PhD in Kinesiology

Sport Management

The Sport Management Ph.D. specialization at the Louisiana State University is offered by the School of Kinesiology as a degree program which focuses on developing a variety of academic skills to help students become successful in academic and/or scholarly endeavors. Students accepted into the Ph.D. program will receive training toward careers in academia or professional positions of similar or related career fields. Specifically, students will be provided the opportunity to receive and demonstrate critical thinking and research skills through an interdisciplinary approach which centers on the student’s research interests and career ambitions. Building on a foundation of sport management courses, independent studies, and mentoring opportunities with the program’s faculty members, students will, through elective coursework (i.e., cognate area) explore a wide variety of management issues related to the field of sport. Such interests may include areas related to Organizational Behavior and Theory, Facility Management,  Law and Legal Applications,  Finance and Accounting,  Economics, History, and social issues to name a few. Finally, unique among graduate programs, LSU offers real opportunities to teach lecture courses in our undergraduate Sport Administration program to help prepare Ph.D. students and candidates for careers in academia. Courses available for doctoral students and candidates at LSU include the basic core of most undergraduate and graduate curriculums (e.g., marketing and promotions, law and ethics, finance, introduction to sport industry, social issues, etc.). Overall, the Ph.D. opportunity at LSU allows students the flexibility to carve their niche within the sport industry to better serve the interest of the academy and their own natural curiosity.


The Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Management graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). The program is designed to help students become successful in academic and/or scholarly endeavors. Of the 34 sport management doctoral programs in the United States , only two have achieved accreditation at this point from COSMA . For more information about the 2017 – 2018 student achievement data, operational effectiveness goals and program information profile, click here.



Students must submit an application to the Graduate School. Students will be evaluated on these six areas regarding their application package:

  • Cumulative Undergraduate Grade Point Average (G.P.A.);
  • GRE and/or GMAT score;
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation;
  • Letter of Intent/Interest;
  • Research Statement;
  • Resume.

Ph.D. applicants should contact the faculty members before applying to understand the current research interests of the faculty and to communicate their own potential area of interest.

Course Requirements

Minimum Total* 77 Credit Hours

Research and Statistics 26 Credit Hours

Professional Core Courses (Choose 15 Hours) 15 Credit Hours
KIN 7511 Administrative Problems in Kinesiology 3
KIN 7516 Organizational Behavior and Development in Sport 3
KIN 7518 Social Issues in Sport 3
KIN 7519 Financial Issues in Sport 3
KIN 7524 Legal Issues in Sport 3
KIN 7545 Economic Issues in Sport 3


Cognate Area** 15 Credit Hours

Sport Management Elective Courses (Choose 12 Hours) 12 Credit Hours
KIN 4501 Special Topics in Sport Management 3
KIN 4513 Facilities Management 3
KIN 4518 Governance and Policy Development in Sport 3
KIN 4900 Independent Study 3
KIN 7505 Problems in Kinesiology 3
KIN 7544 Current Topics in Sport Management 3


Dissertation 9 Credit Hours
KIN 9000 Dissertation Research 9



** Electives and Cognate: Electives and the selection of the Cognate specialization will be chosen on the basis of agreement between the student and the student’s advisor. Courses required for the Cognate specialization will be based on agreement between the student and the student’s Cognate professor. Each of these agreements is subject to approval by the student’s PhD committee. * At least 27 credit hours at the 7000 level or above, exclusive of any type of independent study, is required.

***Students should consult with faculty advisor(s) as to the coursework plan will prepare them to meet their goals.

Graduates of Sport Management Ph.D. Program

Dr. Adam Pfleegor (Original Placement: Mississippi State University) 

Dr. Dylan Williams (Original Placement: University of Alabama)

Dr. Patrick Tutka (Original Placement:  Niagara University)

Dr. Khirey Walker (Original Placement: Ball State University)-

Dr. Jeremy Foreman (Original Placement: University of Louisiana- Lafayette)

Current Ph.D. Students

Ben Downs (3rd Year)

2016 M.S.; Mississippi State University; Kinesiology; Sport Administration

2008 B.A.; The College of Wooster; History; Black Studies

Interest: Ben wants to strengthen Sport Management by using historical methods to review management history as it relates to sport facilities, individuals, and leadership by examining the evolution of professional multi-purpose facilities in urban centers.

Marcella Otto (3rd Year)

2016 M.S.; Southern Illinois University; Kinesiology; Sport Studies

2014 B.S.; Southern Illinois; Sport Administration

Interest: Marcella is interested in applying organizational management concepts, such as human resources and psychological contracts, within college athletics to better understand the student-athlete experience.

Yoseph Mamo (3rd Year)

2015 M.S.; Florida State University; Sport Management

2007 B.S.; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Applied Information Technology

Interest: Yoseph’s research interests are corporate social responsibility activities, and the role of sport on addressing social issues in Africa. The goal of his research is to improve the understanding of CSR activities and examine their role in the development of African politics.  

Seungmin Kang (3rd Year)

2015 M.S.; Seoul National University; Sport Management

2009 B.S.; Chungbuk National University; Physical Education

Interest: Seungmin is interested in exploring the value of sport for the public good (i.e., Sport for Development) and understanding the importance of organizational capacity for those programs’ intended visions and outcomes. 

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