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Real. World. Experience.

At Pfeiffer University, Global Sport Management Graduate Program students receive all of these and more.


Authentic opportunities abound as students embrace a curriculum specifically designed to connect them with industry experts within their field of interest. Students will develop a professional portfolio of work through project-based learning and grow a repertoire of contacts through strategic mentoring initiatives and apprenticeship and capstone project experiences. Our relationships with sport properties and sport organizations enable us to provide opportunities for an integrated, concrete, real-world learning experience for our students.


As its name states, the Global Sport Management Graduate Program at Pfeiffer University enables students to explore life and see the world. Through domestic and international travel, students meet and connect with sport professionals and organizations across the United States and overseas


Our faculty have decades of first-hand experience working in all facets of the sport industry. In addition, our Global Sport Management Industry Council consists of passionate and engaged sport industry leaders who believe in our vision and have committed to help implement our mission ~ and open doors for our students.


The GSM Graduate program is a cohort model in which students complete the degree requirements in three terms (fall, spring, and summer) in seated classes, through experiential learning and a capstone project. Students complete eight core courses, an apprenticeship with a local sport organization, and a capstone project. The 30-credit program is housed on the Charlotte campus and is easily accessed for those working and/or living in the Charlotte area.


  • Foundations of Global Sport Management
  • Global Sport Governance
  • Research Methods and Analytics in Sport
  • Global Sport Marketing and Sales
  • Global Sport Media and Communication
  • Global Sport Tourism and Events
  • International Model of Sport
  • Contemporary Issues in Global Sport
  • Apprenticeship
  • Capstone Project

Domestic Tour

GSM students will tour the United States Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, and speak with USOPC executives and Olympians training on-site. In addition, they have opportunities to meet executives from National Governing Bodies, also located in the region, to gain a broader understanding of the global Olympic movement, within the context of the United States.

In addition, given the local sport organizations which exist in our own backyard, students have the opportunity to tour facilities local to Charlotte and learn best practices from regional industry experts. These interactions are an excellent opportunity to connect with professionals and create lasting relationships while learning how sport is developed and delivered in the United States.

International Tour

GSM students participate in an international study abroad seminar, which gives a unique, firsthand experience to understand global sport management practices. The tour is designed to immerse students in an international model of sport management, marketing, and governance. Opportunities abound to hear global sport management scholars and meet students at institutions to gain a deeper understanding of the changing context for sport in a global society.


Graduates of the GSM program are well-positioned in the job market with fundamental expertise and a professional sport industry network through experiential learning opportunities, thereby distinguishing themselves from others and preparing them for success. During their progression, students will have opportunities to build a professional network with individuals and organizations, initiating relationships, and leaving lasting impressions. Graduates of the GSM program will be able to work in local, regional, national, and international sport settings.


For admission to the Global Sport Management program, a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies is required. Students who do not have a 3.0 GPA may be provisionally accepted based on a strong statement of purpose, interview, and references.

Admission Requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA or greater in undergraduate studies
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Statement of Professional Interests, Skills, Goals and Aspirations
  • Interview (online or in-person)
  • Minimum of Three References (one personal, one professional, and one academic)
  • Valid Passport for the duration of the program

Total Program Cost - $29,530

Why Pfeiffer

  • One-Year Master’s Degree
  • Domestic and International Travel
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Consistent Exposure to Industry Experts
  • Excellent Career Prospects
  • Curriculum

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