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Master of Science in Business

Sports Management

The Sports Management track in Carthage’s growing Master of Science in Business program teaches students effective management strategies through the lens of sports.

Carthage welcomed John F. McDonough, president and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Craig Leipo...Unlike sports management programs at other institutions, Carthage’s program was developed with insights from experts in the field. Input from more than 20 senior executives in professional basketball, hockey, baseball, and esports shaped the curriculum, ensuring that graduates’ skills will align with hiring preferences.

Courses in the Sports Management track are tailored to the unique world of sports, while the program’s core courses give students a firm grasp of core business principles like emotional intelligence and cross-functional team management. 

Get outstanding classroom interaction with industry leaders, including:

  • Craig Leipold, Owner of the Minnesota Wild
  • John McDonough, Former president of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs
  • Peter Feigin, President of the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum
  • Caron Butler, Former NBA star and current assistant coach of the Miami Heat
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Six-time Olympic medalist
  • Daniel Diaz, Director of World Cup, Olympic and Cross-Platform Partnerships at NBCUniversal Media
  • Jason Langewell, Executive vice president at Intersport (Rocket Mortgage Classic)
  • Mark Pacchini, Board of Directors of the Minnesota Wild; Former President of Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising
  • Joe Sweeney, New York Times Best-Selling Author of “Networking Is A Contact Sport”
  • Steve Rucks, Senior director of accounting and finance at the United Center
  • Derek Sharrer, Executive vice president and general manager of the St. Paul Saints; four-time American Association Executive of the Year

Craig Leipold“We pulled together the best courses for skills needed in the sports industry.”

Craig Leipold, Owner and Governor of the Minnesota Wild

Career Preparation

Sports Management prepares graduates to:

  • Use effective management strategies.
  • Develop skills that top industry leaders suggest to align with hiring preferences. 
  • Grasp core business principles like emotional intelligence and cross-functional team management.

Earn your master’s degree in 10 months

Carthage’s Sports Management track is delivered cohort-style, and allows students to earn their master’s degree in just 10 months:

  • August-December: 6 foundational courses
  • August-May: 8 intensive weekend courses
  • January: Experiential Learning
  • February-April: 5 Sports Management courses
  • May: Capstone Project

Weekday classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays both in-person and virtually to offer flexibility around work and family life. 

Over these 10 months, students participate in eight intensive weekend courses. These weekend courses will feature visiting scholars and guest lecturers including Carthage faculty and other prominent local, regional, national, and international experts.

How to Apply

Before candidates may be considered for admission, they must submit:

  • An application, personal statement, and application fee
  • Official transcripts of all college work
  • An up-to-date resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE or GMAT test scores (recommended, but not required)
  • Interview with the Program Director

Contact Us

To learn more about sports management, including financial aid options available to you, contact:

Gregory BarronProf. Greg Barron
Program Director 




John Frese Admissions RepJohn Frese
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid