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Citadel News Service
26 Sep 2005

MBA with sport management concentration new at The Citadel

The Citadel has begun accepting applications for enrollment in its newest graduate school degree program, the Master of Business Administration with a concentration in sport management. This is the first such degree program in South Carolina.

The MBA with a concentration in sport management is designed so graduate students can develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to become leaders in management and administration of sport, exercise, and recreation programs. This degree program will prepare graduate students for leadership positions in the recreation industry, college and university sports, resort programming, intramurals-recreational-club sport programs, and physical fitness and wellness industries.

The fields of sport management and recreation have annual revenues of more than $200 billion and it is predicted that continued growth will follow the creation of specialized markets, such as extreme sports and adventure activities.

"These new markets will require better educated and better trained workforces," said Dr. Harry Davakos, director of sport management programs within the Department of Health, Exercise, & Sport Science. "We have surveyed industry leaders to help us identify expected outcomes and desirable qualities for our graduates. Results indicate that ethical and principled leaders with strong business skills and solid knowledge of business practices are what the industry wants.

"While Americans today are working longer work weeks, these same people demand new services, like the 30-minute physical fitness workouts and 24-hour access to workout and fitness centers,” Davakos said. “In addition to promoting learning about the sport, leisure, and physical fitness industry, we want our students to develop business acumen."

This new graduate degree program is a collaborative effort of The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional Studies, the School of Business Administration, and the Department of Health, Exercise, & Sport Science. This program has also garnered the enthusiastic support of the Charleston Metro Sports Council.

For more information about criteria for admission requirements, contact Dr. John S. Carter, head of the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science at 843-953-7953 or visit The Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science online. Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of Graduate & Professional Studies (CGPS) and the School of Business Administration before acceptance into the sport management concentration.

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