Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Questions

  1. Why should I apply to get into the program ASAP?
    • It is critical for you to get into the program ASAP because several courses are only for those who are admitted to the program. You might end up having no classes to take in your junior/senior year if you are not in the program by that time.
  2. How can I get into the program ASAP?
    • Finish and earn a "C" or higher in pre-admission core courses (BIO 103 or BIO 105 or MIC100; CS 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. Also maintain a GPA of 2.75 and higher.
  3. How many times can I apply to get into the program?
    • Each person has two opportunities.
  4. Do I have less opportunity if I am in progress in my courses?
    • No, you will have the same opportunity.
  5. How many students do you accept each semester?
    • We accept about 15-17 students each semester.
  6. How many people apply to get into the program?
    • Approximately 20-23 students apply to get into this program each semester.
  7. When do I know if I get accepted into the program?
    • We understand you are anxious to know the decision. The program director will send you an official letter for the decision ASAP.
  8. Who reviews the application materials and makes the final decisions?
    • The application materials will be reviewed by the Sport Management Screening Committee. They will also make the final decision.
  9. What if I did not get accepted on the first time?
    • It is competitive to get into the program. If interested, you may reapply next semester. You may contact the program director or your advisor to see how you can improve your credentials. However, the admission to the Sport Management program is competitive and not all who reapply may be accepted. Several majors listed below, which are commonly seen for the sport management professions, might be other options to consider in pursuing your future career in sport management.
      1. Marketing
      2. Management
      3. Communication
      4. Recreation Management
      5. Fitness
      6. Education or Physical Education (For the career in high school Athletic Director)
  10. What are your criteria to review the application materials?
    • There are several items when we review the application materials. First, the applicants need to meet all the requirements, such as completed application forms and materials. Then performance on your interview, experiences in sport related areas, resume, and job shadow reports complete the criteria we use to review the application materials. Note: Admission is competitive. Meeting requirements does not guarantee admission.
  11. What can I do to increase my chances of getting into the program?
    • In addition to the GPA and required courses, involvement in sport management experiences will be helpful. Also, being well prepared for the interview and application materials such as cover letter, resume, job shadow reports, etc.

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Job Shadows

  1. What is the purpose of job shadow?
    • Doing job shadows is a very good opportunity for you to know if you are interested in sport management or not before your application. Also you will have better understanding of the career choices you may have in the future.
  2. What are the two job shadows that we have to complete?
    • You need to find two sport mgt related sites to observe someone for 4-6 hrs for each site. Most of the time we suggest students find some places and positions they might be interested in the future. Some students shadow at YMCA or Athletic Dept. It really depends on your interest, as long as it is related to sport management. So you can start from your hometown fitness center, high school or YMCA, etc. You need to get advisor approval for your job shadow sites before you begin them.
  3. When should I start to set up my job shadows?
    • You can start to set up your job shadows 2-3 months before your application.

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GPA

  1. Is GPA with 2.75 mandatory to get into the program?
    • Yes, GPA with 2.75 is mandatory to get into the program.

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Interview

  1. When will I have the interview with the faculty members?
    • The interview is scheduled after the application deadlines. Applicants must submit a completed application packet to sign up an interview time slot. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside 213 Mitchell Hall two weeks prior to the deadlines.
  2. How long is the interview?
    • The interview is about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Who are the interviewers?
    • The interviewers are the program director and other faculty members in the sport management program.
  4. What questions do you ask in the interview?
    • The questions we ask in the interview are very similar to a job interview.
  5. How can I prepare for the interview?
    • We suggest that you practice with your roommates and dress professionally for the interview.
  6. Do I need to dress up for the interview?
    • Yes, we highly recommend that you dress up for your interview.

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Reapply

  1. I did not get accepted on my first application. What should I do for reapplication?
    • You need to have a GPA of 2.75 and earn a "C" or higher in pre-admission core courses (BIO 103 or BIO 105 or MIC100; CS 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. You also need to submit the completed application form, a current copy of your transcripts, and a current copy of your resume and cover letter.
  2. Do I need to redo interview?
    • Yes, you will have the interview with the faculty members again.

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Double Major in Fitness and Sport Management

  1. I am thinking about double majoring in fitness and sports management. Do I need to submit different application materials?
    • Yes, you need to submit all the required materials for sport management application.

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Transfer Students

  1. Who is in charge of reviewing the transferred courses?
    • Assistant to the Dean, Mr. Guy Herling (785-8653, herling.guy@uwlax.edu, 125 MH) is in charge of the transferred courses.
  2. What are the important sites to browse?

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