An Examination of Sport Management Doctoral Programme Research Requirements

Calvin Nite, John Nathaniel Singer


Scholars have conducted research and written about the curriculum standards and issues of accreditation in sport management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Although this research is certainly important, it is limited in the sense that it has not really focused in any substantial detail on professional preparation for doctoral students (i.e. the research requirements at colleges and universities with sport management doctoral programmes). Therefore, the purpose of this study was to provide a preliminary assessment of the research requirements for sport management programmes in North America that have doctoral degree programmes. The researchers conducted a document analysis of all available doctoral degree plans and semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders in various sport management programmes. Themes revealed some distinct differences between programmes in Canada and the United States. These findings along with the educational implications and future research directions are discussed.


doctoral education; research requirements; sport management curriculum

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