MSc in Sport Management

2. syklus (master)
4 semester
Master of Science in Sport Management
Anbefalte forkunnskaper

Applicants should preferably hold a recognised 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 programme in Sport Management.

Admission to the international MSc programmes at Molde University College, Specialized University in Logistics is highly competitive, and applicants should preferably have completed their bachelor’s degree with an average grade of Excellent or Very Good, or at least a minimum average grade of Good/ grade C or equivalent (Like First Class or Second Class Upper Division or equivalent grades). For English language requirements for admission, see more detailed information on our home page: www.himolde.no.


Students who work or plan to work in sport clubs, sport associations or other types of organisations (agencies, media, event organisers etc.)


The MSc in Sport Management is designed to prepare students to work in management positions in the sport and sport-related industry. The programme intends to convey a solid understanding and knowledge about sport management as it is practised in the European context, and introduce the students to legal, ethical, economical, organisational, historical, political, and psychological topics necessary to meet the demands of this growing industry. This means 1) that the main aim of the programme is the open format of team sports more than the closed leagues, which are frequent in some other parts of the world, and 2) that the aim of study is neither sport or business administration, but in fact a combination, which makes the understanding of Sport Management complex. The programme will expose students both to practitioners and scholars. Moreover, they will be challenged on up-to-date problems and conventional understandings or sport myths as they are conveyed by the actors of sport. In the third term students concentrate either in Football Management or in Marketing, Media and Sponsorship based on their chosen seminars and internship.

As prospective councillors or decision-makers, the students should be able to face complex situations in organisations in an analytic and reflective manner. The study programme enables students to find good solutions and to create cooperative environments. By equipping the students with diverse perspectives and knowledge through lectures, assignments, discussions, teamwork and internship, the students should develop an understanding of the complexity, heterogeneity and uncertainty in sport, and the need to listen and be responsive to others. This should enable them to constructively take part in change projects. By working in a sport context and completing their master’s thesis, students should develop their capacity as problem-solvers by defining problems and research questions, and by examining, analysing, concluding and defending their conclusions.

An excursion to Germany is mandatory in the course IDR800 Event Organization. Students pay travel and housing expenses

Forventet læringsutbytte

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


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


  • be able to contribute in finding solutions to organizational problems in sport organizations.
  • be able to do independent analytical work and to write scientific texts in an 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 popular form

General qualifications

  • be able to work independently
  • have skills and experience in cross cultural and inter-professional team work
  • be able to communicate about professional issues relevant to Sport management, on an expert- as well as a common level

The program courses use a wide range of teaching and study methods. Some courses run over one semester with classes once or twice per week, and in some cases courses are organized as seminars with one-week intensive teaching. Students are expected to work individually between lectures, and especially during the seminars the work load could be intense. During the third term students does an internship.

In many of the courses case studies and writing essays, both individually and in groups, is part of the teaching methods. Students finalize the degree by carrying out a supervised research project and write their thesis on basis of this.

Students enrolled in the program are expected to do at least 40 hours of study work per week. Of these around 10-15 hours are contact hours (teaching, seminars and supervision). During the second year a substantial part of the work is connected to writing the master thesis.

The program is not suited for distance learning

Eksamen og vurderingsformer

Student assessment is made on basis of monitored exams, essays, written case study reports, internship and oral presentations.

Krav til studiepoengprogresjon

An 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.


Students might take their third term abroad at one of our recomended European partner universities.

Videre studier

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