MBA SPORT Testimonials


"I think what I love most about the MBA Sport program was the combination of real hands-on practical curriculum, solving today's business problems, and having high level discussion. To have been around so many like-minded individuals was something really special."

-Jenny Alvarez, '05: Senior VP of Brand Chief Creative Officer for Miami Heat

"The MBA Sport program really developed me as a professional by exposing me to real-world projects and experiences. With that knowledge, I was able to think more strategically and innovative which helped me in my previous role and current role with the Miami Dolphins. I made a lot of great connections throughout the program that helped me get to where I am today."                     

 -Asha Bartholomew, '21: Manager of Events for Miami Dolphins 

"The FAU MBA Sport program helped me build on the work I had been doing in my career and take my understanding of the classroom concepts to a new level. Pairing my knowledge and interest in sports and sports business with the MBA coursework was key for me to get the most out of the program. The curriculum allowed me to use sport business examples to inform my comprehension of the classroom content, which increased my understanding of the subjects being taught."

  -Zack Burleson, '21: Director, Partnership Development for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby

"FAU has been amazing to me and my family on so many levels. Most importantly, Jim Riordan, Ph.D., Director of FAU MBA Sport Management program, has been key to my success and to the overall program success. He gave me a chance to work for him as a Graduate Assistant and helped me getting internships at first, then my full-time job only 5 months after starting the program. I decided to get this degree at FAU because of its wonderful reputation and its impressive alumni. All teachers have at least 10 years of experience in the sports industry."

-Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff, '17: Director of Leasing at RPT Realty

"Learning from professionals currently working in my field of study was invaluable. Combining real-life classroom experience, meaningful internships, and a strong peer network. Jim Riordan and the MBA - Sport Management experience enabled me to jumpstart my career in a highly competitive industry. I strongly recommend the MBA - Sport Management program to any qualified individual seeking a career in the sports industry."

-Dustin Gray, '04: Executive Associate Athletic Director at University of Pittsburgh

“The MBA - Sport Management program provided me the opportunity to work in both collegiate and professional sports. This experience allowed me to distinguish myself in today’s competitive job market and ultimately secure a position at the College of Charleston.”

-Annette Medalie, '10: Senior associate Athletic Director, Wake Forest University

"Florida Atlantic University's MBA - Sport Management gave me the opportunity to launch a full-time career in the sports industry through a curriculum that integrates sports and business. Due to FAU MBA - Sport Management's high-profile and highly respected reputation, I was able to gain valuable work experience with the NHL, NFL, and NBA."

-John Shumate, '05: VP Brand Marketing, Champion

"I would recommend the FAU MBASport program to any aspiring young person that is interested in working in the world of athletics today. The program provides the necessary book training; however, allows the students to get much more in terms of networking and a hands-on experience. Allowing industry leaders to be a part of the teaching process offers students a chance to walk away with more than an education, but also a window of opportunity through contact connections."

-Lindsey Ross, '04: Founder, Another Day Consulting

“The FAU MBA - Sport Management program provided me with the education and practical experience I needed to succeed in the sports industry. More important, my professors, classmates and internship supervisors serve as resources I will continue to network with throughout my career.”

- Scott Sharp, '10: Real Estate Salesperson, Corcoran Group

"The MBASport Management program gave me the opportunity to be mentored by successful professionals while developing my skill set and preparing me for the sports and business industry. Working with the ATP and NFL gave me practical experiences to compliment the educational principles I have learned. The contacts I have made, experiences I have had, and principles I have learned will serve as valuable resources throughout my legal career."

-Shannon Williams, '10: Assistant County Attorney, Broward County Government

"I would not be where I am in college athletics without the skill set and resources that the FAU MBA Sport Management program provided me. In the program, I was able to gain real life experiences in professional and collegiate athletics that game the opportunity to earn full-time employment once I graduated. Even more importantly, I have been able to develop meaningful relationships with other across the country who have graduated from the program as well."

-Ryan Peck, '08: Associate VP, University of North Texas Athletics

Accreditation & Rankings

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Executive Education Professional Development Programs

No. 1 in Florida and No. 2 in the U.S.

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Best MBA in Sport Management

Top-10 in the world according to SportBusiness

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AACSB Accreditation

Proud member of AACSB, the premier accreditation agency for business schools

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Best Part-Time MBA

Ranked among the best part-time MBA programs

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Best Part-Time MBA

Ranked among the best part-time MBA programs

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Top-50 in Entrepreneurship

Third consecutive ranking from The Princeton Review

Best International Business Undergrad Program

Best International Business

No. 22 undergrad. by U.S. News & World Report

Best Online Bachelor's in Business

Best Online Bachelor's in Business

No. 44 for best online bachelor's in business

ACTA Oases of Excellence

ACTA Oases of Excellence

Phil Smith, Adams, and Madden Centers named ACTA Oases of Excellence

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