Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Is it possible to earn a Master's degree in Sport Management from Rice University?
A: No. Rice University only offers an undergraduate degree in Sport Management. We focus all of our time and resources to being the most respected undergraduate Sport Management department in the world.

Q: How is Rice University ranked against other universities in the USA?
A: There are thousands of colleges and universities in the United States. U.S. News & World Report in its rankings of the "Top Schools" in 2010 rated Rice University as No. 17 in the country. Rice was listed ahead of schools such as Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and NYU. Rice was also the highest ranked university in the country with a Sport Management major.

Q: Is Rice University a good value?
A: Rice University is ranked No. 5 on Kiplinger's 2010 list of best values among private universities and colleges.

Q: What are some of the awards Sport Management majors are eligible to win?
A: Each year the Lindsay Roemmich Sport Management Achievement Award is given to the graduating senior who best exhibits (1) academic excellence, (2) external sport management experience, (3) positive attitude, and (4) dedication to improving the Rice Sport Management Program. Past winners include Ashley (Anderson) Gibson (2005), Adam Tabakin (2006), Sparky Frost (2007), Frank Arnold (2008), Natalie Kirchhoff & Charles Hampton (2009), Jimmy Comerota (2010), Ashten Ackerman (2011), Stephen Noh (2012) and Ryan Glassman (2013). Sport Management majors are also eligible for the Gilbert L. Hermance Award which recognizes the top student in the entire Department of Kinesiology "who has exhibited exemplary qualities of scholarship, leadership, character and service during his or her undergraduate experience." Marcos Ramos (2005), Zach Thomas (2006), Sparky Frost (2007), Lindsay Balthrop (2008), Natalie Kirchhoff (2009), Leslie Hinshaw (2010), Sam Shainsky (2011), Vanessa Morales (2012) and Jarvis Sam (2013) are Sport Management majors who have won the Hermance Award.

Q: How do I gain admission to the program?
A: First, you have to be accepted to Rice University.  Once accepted to Rice, you have freedom to choose any major.  If you are interested in majoring in Sport Management, contact program director Professor Haptonstall at to get more information and to set up a meeting to discuss program requirements.  You can also sign up for SMGT 260: Intro to Sport Management or SMGT 350: Sport Ethics (Distribution Course).