Master of Science in Kinesiology, Option in Sport and Athlete Management in Downtown LA*

Sports management

Program Description:

If you’re interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in the field of sport – whether in the collegiate, professional or amateur arena, Cal State LA’s Master of Science in Kinesiology, Option in Sport and Athlete Management (SAM) Program will separate you from the competition.

Coming soon to Cal State LA Downtown, the SAM Program provides students with comprehensive career preparation along two sports-industry centerpieces - core analytics-based leadership, operations, and marketing competencies; and athlete management. Your studies will focus on what you’ll encounter in the real world and how you can apply what you learn in the classroom into a career you’ll love.

Classes feature cutting edge industry concepts paired with practical application through lecture, case study, site visits and guest speakers to foster the skill set required to successfully navigate the thriving sports industry and its evolving complexity.

The Sport and Athlete Management master’s degree program includes applications specific to individuals, teams, and/or events. The program threads each course with a cultural proficiency perspective that enables interface with the global sports workforce. Integrative, hands-on practicum in the Los Angeles market, the second largest sports market in the U.S., further expands your understanding and the study of sport and athlete management.

Graduates with a master's degree in sport and athlete management have a wealth of career opportunities. These include:

  • Athletic directors
  • Head coaches
  • Sport marketing manager
  • Executive directors
  • General managers
  • Sports agents
  • Sport facility services managers
  • Public relations managers

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Who Should Enroll?

This program is ideal for:

  • Individuals interested in developing an industry-ready skill that combines their passion for sports with immersion into the Los Angeles amateur and professional sports landscape
  • Individuals interested in athlete management, athletic program management, marketing-and operations. 

Tuition & Fees

Cost Per Unit $525
Total Program Cost $17,850

Financial Aid

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Graduate degree applicants must meet the University requirements for admission which include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. To be admitted into the Master of Science degree program in Kinesiology, Sport and Athlete Management Option, applicants must also meet the following:

  • Grade point average of at least 2.75 in last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted
  • Appropriate undergraduate preparation for desired specialization within the discipline of Kinesiology
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals for graduate study
  • Submission of GRE general test scores

To Apply

This program is currently under development and will be coming soon. Join our interest list to stay up-to-date on the latest program updates, the opening of application windows and more!


Please submit Official Transcripts to:

Cal State LA – MS in Sport and Athlete Management
5151 State University Drive, Golden Eagle Room 215
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8619

*Program subject to University and Chancellor’s Office approval.