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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Degree Programs

Sport and Entertainment Management, Ph.D.

Based on a three-year period of residential study beyond completion of a master's degree in sport and entertainment management or a related field, the Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master's degree.

Come and join a support network of academics and practitioners while your research positions you at the epicenter of new developments of our field.

We will prepare you to conduct both theoretical and applied research within the broadening domain of sport and entertainment. Beyond your research, you will develop the tools you need to be an effective teacher and mentor to students, as well as a valuable resource for other industry professionals.

What Makes Us Unique

  • One of the largest faculties in sport and entertainment management in the world. Our faculty includes 12 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, and an abundance of lecturers and adjuncts with close ties to the industry.
  • Award-winning and widely-published research. We have been recognized by the Research Fellows of the North American Society of Sport Management as well as the Sport and Recreation Law Association. Explore our Faculty and Staff Directory bios to review our body of work.
  • Hosts of the Sport, Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow (SEVT) Conference. The third largest of its kind in the industry, the conference is designed to bring industry professionals and academics together.
  • Home of the College Sport Research Institute. The Institute hosts the annual CSRI Conference each spring, and publishes the annual report on Adjusted Graduation Gaps among NCAA Division-1 football, men's and women's basketball, and baseball and softball programs.
  • Sport & Entertainment Review (SER). This peer review journal is published by the SPTE program in partnership with FIT Publishing. SER accepts submissions focused on both sport and entertainment and aims to bridge the gap between academics and the industry.

As one of our Ph.D. students, you'll work closely with faculty on research, grants, and consulting projects. Projects often involve leading organizations within the sport, entertainment, and venue industries.  Meet the students who are currently studying with us here.


Admission Process

All applications for the Ph.D. program must be submitted online through The Graduate School. Applications will be reviewed and voted on individually by the department's graduate faculty based on:

  • The applicant's academic record
  • GMAT or GRE scores (and TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students)
  • Sufficient preparation to enter graduate study
  • Professional experience
  • Willingness of departmental faculty to work with the student
  • Letters of recommendation
  • The applicant's statement of career objectives
  • Personal and/or phone interview
  • Students must have a departmental faculty member who is willing to serve as their dissertation committee chair prior to admission.

For more detailed information about the degree requirements and coursework, please visit the academic bulletin.

For information on the application process, please visit The Graduate School.


Assistantships and fellowships are awarded to graduate students on a competitive basis. A fellowship makes you a vital part of the college through teaching, research and other meaningful educational experiences. Four-year stipend rates are competitive, tuition reductions are included and we support travel for research conferences. 

For more information, contact:

Khalid Ballouli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Ph.D. Program Director
Phone: 803-777-2560
Office: Close-Hipp 764


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