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People who love business and the sports industry can combine the two and build a career plan at Tennessee Tech University.

Beginning this summer, TTU’s department of exercise science, physical education and wellness will offer a master’s degree in sport management. The degree will open the door to careers in sport administration from marketing and facilities operations to a job as an athletic director.

“For people who like business and who like the sport aspect, this is perfect,” said Michael Phillips, assistant professor of EXPW. “We have many who want to be athletic directors or simply want a job in the sports industry and the master’s degree is a perfect fit.”

The program received final approvals from the Tennessee Board of Regents earlier this year. Already, several students have enrolled and more are working on their applications, according to Phillips.

The department already offers three master’s programs and a licensure course, with about 60 students enrolled. The addition of this program should increase enrollment over the next several years, Phillips says.

“There’s such a big interest in sport management. It’s one of the fastest growing majors on many campuses,” he said. “One of the lures is that it’s online. Students can work their day job, work on it at home and get a degree.”

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