School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Sport Management

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Sport Management focuses on the preparation of professionals qualified to operate sport organizations, private enterprises, government or public employment settings, non-profit or voluntary agencies, and commercial ventures.

Professional preparation develops capable sport management specialists able to apply creative communication, leadership, and managerial skills in an array of positions in the sport industry, including sales, marketing, public relations, operations, facilities, and event management.

Sport Management has developed rapidly as a field of study, and with it, the number of professional preparation programs has grown. However, competition for available positions in the sport industry has undergone comparable growth. Therefore, quality professional preparation in sport management is essential as a competitive advantage in the employment marketplace.

Why George Mason University?

George Mason University, recognized internationally for its innovation, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit, is a state supported, distributed university with campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties in Virginia. A member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, the university currently enrolls approximately 34,000 students.

The university has emerged in the last decade as one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the state and the nation. The Sport Management program at George Mason University reflects this ongoing commitment to excellence.

Our Mission

The Sport Management program at George Mason University seeks to prepare reflective, principled, knowledgeable graduates with professional skill sets that enhance their success in the $470+ billion sport sector.

Expanded Mission

The Sport Management degree program serves the Northern Virginia community, the Commonwealth, the Mid-Atlantic region, the nation, and the world through advancing the sport management knowledge base by conducting both theoretical and practical research that is relevant to diverse stakeholders. Additionally, interdisciplinary study and teaching promotes the development of ethical leadership and provides opportunities for students’ career advancement. The utilization of innovative instruction fosters interactive learning. Extensive partnerships and collaborative projects enhance a diverse community of students, faculty and industry stakeholders in their quest to become productive change agents addressing the continual challenges facing all segments of the sport industry.

Program Description

Through the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, students pursue the Sport Management concentration in the Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources. George Mason University’s Sport Management program serves one of the nation’s most diverse student populations. Dynamic, growing, and committed to excellence, the Sport Management program seeks to develop students’ professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions through a curriculum guided by North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) content standards. An integral part of the Sport Management curriculum includes vast opportunities for multiple field experiences in sport settings in the Northern Virginia region, the greater DC metro area, and throughout the world.

A minor in Sport Management is available to students in other Mason degree programs. Check out SPMT minor requirements.