Program Facts

Aren't all Sport Admin programs the same?

No.  The graduate program at Fresno State is the premier program on the west coast (read what former students say about our program).  We teach our students a lot of things about sport, but our real job is to prepare students for the rest of their lives.

In our program you don't just sit in class and take notes.  Here, you'll undergo a strategic career analysis; evaluate your marketability within the sport industry; learn how to differentiate yourself from the competition; network with leading sport personnel and organizations, develop a guerrilla marketing brand, career plan, and resume -- all while you gain essential hands-on sport industry experience.

Not only are we an exceptional graduate program; we're one of the most affordable programs in the United States.  So if you're looking for a Sport Administration program that will challenge and develop you for the sport industry, you've found it. You'll leave our program prepared, marketable, and ready for the ultra-competitive world of sport.

Will your program help me get a job in sport?

Our #1 goal is to prepare students for a career in the sport industry. This preparation includes real world job-searching, making professional contacts, and the art of developing relationships. Students in our program learn how to research companies and careers and then carefully target the companies and jobs that make the most sense. You'll learn what works in sport job hunting, instead of falling pretty to the common and ineffective practice of sending out blanket resumes.

Do you offer sport internships?

Yes. Sport industry experience is critical.  That's why we encourage our students to complete 2 sport internships and gain as much volunteer experience as possible. 

Our students have interned at numerous youth, high school, college, and professional sport organizations in the following areas:

  • Communications & Media Relations
  • Community & Public Relations
  • Compliance
  • Development & Fundraising
  • Game & Event Management
  • Stadium Operations
  • Football Operations
  • Marketing & Promotions
  • Player Personnel
  • Social Media
  • Sponsorship & Sport Properties
  • Sport Medicine
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Student-Athlete Services & Academic Advising
  • Ticket Operations & Sales
  • Video Productions

How long does your program take?

Our program consists of 30 credit units.  Unlike 1 year programs designed to rush you through as quickly as possible, in our Sport Administration program you receive 24 months of extensive sport leadership & administration training.  You will learn how to develop a differential advantage, build a network of sport industry professionals, and gain valuable sport industry experience -- marketable skills that will set you apart from the competition in your sport career.

What are the program requirements?

We take into consideration each applicant's complete background. For example, some of the things we consider are: major & degree,GPA, GRE or MAT scores, letters of recommendation, and sport industry experience.

Students who do not have sport industry experience or a sport administration or business degree will be required to take 2-3 additional courses.  However, students can take these courses concurrently with their Sport Administration classes.

How much does your program cost?

Our program is an exceptional value!  Not only is the quality of our program second to none, we're one of the most affordable sport administration programs in the United States.  Why add $30,000 - $40,000 more to your student loan debt when you can attend the premier Sport Administration program for a fraction of the cost?

See our links on tuition cost and financial aid and assistantships for more information.

How do I apply?

It's fast and easy!  Just click here and follow the instructions.


For Sport Administration questions contact:

Dr. John McMillen
Sport Administration Program Coordinator
(559) 278-1123

For application or program admission questions contact:

Dr. Jenelle Gilbert
Kinesiology Graduate Coordinator
(559) 278-8902