up to 12 credit hours per semester.

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How do the specialization tracks in the curriculum work?

Our two specialized tracks are Strategic Marketing, Communications and New Media; and Business, Management and Operations. Each track requires students to take four classes with a specific content focus. For the curriculum breakdown, visit the Explore the Degree page.

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Do you offer any online classes?

Sports Industry Management is offered in two different formats: on campus and online. Classes for the on-campus program take place at 640 Massachusetts Avenue, with occasional lectures and assignments offered in a virtual setting. The SIM online program, set to launch in Fall 2015, is completely virtual, and students participate in all lectures and assignments directly from their computers. For additional questions about the online program, please contact Admissions directly at mpssportsmgmt@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-7064.

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If I am interested in a class in the other track, can I take it? 

Yes. The program is designed so that you can take two elective courses in addition to your core and track courses. While we will be offering special topic elective courses, you may also take both courses in the opposite track as your electives.

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Could you tell me about the faculty?

In this program, the faculty features expert practitioners and executives currently working in the sports industry. This professional knowledge makes the classroom a real-time laboratory dedicated to exploring the latest experiences in the industry from a local, national and international prospective. You benefit from outstanding career-oriented curricula and practical theory experiences. For more information, visit the Faculty section of the SIM website.

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Could you tell me about the internship program?

The internship component is a critical external field experience providing valuable understanding of the core competencies required to be successful in the sports industry. While students will have access to a database of internship offerings, it is important for students to apply, interview, and secure their own internships. Because the SIM program values real-world experience, students will not be placed in internships by the SIM program. You can receive credit for up to two internships while enrolled in the program.

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ONLINE FORMAT-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Is there a difference between the online and on-campus format?

The learning outcomes are the same for both online and on-campus. The format for how the course is delivered is the main difference between the two. The online format is the same as on-campus, only designed for students who prefer learning in a flexible online community and/or are not located in the D.C. metro area. Both programs are aligned with Georgetown’s Jesuit values and mission. The second difference with the online format is that in order to offer a direct route to degree completion, the curriculum blends the two concentrations together into 10 courses.

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What does an online course format look like?

In most cases, courses in the online format will run the full semester: 15 weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters and 13 weeks in the Summer semester. The online format is structured into 7.5-week modules. Students will take two modular courses a semester, and complete the degree in five semesters.

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Will all on-campus courses be available in the online format?

To date, we will offer the following 10 courses in the online format:

  • MPSM 500: Applied Ethics in Sports
  • MPSM 510: Sports Leadership and Management
  • MPSM 700: Sports Business and Finance
  • MPSM 600: Strategic Sports Marketing
  • MPSM 820: Internship OL
  • MPSM 710: Sports Law, Contracts, and Negotiations
  • MPSM 720: Sports Event Planning and Facility Management
  • MPSM 620: Sports Sales, Sponsorship, and Revenue Development
  • MPSM 520: Social Responsibility and Globalization in Sports
  • MPSM 845: The Business of Global Sporting Events
  • MPSM 900: Capstone 

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When will these courses be available in the online format?

All of the aforementioned online courses will be available as of Spring 2017. 

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Can I take both on-campus and online format during my time in the program?

Yes, with approval from the Program Director, pending space availability. Please note that online-only students are given priority for online course registration. To start this process, please contact Andrew Hirsch at ahh36@georgetown.edu.

However, for your planning purposes, please note that the full suite of online courses will not be available until Fall 2017.

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Will the faculty be the same for both the on-campus and online courses?

SIM selects experts in their particular field to teach all our courses, whether on-campus or online.

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Will the admissions process be the same for both the on-campus and online format?

Yes, the admissions process and criteria are the same for students, regardless of the online or on-campus formats.

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How can I determine if my state or country of residence is eligible for the online format?

Georgetown University is not yet able to offer the online format in every state. Please check your state or country’s eligibility on the Important Policies for Online Students page.

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Can I transfer from being an on-campus student to an online student?

Students have the ability to transfer primary modalities from being an “online-only” student to an “on-campus only” student, and vice versa. Please visit the Student Forms section of the Academic Affairs website.

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