FAU’s Sport Management MBA Ranked No. 17 in Global Rankings

David Abbruzese, a 2013 graduate of FAU's MBA in Sport Management program, is the public relations coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys.

David Abbruzese, a 2013 graduate of FAU's MBA in Sport Management program, is the public relations coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys.

By james hellegaard | 6/6/2019

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business MBA in Sport Management program is among the top 20 postgraduate sports business programs in the world, according to the latest rankings from SportBusiness.

The program was ranked No. 17 out of 40 graduate-level programs listed in the worldwide rankings (chosen from 80 programs that submitted applications). FAU’s program ranked third among Florida universities and No. 14 in the U.S. FAU also finished seventh in the “Graduate’s Choice” category, with a student satisfaction score of 93.64.  

Launched in 2000, FAU’s program is recognized for its intensive industry-based curriculum, which requires industry-related employment of all students from day one to graduation. In addition, all faculty members have significant experience in the field of sport management.

“The MBA in Sport Management program at FAU is honored to be included among the world’s top graduate sports business programs,” said James Riordan, Ph.D., director of FAU’s MBA in Sport Management. “Our Top 20 ranking is a result of the hard work put in by our students and our hard-working and loyal faculty. The continued assistance and dedication of our practitioner-based educational partners in providing us with internship and full-time job opportunities contributed to our success as well.”

SportBusiness’ Postgraduate Course Rankings is the only internationally recognized annual review of the world’s top university-level sports management courses. The leading magazine covering the global industry of sport, London-based SportBusiness launched its postgraduate sports course rankings of the world’s top sports management courses in 2012. Only postgraduate-level courses that are 100 percent related to the business and administration of sport, and have been running for at least three consecutive years, are considered.

Since its inception, most of the graduates of FAU’s MBA in Sport Management hold permanent, full-time positions in the sport and entertainment industries. FAU sport management alumni have gone on to have careers with the Miami Dolphins, ESPN, Florida Panthers, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Heat, New York Yankees, Juventus FC, the Miami Marlins and numerous university athletic departments.

FAU’s sport management program is the first Florida-based program, and second in the nation, to be in an AACSB-accredited business school. FAU’s MBA in Sport Management is part of the College of Business’ Executive Programs that offer executive education degrees and open-enrollment courses for professionals who want to master their management skills and advance their careers in today’s competitive marketplace. The program is offered both through classes on FAU’s Boca Raton campus and online classes that can be taken from anywhere in the world.