Master of Science in Sports Management

Application Deadlines

  • Fall applications due May 30 for international students and July 30 for domestic, Canadian, and online international students.
  • Spring applications due Nov. 30 for domestic, Canadian, and online international students. 

MSSM Admission Requirements and Instructions

  1. Completed MSU Graduate School Application. Applications must be submitted online. The Graduate School at Minot State University does not accept paper applications. To access the online application, please visit The exception to this is applications for re-admission (available on the Graduate School website).
  2. Requirements and Instructions. Detailed admission requirements and instructions can be found at
  3. Required Test Scores. International students must give evidence of proficiency in English. Such students should arrange to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A passing score on the TOEFL is 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) and 79 on the Internet-based test (IBT). A passing score on the IELTS examination is 6.0 overall band score.
  4. Applicants are required to submit a current resume or curriculum vita.
  5. Applicants are also required to submit a concise (500 words) Statement of Purpose describing their primary interest in the MSSM program, experiences related to the area of study, and objectives in pursuing the MSSM degree at MSU. In particular, the essay should be as specific as possible in describing the student’s interests, and relevant educational, research, commercial, government, or teaching experiences. If applying for more than one program, submit a separate Statement of Purpose for each program.
  6. International Applicants ONLY: Submit a declaration of finances. See Graduate School Admissions information (above) for more details.
BADM 525Strategic Marketing3
BADM 535Management Principles and Practices3
BADM 537Human Resource Management3
BADM 550Applied Statistics for Managers3
or BADM 551 Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Making
BIT 510Leadership Communication3
FIN 550Sports Finance and Budgeting3
KIN 510Sports Leadership and Administration3
KIN 540Foundations of Sports and Exercise Psychology3
KIN 555Sports Law3
KIN 560Sports Media and Event Planning3
KIN 595Capstone Experience,Research Methods and Analyses in Sports3
Total Hours33


Program Directors

Dr. Terry Ferebee Eckmann
Co-Director Master of Science in Sports Management; Professor

Dr. Cyriac Pattathil Joy
Co-Director Master of Science in Sports Management; Assistant Professor


Dr. Andy Bertsch

Dr. Linda Cresap

Assistant Professor

Dr. Yung-Ju 'Ruth' Chen

Dr. Megan Fixen

Dr. Kelsey Higginson

Mr. Jerry Stai


Dr. Audra Myerchin

Mr. Steven Swenson