Sport Management Program Application

(Rev. 9/15/12)

Please also read “FAQ” page (http://www.uwlax.edu/sah/ess/sm/html/faq.htm) for more information related to the program and application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Annual application deadlines are October 1st and February 1st at 5:00 PM to the program director (Dr. Chia-Chen Yu, 213 Mitchell Hall).

*** Admission is competitive. Meeting requirements does not guarantee admission. The application rubric will be used to evaluate and score your application.

Requirements for Entrance

  1. Complete 30 credit hours including general education courses.
  2. Earn a "C" or higher in pre-admission core courses (BIO 103 or BIO 105 or MIC100; C-S 101 or CT 100 or IS 220; and ESS 110). *Note: Students who earned credit in ESS 115 before Fall 2012, are not required to take ESS 110.
  3. Have a UW-L GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
  4. Complete and submit a formal application. Click here to download the application form.
  5. Applications must be submitted to the program director (Dr. Chia-Chen Yu, 213 Mitchell Hall) before application deadlines and should include the following (both print out and files in a CD/DVD/Flash drive):
    • The completed application form (Application form must be signed and approved by your advisor).
    • An application/cover letter (not mission statement) that includes:  1) why you want to be a sport management major; 2) a brief explanation of your experiences in the field of sport management; and 3) how this major will help you to achieve your professional goals; 4) what would you do if not accepted (1-2 pages).  (Use cover letter tips and examples on: http://www.uwlax.edu/CareerServices/students/letter_writing.htm). Please work with Career Services in preparing letters and resume.
    • A copy of your resume. (Use résumé tips and examples on: http://www.uwlax.edu/CareerServices/students/resume_writing.htm). Make sure to include a section on sport management experience. Please work with Career Services in preparing letters and resume.
    • Two completed job shadow reports. Must be sport management related sites. Students need to get faculty advisor approval for their job shadow sites before they begin them. Forms are available on: http://www.uwlax.edu/sah/ess/sm/files/shadow.rtf.
      • Job shadow experiences give students a first-hand look at careers they may pursue after graduation. Students are instructed to “shadow” a person in their field for one working day (between 4 and 6 hours). All job shadow experiences must be pre-approved by the student’s academic advisor. Interviews alone are not considered job shadow experiences.
      • Students should attach a typed description of their job shadow experience to this form. Your job shadow report should include the following:
        1. Name of person, title or position in the sport organization, name of organization
        2. Date and time of your job shadow
        3. Job duties and responsibilities that you see the person perform
        4. What you observed and learned about working in that field/position from the job shadow? How it might be helpful in your future job or career pursuits?
      • Format and Length: academic writing style, one to two pages, double spaced, 12 point type, 1’margins
    • A current copy of your unofficial transcripts through WINGS.
    • Join the UW-L Sport Management Association (http://www.uwlax.edu/sma/) (recommended).
    • Involvement in sport management related experiences. Visit the Involvement Center (Cartwright, http://www.uwlax.edu/sac/involvement) and UW-L Sport Management Association for sport management volunteer opportunities.
    • Interview with the Sport Management Screening Committee. Applicants must submit a completed application packet to sign up an interview time slot. (Sign-up sheet will be posted outside 213 Mitchell Hall two weeks prior to the deadlines).
    • A CD/DVD/Flash drive (used to upload application materials online for Sport Management Screening Committee to review). Please include the following files: 1) cover letter; 2) resume; 3) Two completed job shadow reports; 4) application form; 5) a current copy of your unofficial transcripts from WINGS, PDF file.

Students who meet the above criteria will be considered for official entrance into a program. Annual application deadlines are October 1st and February 1st at 5:00 PM to the program director (Dr. Chia-Chen Yu, 213 Mitchell Hall or mailbox). However, it is recommended that you submit your application a week or two before the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Admission to the Sport Management program is competitive and not all who apply may be accepted. Candidates are limited to two (2) application attempts during their academic career.

Sport Management Screening Committee: Brian Gordon, Lois Heeren, Chris Helixon, Chia-Chen Yu.

*** Admission is competitive. Meeting requirements does not guarantee admission.

Reapply

  1. Have a UW-L GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
  2. Earn a "C" or higher in pre-admission core courses (BIO 103 or BIO 105 or MIC100; C-S 101 or CT 100 or IS 220; and ESS 110). *Note: Students who earned credit in ESS 115 before Fall 2012, are not required to take ESS 110.
  3. A new completed application form (Application form must be signed and approved by your faculty advisor).
  4. An application/cover letter (not mission statement) that includes:  1) description of your academic abilities, 2) your experiences and other professional involvement in the field of sport management since you last applied, and 3) how this major will help you to achieve your professional goals, 4) what would you do if not accepted (1-2 pages). 
  5. A current copy of your unofficial transcripts.
  6. A current copy of your resume. Highlight your significant improvement and other professional involvement in the field of sport management since you last applied.
  7. Interview with the Sport Management Screening Committee. Highlight your significant improvement and other professional involvement in the field of sport management since you last applied. Applicants must submit a completed application packet to sign up an interview time slot. (Sign-up sheet will be posted outside 213 Mitchell Hall two weeks prior to the deadlines).
  8. A CD/DVD/Flash drive (used to upload application materials online for Sport Management Screening Committee to review). Please include the following files: 1) cover letter; 2) resume; 3) Two completed job shadow reports; 4) application form; 5) a current copy of your unofficial transcripts from WINGS, PDF file.
  9. Annual application deadlines are October 1st and February 1st at 5:00 PM to the program director (Dr. Chia-Chen Yu, 213 Mitchell Hall or mailbox).
  10. Admission to the Sport Management Emphasis is competitive and not all who apply may be accepted.

If you have any questions about program requirements, please contact the Director of Sport Management (213 Mitchell hall, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, La Crosse, WI 54601, Phone: (608) 785-6549, Fax: (608) 785-8172, e-mail: cyu@uwlax.edu).