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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I find out more about the program?

Information meetings are held monthly at both program locations. Complete information about both the Northern California and Southern California Sport Management Master's Programs are provided at all information meetings. Click here to view upcoming information sessions.

2. What is the difference between Northern CA and Southern CA experiences?

An identical academic experience is offered at both locations. All of our full-time faculty members teach the same courses in both San Francisco and Southern California.

3. Who can apply?

Applicants must hold a four-year degree with any major from an accredited university-level institution. You may apply during your senior year prior to the completion of your undergraduate degree, however your degree must post prior to the beginning of the Sport Management Master’s Program. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher is required.

4. How do I apply for admission?

Please visit our How to Apply page for admission requirement details and to apply online.

5. Where should I send my application?

Application documents for both program locations must be uploaded into the Apply Yourself system.

Please DO NOT send any application documents to the Program Offices, this will only delay the completion of your application.

6. When are the application deadlines?

February 1 for summer admission (San Francisco and Southern California Program locations). 

September 1 for spring admission (San Francisco Program only) 

The Office of Graduate Programs must receive all application materials by the stated deadlines. Please DO NOT send any application items to the Sport Management Master's Program Office.

July applicants should expect to receive an admission decision by April 15th.

January applicants should expect to receive an admission decision by November 15th.

7. Does the Sport Management program require standardized tests?

No, the GRE or GMAT are optional and not required for admission. The Admissions Committee does not believe that standardized tests are the best indicator of success for graduate studies. An applicant may want to submit either their GRE or GMAT test score if they believe it might strengthen their application. 

The TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score is required for international students. 

The USF school code for the GRE and TOEFL is 4850, IELTS and PTE is 4580.

8. What if my GPA is below the 2.75 required to apply for admission?

Admission to the program is becoming more competitive with each cohort class we admit. We are willing to look at an individual's application if additional documentation is provided. Please see the items below for the additional documentation that may be included with an application.

Completed your undergraduate degree within the last 3 years: 

If you have completed your bachelor's degree less than 3 years ago, we encourage you to provide additional documentation to strengthen your application. All application items, including the items stated below must be received by the application deadline. 

  • Take two upper division 3-unit courses. Microeconomics (not Macroeconomics) and a Marketing or Management Course. You can take these courses as a visiting student at any accredited four year college or university. We would be looking for A's in the two courses. 
  • Take the GRE or GMAT. We would be looking closely at your scores including the Analytical Writing Score.

Keep in mind that if you apply, you will be competing with a competitive group of applicants. Your GPA is still going to be considered and will put you in the lower group of the applicant pool. 

Have 4 to 5 years of work experience beyond your undergraduate degree completion: 

If you have your bachelors degree and have been out of school for 4 or more years and have professional work experience, we encourage you to provide additional documentation to strengthen your application. 

  • List your detailed work experience on your resume.
  • Provide strong professional letters of recommendation.
  • Taking additional coursework (as stated above) could be beneficial to strengthen your application.

9. How do I check my application status?

Once you open your USF online application account, your online account access information is emailed to you. You will use this login to complete your application, as well as to check the status of documents received post-submission.

10. How do I know if I have been admitted?

Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an admission letter from the Sport Management Master's Program by mail. You will also be notified via your Apply Yourself account. It's imperative that you continue to keep the Sport Management Master's Program updated with your current contact information during the admission cycle as you do not want to miss important admission decisions.  

  • July applicants should expect to receive an admission decision by April 15th. 
  • January applicants should expect to receive an admission decision by November 15th.  

Note that applications are not reviewed until after the September 1 and February 1 deadlines.

11. How competitive is your program?

The Sport Management Master's Program has become highly competitive for admission and good qualified applicants are getting denied because there is limited space available for each cohort admitted.

12. What are the criteria my application will be evaluated on?

The admission committee evaluates each application completed by the application deadline based on the following criteria: 

  • Official Transcripts 
  • Resume (internship or job related experience) 
  • Sports and Fitness Background (jobs, internships, community activities, etc) 
  • Statement of Goals 
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Professionalism displayed throughout the application process 

 

13. How many students do you accept each year?

The Sport Management Master's Program accepts approximately 35 students per cohort. Three new cohorts start each year: 1 new cohort at both program locations in July, and 1 new cohort at the NorCal Program in January. Each class of approximately 35 students begins and completes the Master's Program as a "cohort" or learning community that functions as a support network.

14. Is a deposit required to reserve a space in the graduate program?

Yes, each admitted student must deposit $700 to hold their position in the cohort to which they have applied. This deposit is non-refundable and is applied to your tuition costs in your first semester of studies at USF.

15. How can I schedule a visit to campus?

Prospective students are encouraged to attend the Information Meetings held at both program locations. Individual visits can be scheduled by contacting the Sport Management Master's Program Office.

16. Who are the Sport Management faculty?

Full-time faculty members teach most of our core courses while industry professional teach specialized electives. For more information about our Faculty and Staff, click here.

17. What types of jobs are available to people with a degree in Sport Management?

Alumni go into a variety of positions across the sports industry. Please check out Our Alumni page to see where some of our alumni are working.

18. What are my options for taking classes in the program?

Classes are offered one evening per week in a pre-set sequential order in the cohort model. Visit this July calendar for the San Francisco and Los Angeles Area Programs and this January calendar for the San Francisco spring program. Students may not take the program part-time and may not accelerate the program. This graduate program does not offer online classes.

19. How does the internship part of the program work?

Please visit our Internships page for more information.

20. What are the tuition costs?

The 2015-2016 tuition rate for the Sport Management graduate program is $1,245 per unit. The 36-unit Master's Degree Program will have a total tuition cost of $44,820. Students who enter the program and complete required coursework within the scheduled 23-month program calendar are guaranteed that their tuition will remain at the same "flat-rate" that was in effect when they started the program.

21. Is financial assistance available?

The Federal Government provides significant assistance through the subsidized and unsubsidized direct loan program. The majority of the Sport Management students do take out some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options please visit Financing Your Education.

22. Are there scholarships available?

The Sport Management Master's Program offers several merit-based scholarships. These scholarships do not require a separate application, all students admitted to the Sport Management Master's Program are considered for these scholarships during the admission decision process. Scholarship awards will be indicated in a student's admission letter. These merit-based scholarships are competitive, may vary in amount and will be applied to tuition costs.

23. Are there graduate assistantships?

Several departments on campus, including the Koret Health and Recreation Center and the USF Athletic Department, offer a limited number of graduate assistantships. When assistantships become available, job postings are sent to the Sport Management office, who will then share the posting with all students currently enrolled in the program. The Office of Student Employment maintains a listing of currently offered on-campus jobs, which typically require an in-person interview after enrolling at the University.

24. Is there an orientation for graduate students?

Yes, there is a required orientation for both US and International students. The Sport Management Master's Program orientation is held the week before the first class meeting and attendance is mandatory by all students accepted into the program. You will receive an orientation package with all the necessary details/information.

If you are an International student, you are also required to attend the International Student Orientation. You will need to contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at isss@usfca.edu to find out more information about the International Student Orientation.

25. Do I need health insurance?

Yes, all full-time students are required to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. USF does offer a health insurance plan to students who do not have their own coverage. Please visit Health Promotions Services to view requirements.

26. As an international applicant, what do I need to do to apply for the Sport Management Program?

Please refer to the International Applicants section on our How to Apply page for more information.

27. Where do I find information about housing?

USF offers limited housing to graduate students on the main campus in San Francisco, mostly in the apartment-style Loyola Village. International students are given first priority to on-campus graduate student housing, but all students are encouraged to apply for on-campus housing in a timely manner. Visit the Office of Residence Life website for more information and for on-campus housing contracts (which detail the costs). USF DOES NOT offer housing at the Southern CA Program. 

Off-campus housing in San Francisco: 

Please contact Jose Cuevas, the Off-Campus Program Assistant in the Office of Residence Life, at 415.422.6824 or by email at share@usfca.edu. Also, visit the Office of Residence Life website for Off-Campus Living, and click on "Rental Resources". 

Non-USF resources for off-campus housing in San Francisco: 

Craigslist 

San Francisco Chronicle Classifieds 

San Francisco Weekly Classifieds 

Springstreet - 415.771.0447 

Bay Area Rental Guide - 415.929.7777 

Rent Tech - 415.863.7368 

HotPads San Francisco 

Zillow Rentals - San Francisco 

Non-USF resources for off-campus housing in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas: 

Craigslist - Click on Orange County or Los Angeles 

Orange County Register - Click on OC Real Estate Finder for rental listings 

Springstreet - Search for housing in Orange County or Los Angeles 

Los Angeles Times - Rental Listings 

HotPads Los Angeles 

Zillow Rentals - Los Angeles 

HotPads Orange County 

Zillow Rentals - Orange County