Made possible by a partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning and The Lightning Foundation, the USF MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management emphasizes business fundamentals of sports: management, marketing, finance, economics, and accounting.
With specialized classes and coursework that are tailored to the business of sports, this full-time cohort program includes an internship. This internship provides graduate students on-the-job opportunities to help them experience how those lessons taught in the classroom play out in the industry. Students will be placed at local sport or family entertainment organizations.
William A. Sutton, EdD, who was previously at the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida, joined USF to direct the Sport and Entertainment Management program. A distinguished academician and proven sports-marketing practitioner, Sutton's body of work includes notable academic appointments and extensive industry experience, including serving as VP of TMBO for the National Basketball Association.
Michael Mondello comes to USF as an associate professor in the Management Department after spending 12 years on the faculty at Florida State University where he served as professor in the Department of Sport Management. Prior to FSU, Mondello also served on the faculty at the University of Florida. He holds PhD and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a BS from the University of South Florida.
This is a two-year, 32 credit hour program taking three semesters en route to an MBA. The remaining months within the program will consist of on-the-job work in the sport and entertainment industry, earning students an MS in Sport. Students are admitted for fall semester. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business must take business foundation courses as pre-requisites.
Ideal degree candidates will have a passion for the business and industry, rather than simply a love of sports. The strength of each applicant will be considered based on the entirety of the application. The admissions committee will look at prior college-level academic performance (GPA), GMAT or GRE scores, TOEFL score (if required), résumé, recommendation letters, and statement of purpose. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university is required.
Hannah Rhodes Colyer
Phone: (813) 974-4155
Office: BSN 3205
Sport and Entertainment Management Program
College of Business
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, BSN 3403
Tampa, FL 33620-7800