Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management

For nearly 30 years, Texas A&M University has been preparing Ph.D. students to excel in the scholarship of sport. Texas A&M offers a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Management. Our faculty and students study sport management in ways that impact individuals, organizations and communities both locally and globally.

Using an appropriate array of theoretical, methodological and practical bases, our aim is to expose graduate students to a wide variety of perspectives and methods, then train them to understand and apply their knowledge base to critical areas of inquiry within sport management.

Our curriculum is built on four main areas, each of which combine coursework with individual application for tailored education of each student:

  • Scholarship of sport management
  • Scholarship of theoretical specializations
  • Methods of inquiry
  • Teaching and career preparation

Our faculty represent globally noted scholars in the areas of marketing, finance, diversity, social justice, gender equity, sport development, legal aspects of sport, sport for development, organizational behavior and leadership. Each faculty member engages with students to develop lines of inquiry that will both prepare them for future careers in the academy and contribute to the growing body of sport management knowledge.

The Center for Sport Management Research and Education as well as the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport and the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics also provide opportunities for students to engage in studies that will impact sport management theory and practice.

The broad collective knowledge base of faculty and access to world-class opportunities on and off campus, combined with individual mentorship for each student makes Texas A&M one of the strongest and most attractive universities for training and inspiring scholars in sport management.

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