Overview

The mission of the M.A. in kinesiology with coursework focusing on sport management is to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed for successful careers in the ever-expanding sport industry.  This program is designed to educate students to manage in a wide variety of sport arenas.  The theoretical knowledge is complemented with field experience internship in sport industry settings.  The 30-hour program is designed so that a student who has only recently completed an undergraduate degree, a student with some experience in the field, and a student who has been out of school for many years may all participate and gain important knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in the sport industry.  The classes are taught by experienced faculty, all of whom have both doctoral degrees and wide ranging experiences in the sport industry, particularly in intercollegiate athletics and university recreation. The common program themes of mutual respect, collegiality, and empowerment are intended to facilitate students’ professional growth, while advancing the teaching, research, and service mission of The University of Alabama.

Program Coordinator:  Dr. John Vincent

Professional Experiences in the Sport Industry

The key to success in the sport industry is a combination of theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom and outstanding experiential learning in practicum/internship settings. The MA in Kinesiology with coursework focusing on sport management at the University of Alabama is designed to provide students with cutting edge theoretical knowledge and outstanding practicum/internship opportunities.  The faculty are dedicated to assisting students in both these areas to help students launch their careers. Students have the opportunity to take a practicum/internship class (KIN 585 – Internship: Practicum in Sport Management (three credit hours)). These requirements may be fulfilled by one of the recognized internships:

  • UA Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Academics (Student Services)
  • Business Office
  • Communications
  • Compliance
  • Crimson Tide Foundation (Development)
  • Crimson Tide Hospitality
  • Crimson Tide Sports Marketing
  • Event Management
  • Facilities
  • Football Operations
  • Life Skills and Community Outreach
  • Marketing, Promotions, and Trademark Licensing
  • Ticket Office & Tide Pride
  • UA Student Recreation Center (Student Recreation Center; Outdoor Fields Complex)
  • Brunos Event Team
  • The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sport Commission
  • The Birmingham Barons

Additional internship opportunities are available with: Paul W. Bryant Museum, Tuscaloosa County Parks & Recreation Association (PARA), ESPN, LakeShore Foundation, Collegiate Licensing Company, Talladega Super Speedway, Alabama High School Athletic Association, Alabama Sports Festival, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center (BJCC), Host Communication, License & Contract Group, Professional Sport Organizations (i.e.: NFL, NBA, NBL, WNBA), and sport management sites listed in the Street & Smith Sports Business Resource Guide & Fact Book and Sports Market Place Directory (Grey House Publishing).