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Sport and Entertainment Management, Ph.D.

College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Prepare for research in sport and entertainment management, and develop skills to become an effective teacher, mentor and industry advisor.

Work closely with an exceptional roster of faculty members on research, grants and consulting projects, which often involve leading organizations within the sport, entertainment and venue industries. Join a support network of academics and practitioners while exploring the epicenter of new developments in the field.

Program Highlights

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    Powerhouse Academics

    Conduct research at one of the nation’s leading schools and departments for the sport science field.

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    Teaching Professionals

    Learn from one of the world’s largest faculties, joined by industry-leading lecturers and adjuncts.

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    Recognized and Respected

    Study in a program that is recognized by the North American Society of Sport Management, the Sport Marketing Association and others.

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    Centers and Conferences

    Learn at the home of the College Sport Research Institute and Sport, Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow Conference.

What You’ll Study

Our sport and entertainment management faculty members have a range of industry expertise, including analytics, consumer behavior, facility management, sport management, sport law and esports.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Legal Knowledge

    Interpreting and applying laws and regulations to specific situations or issues

    Scientific Writing

    Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Directing and overseeing the activities and resources to achieve specific goals

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Professor
  • Business Analyst
  • Researcher

Workplace Settings

  • Higher Education
  • Academia
  • Professional Sports
  • Amateur Sports
  • Team Marketing

By combining some of the best sport management scholars in the country in a renowned program and university, the sport and entertainment management program at the University of South Carolina is unbeatable!

Alexia Pedo Lopes
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