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Sport Management Program Receives Top National and Global Rankings

When you spend a weekend afternoon watching football, baseball, basketball, or any sporting event, odds are a graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, may be playing a role behind the scenes. The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) offers a highly-respected Sport Management master’s program for students seeking a career in the sports industry. In fact, the Sport Management Program is ranked as a top graduate program by SportBusiness International.

For 2023, UT’s Sport Management Program was ranked  12th in the United StatesLogo of Post Graduate Rankings Report. and 15th in the world in the annual SportBusiness International Post Graduate Rankings (PGR) Report. Each year, the SportBusiness International PGR report examines such factors as quality of teaching, support in finding a job in the industry, networking opportunities, and value of the degree in furthering a career, among 18 criteria in evaluating an academic program. UT was one of two SEC schools to receive global recognition for its Sport Management program.

“The recognition by SportBusiness International is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff,” said Robin Hardin, professor in the Sport Management program. “It is also a reflection of the quality of our students and their success after earning their master’s degree. We are appreciative of the college and other campus partners including Tennessee athletics and Tennessee Campus Recreation for their continued support of our students and program.”

In the Sport Management program, master’s students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare them for a career in sport management The program’s mission is to prepare leaders for the  sport industry through scholarship, leadership, diversity, and quality academic and practical experience.

“I am very proud of our Sport Management master’s program for achieving such a prestigious global and national ranking” said Zan Gao, KRSS department head. “Being recognized as the 15th in the world and 12th in the nation underscores our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and the development of future leaders in the field of sports management. This accolade is a testament to the dedication of our outstanding faculty, the hard work of our students, and the visionary direction of our department. I am confident that with our combined efforts, we will continue to set the gold standard in sport management education.”

You can read the entire SportBusiness PGR Report here.

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