Program Details

How can I find out more about the program?

Information sessions are held monthly at both program locations. Complete information about both the San Francisco and Orange County locations are provided at all information meetings.

What is the difference between the San Francisco and Orange County programs?

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 Orange County.

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. Students may not take the program part time and may not accelerate the program. This graduate program does not offer online classes.


How does the internship part of the program work?

Please visit our internships page for more information.

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. Learn more about where some of our alumni are working.

How can I schedule a campus visit?

Prospective students are encouraged to attend the information meetings held at both program locations. Individual visits can be scheduled by contacting the sport management office.

Financing Your Education

What are the tuition costs?

See the Office of Graduate Admission's Tuition & Fees page.

Is financial assistance available?

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

Are there scholarships available?

The program offers several merit-based scholarships. These scholarships do not require a separate application. All students admitted to the 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.

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, which then shares the posting with all students currently enrolled in the program. The Student Employment Office maintains a current listing of on-campus jobs, which typically require an in-person interview after enrolling at USF.

How to Apply

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 our program. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher is required.

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

Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 may be considered on a case-by-case basis. We encourage applicants who are below the 2.75 GPA requirement to schedule an appointment with a staff member by emailing sminfo@usfca.edu.

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 submit either their GRE or GMAT test score if they believe it might strengthen their application. The USF school code for the GRE is 4850.

When are the application deadlines?

  • February 1 for summer admission (San Francisco and Orange County 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 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.

Where should I send my application?

Application documents for both program locations must be uploaded into your online application. Please do not send any application documents to the program offices, as this will only delay the completion of your application.

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:

  • Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Sports and fitness background (jobs, internships, community activities, etc.)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Professionalism displayed throughout the application process

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.

How do I know if I have been admitted?

All applicants will be notified via email when a decision is available to be viewed in your online application account. If you are admitted to the program and accept the offer in your Apply Yourself account, you will receive an official admission packet in the mail.

  • 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.

How competitive is your program?

Our program has become highly competitive for admission. Qualified applicants are at times denied because there is limited space available for each cohort.

The program accepts approximately 35 students per cohort. Three new cohorts start each year: one new cohort at both program locations in July, and one new cohort at the San Francisco program in January. Each class of approximately 35 students begins and completes the program as a "cohort" or learning community that functions as a support network.

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.

Is there an orientation for graduate students?

Yes, there is a required orientation for both U.S. and international students. The program's orientation is held the week before the first class meeting and attendance is mandatory for all students accepted into the program. You will receive an orientation package with all the necessary information.

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 Promotion Services to view requirements.


Where can I find housing?

See the Office of Graduate Admission's housing page.

International Students

What are the application requirements for international students?

Visit our International Students page for information on how to apply, where to send application documents, certification of finance, visa, test scores, and other requirements.

Does the program require standardized tests?

The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is required for international students. The USF school code for the TOEFL is 4850. The code for IELTS and PTE is 4580.

Is there an additional orientation for international students?

Yes. You will need to contact International Student and Scholar Services at isss@usfca.edu to find out more information about the international student orientation.

Contact Info

San Francisco

Brent R von Forstmeyer, Director of Administration

101 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94105 (415) 422-2678

Contact Info

Orange County

Ashley Sloper, Ed.D., Associate Director

Physical Address:
St. Joseph Center
480 South Batavia St.
Orange, CA 92868

Mailing Address:
440 S. Batavia Street,
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 633-5626