Ph.D. in Kinesiology: Specialization 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.
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
DR. GREGG BENNETT
DR. NATASHA BRISON
DR. GEORGE CUNNINGHAM
DR. MARLENE DIXON
DR. JOHN SINGER
DR. MATTHEW WALKER
Chair & Associate Department Head