Tagged: Undergraduate

Sports Management- A Graduate Degree?

At this time last year I started to
feel a bit overwhelmed. I realized I was graduating from the place I had called
“home” for the past four years (however much I may have loved or
hated it at the time), and that I would soon be pushed out of the bubble that
UCSD had created for me (and my fellow classmates) and forced into the
“real” world if I didn’t find a degree to pursue. Knowing that it was
unlikely I could find a job in this economic climate (even with two degrees
from a research one university) was frightening, but the realization that it
would be nearly impossible to get a job in the field I am truly passionate
about was heartbreaking.


And so I embarked on a research
mission (if there is one thing I learned at UCSD, it is how to research) to
find a graduate program that would help me grow as a professional, become
better prepared for a “real” job, and embrace my love for learning
through academic discussion. I researched programs in Russian and Soviet
Studies and Law, and finally I stumbled upon a field no one had mentioned to me
before- Sports Management. 


How was this possible? A graduate
degree existed in the field I wanted to study, and no one had thought to bring
it up to me. No counselor, no academic advisor, no friend, no one. But, finally
there was hope, a way to learn about sport in the classroom, in a program that
could help prepare me for a job in the industry, it seemed too good to be


It was, and is, true. And in some ways it continues to be
too good to be true, in part because there is little information out there
about this relatively new field of study. While there are numerous programs at
the undergrad and graduate (both Masters and Ph. D programs exist) there isn’t
much to help potential students differentiate between them. Yes, access to
course listings are available, and a list of every program is available, but
those don’t provide students with the answers to the questions that need to be
asked: what am I going to learn? What type of learning environment will I be
in? What should I really glean from these classes? And the question on
everyone’s mind- will this really help me get a job in the sports industry?
Even if answers to these questions are provided, this is usually done by the
schools- making it difficult to get an objective opinion.


As someone who is six months through an eighteen-month
program I feel that I might best be able to provide a look in the life of a
sports management graduate student. A look at what we do on a weekly basis. And
perhaps, more importantly, provide some insight to the answers of the
aforementioned questions. At the end of the day, if I can help one potential
student decide this is, or isn’t, the field of study they want to pursue (even
if they simply stumble across this blog and the field comes into their radar)
it will be a success, because I know I (as well as my fellow classmates) would
have loved to know what we were getting ourselves into before we embarked on
this eighteen-month journey.


Look for regular updates regarding the life of a sports
management student.