Ph.D. in Kinesiology: Specialization in Sport Management

This specialization prepares students for teaching and research careers in sport management.

Graduates are trained for post-doctoral appointments and positions in universities, industry, and research institutions. The program prepares students to conduct research in applied and basic areas of sport management. Emphases in the applied areas are in organizational and group diversity; the under-representation of women and ethnic minorities in sport organizations; organizational effectiveness; organizational structure and strategy; organizational change; sport marketing; and consumer behavior. Emphases in the basic areas focus on relational demography; intergroup processes; and sport consumer behavior. Specific areas of research correspond to those of the sport management faculty.

The Center for Sport Management Research and Education, and the laboratories subsumed under that entity—the Laboratory for the Diversity in Sport and the Sport Marketing Laboratory—provide support to the sport management program. Research in these entities focuses on applied issues in the university athletic context and on diversity issues within organizations for sport and physical activity, respectively. In addition to the work in the laboratories, supplementary experiences are available with various sport entities, including the Department of Athletics, the Department of Recreational Sports, and professional sport organizations/tournaments.

Research Experience Requirement

Prior to scheduling the dissertation proposal meeting, each student will: (a) have presented, as sole or first author, at least one presentation at a state, regional, or national conference; and (b) will be an author on at least one research paper submitted to a peer-reviewed national or international journal. In addition, dissertations will not be signed by the department head until the student has submitted as first author a manuscript (or manuscripts) of the study to a national or international refereed journal (or journals).

Minimum Hour Requirement

The PhD requires a minimum of 67 hours beyond a masters or 96 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Depending on the preparation and experience, doctoral students may be required to complete undergraduate or graduate leveling work in addition to the minimum PhD requirements.

Admissions

We will only review COMPLETE applications. A COMPLETE application includes:

  • Apply Texas application
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher education that you have attended
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a prior professor who can attest to your academic abilities)
  • Statement of purpose, which should include an intended research focus.
  • Academic writing sample
  • Current resume

Tenure/Tenure Track Sport Management Faculty

DR. PAUL BATISTA

Associate Professor
342BD Blocker
(979) 845-2391
 

DR. GREGG BENNETT

Professor
338 Blocker
(979) 845-3109

DR. NATASHA BRISON

Assistant Professor
352 Blocker
(979) 458-1071
 

DR. GEORGE CUNNINGHAM

Professor
342BB Blocker
(979) 458-8006
 

DR. MARLENE DIXON

Professor
348 Blocker
(979) 845-3109
 

DR. JOHN SINGER

Associate Professor
355B Blocker
(979) 845-5497
 

DR. MATTHEW WALKER

Chair & Associate Department Head
348 Blocker
(979) 845-3109