The Online Student Experience at KU
Once you enroll in the online master’s in sport management* program at the University of Kansas, you become a valuable and appreciated member of something far greater—the Jayhawk network and community.
As a member of this well-connected and involved community of game-changers, you can focus on your academic studies and professional development knowing you have the support you need to keep your head in the game.
From our seamlessly integrated online learning management system (LMS) and the Canvas Student mobile app to our caring and committed Student Success Coordinators, we strive to streamline your academic experience as much as possible, so you can focus on what matters most—your personal and professional progress in the program.
*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.
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The Digital Classroom
The Mentorship Program
Collaborate on Assignments
The Study Away Program
Canvas Student: Our mobile app
The Canvas Student mobile app is a multi-touch online learning platform that allows you to complete your coursework, interact with faculty and fellow students, and stay connected with the KU community—all in a way that seamlessly integrates with your life and keeps you fully immersed in the online experience.
The Canvas Student mobile app also allows instructors to see the content available to students and helps them keep track of assignments and additional information relating to the class.
Within the Canvas Student mobile app, you can:
- Access the digital classroom and course content on the go
- Participate in engaging case-study-based discussions with your classmates
- Receive feedback and announcements from your instructors
- Track upcoming due dates across multiple courses, keeping your schedule organized
For a better sense of the distinct advantages Canvas Student brings to you, check out the digital classroom at KU.
The online learning environment and module system
Whether you access our online classroom on your computer or cellphone, each course’s online classroom becomes your go-to space for class participation and the day-to-day activities of your courses.
Through intuitive navigation, robust tools for collaboration and integrated multimedia course materials, the online learning environment at KU was designed specifically to keep our online students engaged in their coursework and connected to the greater KU community—all seamlessly from afar and on the go.
In the same effort to streamline your educational experience, we’ve designed our online classroom into modules. These modules thematically build upon one another, helping to split your studies into more easily digestible parts, and are built for each class.
Although each class has its own coursework, every class starts with what’s called “Module Zero” to help you plan your schedule ahead of time and maintain your work/life balance while in school.
Module Zero: Plan ahead to maintain a work/life balance
What proves particularly helpful to our online students is the foresight and planning our module system provides.
Right before your courses are scheduled to begin, Module Zero opens in the online classroom and gives you access to your upcoming class, including important due dates, vital readings and key topics that will be covered throughout the course, so you can introduce yourself to your classmates and prepare for your classes and your work schedule as much as possible before the term begins.
Not only is the online classroom convenient, it’s full of useful ways to stay on top of your studies and maximize your ability to take away key insights, connections and skills—and we haven’t even introduced you to Jayhawkville yet.
Direct experience in a virtual environment
As a defining element of experiential learning in our online master’s in sport management program, Jayhawkville represents a virtual, gamified community that brings your education to life.
Take a tour of Jayhawkville and learn how students can apply what they learn in a fun, unique, and risk-free environment.
Student Mentorship Program: Guiding KU Sport Management students to success
The online master's in sport management program* at the University of Kansas School of Education and Human Sciences (KU SOEHS) is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and guidance to students pursuing their academic and career goals.
As part of this commitment to student success, KU Sport Management offers a unique and invaluable student mentorship program that enhances the student experience and builds the valuable connections with industry experts, fostering confidence and creating opportunities.
My mentor helped me to instill more confidence in myself and really go for opportunities I wouldn’t have before.
Empowering your journey: How KU’s Sport Management mentorship program works
A professional mentorship program that stands out among other university mentorship programs, KU Sport Management works by connecting students with industry professionals who are passionate about sharing their expertise and inspiring the next generation of sport management professionals.
At the start of the KU Sport Management master's program, each student is paired with an alumni mentor who can provide valuable assistance in various areas:
- Resume Review: Your mentor will help review your resumes, ensuring your skills and experiences are highlighted effectively
- Networking Tips: Gain valuable networking tips and guidance from your mentor, who can share insights on how to navigate the industry
- Introductions to Potential Employers: Your mentor can make introductions to potential employers, opening doors to exciting career opportunities
- Support and Guidance: Throughout your time at KU, your alumni mentor will offer support and guidance, helping you navigate challenges and make informed decisions to help you reach your mentorship program goals and objectives
Being able to be completely transparent with your mentor and get honest feedback and support throughout the whole process has been the best part.
Distinguished among mentorship programs, KU’s initiative fosters a strong connection between students and experienced industry professionals, offering personalized guidance and support tailored to each student's career aspirations, interests, and industry focus. It is an invaluable resource that empowers students to thrive in their academic and professional endeavors.
How KU’s student mentorship program elevates your sport management game
KU’s online master’s in sport management program mentorship experience can further help elevate your sport career by offering:
Personalized guidance and support
To maximize mentorship program benefits, students are matched with mentors who align with their career aspirations, interests, and industry focus. Mentors provide personalized guidance and support, helping students navigate the complexities of the field and make informed career decisions.
KU Sport Management mentors bring firsthand sports industry experience to the table, providing invaluable insights and keeping students updated on industry trends. Their expertise and advice help students gain a comprehensive understanding of the field and prepare for real-world challenges.
I collaborated with my mentor on the different projects I had for the classes and she always had the lens of the real-world aspect so she challenged me to go deeper.
KU’s student mentorship program fosters connections with like-minded individuals, including fellow mentees and current students, alumni, faculty, and other industry professionals. This creates opportunities to expand professional networks, opening doors to exciting career prospects and collaborations.
The sports industry is small, so the more people you can meet, the more opportunities that will become available to you. I love being able to help others make those connections.
Personal and professional growth
The mentorship program goes beyond career development, focusing on students' overall growth. Mentors provide guidance not only in professional endeavors but also in building essential skills, fostering self-confidence, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Flexibility and convenience
Recognizing the importance of flexibility in an online program, the mentorship program offers virtual meetings, ensuring students can connect with their mentors regardless of their location. This feature allows students to benefit from the program's resources and support from anywhere.
Join the ranks of a sporting powerhouse
The University of Kansas' sport mentorship program is specifically crafted to provide you with valuable connections and a supportive network wherever you may venture.
Our esteemed alumni have secured positions within renowned organizations such as the San Francisco 49ers, Houston Astros, Nashville Predators, the University of Notre Dame, UCLA, and U.S. Soccer, among many others.
It is our primary objective at KU to ensure that you are connected with influential industry mentors and allies from the onset of your journey and throughout your academic and professional endeavors. Through this college mentorship program, you will receive the guidance and assistance necessary to thrive in a highly-competitive sports landscape.
I think the mentorship program has impacted my career by pushing me to go for opportunities I may have looked over before and to look at every single opportunity in the sport industry as a chance to learn, grow, and network.
Collaborate on Assignments
From the beginning of the master’s program, each student will be paired with an alumni mentor who will collaborate on assignments, help review resumes, provide networking tips, make introductions to potential employers, and support and guide the student throughout their time at KU.
I have helped several students with in-class projects and assignments. I have played the role of an employee while the student pitched me business ideas. Recently, I was able to help a student connect with someone at a company they had applied to. I put in a reference for this student and they were selected for an interview.
Each class will have an assignment that requires students to interact with their mentors. Some sample assignments that mentors will assist with include:
- Acting as a potential donor for a fundraising pitch
- Giving feedback on an ethical decision-making framework
- Functioning as a client for a potential sponsorship deal
Learn about the mentors who are participating in the Sport Mentorship Program.
Gain a Broader Perspective
As tournaments like the Olympics and the World Cup have shown us, sports bridge cultural gaps and bring the world closer together. And what better way to see how other countries and cultures embrace sports than to travel and see for yourself?
Our Study Away opportunity* allows students to travel, volunteer at premier tournaments, and perform roles ranging from player hospitality to sponsor area setup and more. You will help run key aspects of game day setup operations with a local professional sports team and spend time with the general manager and executive staff before the game.
In an industry like sport, it is almost crucial to be well-rounded and well-versed in all aspects of sport. Getting to travel internationally to experience international sport has greatly enhanced my knowledge base. Additionally, the process for planning and booking through KU was easy and smooth.
*Program availability and location are subject to change each year.
Our January Study Away experience in 2022 saw KU Sport student participants traveling to Hawaii!
As the centerpiece of the trip, students partnered with the PGA Tour to assist in all aspects of golf’s prestigious Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua. They were also immersed in the unique Hawaiian sporting culture and spent time on the islands of Maui and Oahu.
The course associated with the trip provided 3 credit hours and replaced HSES 897 or HSES 880. Exceptions were made to replace other courses for students who had already completed 897 and 880.
Financial aid was used to cover portions of the cost.
For more information, or to apply, please visit our global sport management page.
University of Kansas Sport Management Online Master’s Roundtable Webinar
Wednesday, November 15, 6-7pm CT