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Kinesiology and Sport Studies Doctoral Program – Sport Management Specialization

Kinesiology and Sport Studies Doctoral Program – Sport Management Specialization

The Sport Management specialization within the Kinesiology and Sport Studies Doctoral Program in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies anticipates up to three funded positions for doctoral students beginning fall 2017. The selected applicants will hold Graduate Teaching Assistantships in the department and teach in the department’s undergraduate curriculum. The assistantship includes a tuition waiver and stipend.

The program is seeking students with interests in adaptive recreation, college athletics, environmental sustainability in sport, or legal aspects of sport.

The Sport Management specialization within the doctoral program prepares graduates for positions as faculty members in higher education. Recent graduates hold faculty positions at Miami University, James Madison University, University of Arkansas, and Texas Tech University.

The coursework for the program is developed between the student and the faculty advisor to meet the educational goals of the student. Students have the flexibility to develop a program that allows them to focus on the area in which they have an interest. Doctoral students will receive training in research design and methodology and are expected to conduct research outside the requirements of the classroom.

The program consists of 15 hours within the concentration, 18 hours of research courses, 9 hours within the specialization and a minimum of 6 hours in an outside or cognate area. There are opportunities as well to earn a second master’s degree while completing the program. The program usually takes three years (two years of course work and one year for the dissertation) to complete. Students undergo an annual review process each year to ensure progress toward the degree and research expectations are being met.

Admission to the program is based on the sponsor system in that a faculty member approved to direct dissertations must agree to be your advisor and mentor prior to admission.

Contact Dr. Rob Hardin at or 865-974-1281 with questions or inquiries. Application information and general university information can be found at