Program content

The MSc in Sport Management is designed to prepare students to work in management positions in the sport and sport-related sector. It intends to convey a solid understanding and knowledge about the sport as it is practiced in the European context and to introduce students to legal, ethical, economical, organizational, historical, political, and psychological topics necessary to meet the demands of this growing sector.

The combination of broad sport related topics, specific sport management concentrations, a 15 ECTS worth internship as well as dedicated students and faculty is the best preparation for future sport managers.

Molde University College cooperates with the Football Association of Norway and many other partner organizations which gives our students unique access to internships. This provides important entries to organizations and platforms of exchange between practitioners, students, and faculty.

Our studies are flexible, and students can go on exchange to one of our partner universities in Europe.

The 2 years (120 ECTS) international MSc program in Sport Management is given in English, consists of 90 credits of courses, and a master's thesis of 30 credits.

Facts about the program

  • Study points: 120
  • Study duration: 2 years
  • Organization: Full-time
  • Campus: Molde
  • Start of Studies: Autumn 2019
  • Teaching language: English
  • Study level: Master's degree (2 years)

Why choose this program?

The study is suitable for

Students who work or plan to work in sports clubs, sports associations or other types of organizations (agencies, media, event organizers, etc.)

Admission

Admission to the MSc program in Sport Management takes place during the spring semester every year, and the program starts in the middle of August. The program is open to Norwegian and international applicants who fulfill all the admission requirements, where applicants outside EU/ EEA must document funding of minimum NOK 116 369 per academic year together with their application form to cover their own living expenses for their planned MSc studies in Molde. As a recognized state-run specialized university, HiMolde is not charging any tuition fees from the Norwegian or international students, but all admitted students have to pay a minor semester fee of approximately NOK 745 per semester. Admitted international students outside EU/EEA will be requested to transfer a minimum of NOK 116 369 to our Deposit Account for International Students within a deadline first stated in the letter of admission.

Applicants should preferably hold a recognized first degree (BBA, BA, BSc), equivalent to a minimum of 180 ECTS credits, in Sport Management/ Sciences, Business Administration, Social Sciences (Economy, Sociology, Political Science or History) or other relevant academic disciplines to apply for the MSc program in Sport Management. Applicants who have completed only an HND (Higher National Diploma) or similar Diploma/ Advanced Diploma Educations do not qualify to apply for admission.

Admission to the international MSc programs at Molde University College - Specialized University in Logistics is highly competitive when it comes to grades. Applicants should preferably have an average grade of First Class/ First Division or Second Class Upper Division or equivalent average grades from their recognized bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

Some groups of applicants will also be required to fulfill the formal English language requirements to apply for admission, by taking an IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.0, or a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test/ 213 on the computer-based test/ or 79 on the internet-based test. Other groups of applicants might be exempted from the formal English language requirements.

Learning outcomes (2019–2021)

Degree/title obtained
  • Master of Science in Sport Management
Learning outcomes

After completing the program, the successful candidate is expected to:

Knowledge

  • Have advanced knowledge of economical and organizational theories concerning sport management.
  • Have specialized knowledge about selected topics within the field of sport management.
  • Have extensive knowledge of scientific methods and philosophy of science relevant to the field.

Skills

  • Be able to contribute to finding solutions to organizational problems in sport organizations.
  • Be able to do independent analytical work and to write scientific texts in a theoretically informed and methodologically sound manner.
  • Be able to acquire new scientific literature in an independent and critical way.
  • Be capable to present work orally and in writing in an academic as well as a popular form.

General qualifications

  • Be able to work independently.
  • Have skills and experience in cross-cultural and inter-professional teamwork.
  • Be able to communicate about professional issues relevant to Sport Management, on an expert as well as a common level.

Semester abroad (2019–2021)

Students have the opportunity to go on exchange to one of our recommended European partner universities. Students interested in doing so should contact the program coordinator as well as international coordinator Anette Myrstad (anette.myrstad@himolde.no) early in their studies.

Program structure (2019–2021)

Study information

The Master of Science in Sport Management is designed to prepare students for work in managerial positions in the sport and sport-related industry. The program intends to convey a solid understanding and knowledge about the sport as it is practiced in the European context, and introduce the students to legal, ethical, economical, organizational, historical, political, and psychological topics necessary to meet the demands of this growing industry.

Throughout the study, students will be exposed to both practitioners and scholars in the field and challenged conventional understandings or sports myths conveyed by sports actors.

As future councilors and decision-makers, the students should be able to face complex situations in organizations in an analytic and reflective manner. The study program, therefore, aims at enabling students to develop an understanding of the complexity, heterogeneity, and uncertainty in sport, and the need to listen and be responsive to others. Consequently, they can identify good solutions and create cooperative environments that enable them to take part in change processes.

By completing an internship in a sports context and a master’s thesis, students should develop their capacity as problem-solvers by defining problems and research questions, and by examining, analyzing, concluding and defending their conclusions.

An excursion to Central Europe is organized in the course IDR810 Event Organization. Molde University College covers housing and travel while abroad, but the students must pay own travel expenses to get to the destination.

Content and structure of the program

The MSc in Sport Management is designed to prepare students to work in management positions in the sport and sport-related industry. It intends to convey a solid understanding and knowledge about the sport as it is practiced in the European context and introduce the student to legal, ethical, economical, organizational, historical, political, and psychological topics necessary to meet the demands of this growing industry.

This program provides a solid composition of topics that prepare students to work in management positions in the growing sport and sport-related industry.

The combination of broad sport related topics, specific sport management concentrations, a 15 ECTS worth internship as well as dedicated students and faculty is the best preparation for future sport managers.

Molde University College cooperates with the Norwegian Football Association and many other partner organizations which gives our students unique access to internships. This provides important entries to organizations and platforms of exchange between practitioners, students, and faculty.

Our studies are flexible, and students may also go on exchange to one of our partner universities in Europe.

The 2 years (120 ECTS) international MSc program in Sport Management is given in English consists of 90 credits of course work, and a master's thesis of 30 credits.

Organization and learning

The program courses use a wide range of teaching and study methods such as lectures, assignments, discussions, teamwork, and an internship.

Some courses run over one semester with classes once or twice per week, whereas other courses are organized as seminars with one-week intensive teaching. Students are expected to work individually between lectures. During the study, students are doing an internship in a sports organization. The degree is finalized by carrying out a supervised research project and write a Master’s thesis.

The workload of the program equals at least 40 hours per week. During the first year, there will be 10 to 15 contact hours (teaching, seminars, and supervision) per week on average. During the second year, students use a substantial part of their time working in internships and on the master’s thesis. The program is not suited for distance learning

Required study progression

Achievement of at least 75 % of nominal study progression during an academic year is required in order to maintain the place in the study program.

Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments are made on the basis of exams, essays, written case study reports, internship, and oral presentations.

Study model

Mandatory courses

  • Study points: 120

Autumn 2019

  • ADM715 Essentials in organization and management (7.5 study points)
  • ADM825 Special Issues in Organization and Management (7.5 study points)
  • IDR705 Sports History (7.5 study points)
  • IDR806 Contemporary Issues in Sport Management (7.5 study points)

Spring 2020

  • IDR720 Introduction to Sport and Event Economics (7.5 study points)
  • IDR805 Sport and Event Marketing (7.5 study points)
  • IDR807 Seminars in Sport Leadership and Innovation (7.5 study points)
  • IDR810 Event Organization (7.5 study points)

Autumn 2020

  • IDR710 Philosophy of Science and Research Methods (7.5 study points)
  • IDR804 Seminars in Marketing, media, and sponsorship (7.5 study points)

Spring 2021

  • IDR910 Internship (Spring 2021–Autumn 2021, 15 study points)
  • IDR950 Master's Degree Thesis (30 study points)

Please note:

IDR950 Master's Degree Thesis runs over two semesters: autumn and spring.

Career opportunities (2019–2021)

Future work

The MSc in Sport Management qualifies for working in management positions in the sport and sport-related sector. Completing this study, students will achieve a Master’s degree and thereby qualifies for research positions and future Ph.D. studies.

Future studies

Candidates with an MSc in Sport Management should qualify for a Ph.D. in Sport Management. In most cases, this is dependent on excellent academic performances.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 28, 2019
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Ole Gunnar Solskjær on the Master of Science in Sport Management at Molde University College

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