McCormack Department of Sport Management Named World’s Top Ranked Graduate Program

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AMHERST, Mass. – The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management graduate program - which includes an MS and an MBA/MS in sport management - has been ranked the number one postgraduate program in the world for 2019 by SportBusiness. The McCormack Department of Sport Management ranked second in both 2017 and 2018.

Rankings are based on surveys submitted by alumni who completed McCormack’s sport management graduate degrees in 2016 and have launched their careers. Through a separate, complementary survey, sport management faculty from around the world provide insight into how courses are perceived by industry experts - McCormack was ranked number one in this Professors’ Choice category.

“Earning the number one ranking is a tremendous honor and source of pride for our program and reflects the outstanding job done by our world-class faculty. Equally important, this recognition is a testament to the exceptional support of our alumni who serve as graduate student mentors and guest speakers, guide our students to job and internship opportunities, and contribute to the positive experience that’s now been validated by the SportBusiness survey,” said Steve McKelvey, graduate program director of the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management.

Launched in 1996, SportBusiness is widely recognized as an essential resource, providing news, analysis, and timely industry data.

About the Isenberg School of Management

The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has New England’s top-ranked public business school undergraduate program, according to U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1947, Isenberg is AACSB accredited and has 3,800 undergraduates majoring in seven business disciplines, ranging from accounting and marketing to sport and hospitality and tourism management. More than 1,500 students are enrolled in nationally and internationally recognized on-campus and online graduate programs. The school’s 44,000 alumni live and work in 86 countries, and many of them serve as mentors, guest lecturers, and network connectors for Isenberg.

About the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management

The McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the few sport management programs housed within a business school (the nationally ranked Isenberg School of Management). As one of the oldest sport management programs in the world, McCormack’s network of more than 5,000 alumni features leaders within every segment of the industry. The department has one of the top undergraduate programs in the country, and its graduate sport management program is currently ranked No. 1 in the world by SportBusiness. For more information, visit