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Sport Management Master's Degree Admissions Requirements

To apply to the online master's in sport management* program at the University of Kansas, please review the admissions requirements and application materials below:

  • A completed online application
  • Official transcript(s) of your completed bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Students with a GPA below 3.0 should contact an Admissions Advisor at 855-639-7799 for more information
  • Resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Application fee of $65 ($85 for international students)
  • For international applicants: IELTS or TOEFL scores to prove your English proficiency

For a detailed explanation of each application item, review the tabs below.

*This program is a Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in health, sport management, and exercise science with an emphasis in sport management.

University Transcripts

Submitting Your Transcripts

For your application to the online master’s in sport management program, you will need to submit an official transcript from every college or university you have attended, even if a degree was not ultimately earned.

Transcripts are only considered to be official if they arrive in a sealed envelope from the college or university, so you should request the university to send your transcript to the University of Kansas directly.

Any submitted transcript that has been issued directly to the student will only be accepted if the envelope is unopened—once the envelope seal has been broken by someone other than a KU employee, the transcript becomes unofficial. Although unofficial transcripts may be submitted for initial review in the admissions process, your admission will be considered provisional until the official transcript is obtained and verified.

Your official transcript should be sent to:

The University of Kansas
Office of Graduate Admissions
313 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

If you any questions at all regarding your official or unofficial transcripts, please reach out to an Admissions Advisor at 855-639-7799.

Letters of Recommendation

About the Letters of Recommendation

From the recommenders you select to the skills they can vouch for, your letters of recommendation represent a vital part of your application and can help you create the strongest possible application for the Admissions Committee.

When it comes time to selecting the two references you want to write your letters, strive to provide one letter from a current or former supervisor, as they can speak to your business acumen combined with your personal traits and characteristics that will help make you successful.

If you can’t think of a supervisor to use as a reference, don’t worry—academic references also make strong letters of recommendation as well. Letters of recommendation from family, friends or other non-professional or non-academic references will not be accepted.

Because the application is online, your letters of recommendation are collected and stored via the online application system. Your references will receive an emailed link with instructions to complete and submit their recommendation and survey, so they don’t have to worry about postage and you don’t have to worry about anything getting lost in the mail.

If you any questions at all regarding your letters of recommendation, simply contact an Admissions Advisor at 855-639-7799.

Personal Statement

About the Personal Statement

The purpose of your personal statement is simple—show the Online Admissions Team that you have clearly thought about how this degree will fit into your future career plans, helping you to reach your goals in the long run.

Remember, it’s a personal statement. Focus on your life experiences and your enthusiasm for sports and the industry. This is what you love—make sure your writing shows that. Convey your reasons for picking this program over the others and why you think studying sport management at KU will make the difference for you and your career.

Above all else, avoid resorting to filler. The length of your personal statement is not the point.

Confused on where to begin? Reach out to an Admissions Advisor at 855-639-7799 with any questions on your personal statement.

*This program is a Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in health, sport management, and exercise science with an emphasis in sport management.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

August 6
Fall 2021 Term

Next Start

August 23
Fall 2021 Term


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