In a League of Their Own: FSU Sports Management Program Ranked #1 in the Nation

Students in FSU’s #1 ranked Sports Management Program at the NCAA Final Four in Houston.

Florida State University master’s program in sports management is the best program in the country according to College Choice, a leading online authority on college rankings and resources.

The #1 ranked sports management program is housed at FSU’s College of Education.

“We are incredibly proud of the recognition our program has received,” said Jeffrey James, Professor and Director of the Department of Sports Management. “This achievement is a reflection of our exceptional faculty, staff, and students, and we aim to maintain that momentum.”

The College Choice ranking is based on five key data points: quality, reputation, affordability, value, and student satisfaction.

Students gain knowledge and skills by studying with faculty members in courses such as Sports Marketing, Sports and Media, Strategic Sports Management, Legal Issues in Sports, and Facilities Management and events. The skills are then put into practice through the ministry’s unique service-learning program. Students engage in sports-based services, fostering community inclusion by partnering with various organizations.

Recent graduate Zakary Bertram (MS ’16) said his experience challenged him to broaden his thinking about sports, sports programming and his ability to serve.

“Choosing Florida State University’s Master of Sports Management program was the biggest professional decision I’ve made,” said Bertram, who is now director of football operations at the University of Dayton. “The faculty offers a world-class education that prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the sports industry.”

While at Florida State, Bertram volunteered with the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the College Football Playoffs.

“Florida State’s alumni network consists of many current and future leaders in the sports industry, so students are always connected to the best and brightest minds in the business,” Bertram said. . “I would recommend the Masters in Sports Management program to anyone who is serious about advancing their careers or preparing for future success in the sports industry.”

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