UMass Sport Management Graduate Program Earns Top International Ranking

Isenberg School of Management
Isenberg School of Management

For the fourth time in the past five years, the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management has been judged by its academic peers as the number one sport management program in the world, according to “SportBusiness” magazine’s annual global rankings released today.

In addition to its top global ranking in the “Professors’ Choice” category, the McCormack graduate program, which includes both its MBA/MS and MS in Sport Management degree programs, was also ranked number one in the “Graduates’ Choice” category and number two overall in the world.

“We are obviously disappointed to lose our ranking as the top-ranked overall program in the world,” said Steve McKelvey, graduate program director, referring to McCormack’s number one overall standing in the 2019 rankings. “However, what is equally rewarding and impressive is that our peers – those professors and administrators of graduate sport management programs across the globe – have for the fourth time in five years identified our program as the best.”

McKelvey attributes the McCormack graduate program’s consistently strong showing to both its exceptional faculty and its unparalleled alumni network. Additionally, annual initiatives like the graduate mentor program, frequent professional development trips and a plethora of hands-on experiential learning–based projects with industry clients help ensure a positive response from the students who participate in the annual “SportBusiness” survey.