PhD in Kinesiology

Sport Management

The Sport Management PhD concentration at the Louisiana State University is offered by the School of Kinesiology as a degree program which focuses on developing a variety of academic skills to help students become successful in academic and/or scholarly endeavors. Students accepted into the PhD program will receive training toward careers in academia or professional positions of similar or related career fields. Specifically, students will be provided the opportunity to receive and demonstrate critical thinking and research skills through an interdisciplinary approach which centers on the student’s research interests and career ambitions. Building on a foundation of sport management courses, independent studies, and mentoring opportunities with the program’s faculty members, students will, through elective coursework (i.e., cognate area) explore a wide variety of management issues related to the field of sport. Such interests may include areas related to Organizational Behavior and Theory, Facility Management, Law and Legal Applications, Finance and Accounting, Economics, History, and Social Issues to name a few. Finally, unique among graduate programs, LSU offers real opportunities to teach lecture courses in our undergraduate Sport Administration program to help prepare PhD students and candidates for careers in academia. Courses available for doctoral students and candidates at LSU include the basic core of most undergraduate and graduate curriculums (e.g., marketing and promotions, law and ethics, finance, introduction to sport industry, social issues, etc.). Overall, the PhD opportunity at LSU allows students the flexibility to carve their niche within the sport industry to better serve the interest of the academy and their own natural curiosity.


The PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Management graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). The program is designed to help students become successful in academic and/or scholarly endeavors. Of the 34 sport management doctoral programs in the United States, only three have achieved accreditation at this point from COSMA.

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Students must submit an application to the Graduate School. Students will be evaluated on these six areas regarding their application package:

  • Cumulative Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA);
  • GRE and/or GMAT score;
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation;
  • Letter of Intent/Interest;
  • Research Statement;
  • Resume.

PhD applicants should contact the faculty members before applying to understand the current research interests of the faculty and to communicate their own potential area of interest.

Course Requirements

Minimum Total* 77 Credit Hours

Research and Statistics 26 Credit Hours

Professional Core Courses (Choose 15 Hours) 15 Credit Hours
KIN 7511    Administrative Problems in Kinesiology 3
KIN 7516    Organizational Behavior and Development in Sport 3
KIN 7518    Social Issues in Sport 3
KIN 7519    Financial Issues in Sport 3
KIN 7524    Legal Issues in Sport 3
KIN 7545    Economic Issues in Sport 3


Cognate Area** 15 Credit Hours

Sport Management Elective Courses (Choose 12 Hours) 12 Credit Hours
KIN 4501    Special Topics in Sport Management 3
KIN 4513    Facilities Management 3
KIN 4518    Governance and Policy Development in Sport 3
KIN 4900    Independent Study 3
KIN 7505    Problems in Kinesiology 3
KIN 7544    Current Topics in Sport Management 3


Dissertation 9 Credit Hours
KIN 9000    Dissertation Research 9


**Electives and Cognate: Electives and the selection of the Cognate specialization will be chosen on the basis of agreement between the student and the student’s advisor. Courses required for the Cognate specialization will be based on agreement between the student and the student’s Cognate professor. Each of these agreements is subject to approval by the student’s PhD committee. *At least 27 credit hours at the 7000 level or above, exclusive of any type of independent study, is required.

***Students should consult with faculty advisor(s) as to the coursework plan will prepare them to meet their goals.

Graduates of Sport Management PhD Program

Dr. Marcella Otto (Original Placement: Northern Illinois University)

Dr. Adam Pfleegor (Original Placement: Mississippi State University) 

Dr. Dylan Williams (Original Placement: University of Alabama)

Dr. Patrick Tutka (Original Placement: Niagara University)

Dr. Khirey Walker (Original Placement: Ball State University)

Dr. Jeremy Foreman (Original Placement: University of Louisiana- Lafayette)

Dr. Benjamin Downs (Original Placement: Ball University)

Dr. Yoseph Mamo (Original Placement: Tennessee State University)

Dr. Seungmin Kang (Original Placement: North Dakota State University)

Current PhD Students

Tiffany Demiris (4th Year)

2014 MS; Temple University, Sport and Recreation Management

2011 BS; New Jersey Institute of Technology, Communication and Media

Interest: Tiffany is interested in Sport Facilities Development and Operations in both the collegiate and professional athletic realms. Her interests also lay in the historical aspects of the said facilities and in particular the financing of stadia. 

Nathan Baer (3rd Year)

2020 MS; Northern Illinois University, Sport Management

2018 BS; North Central University, Psychology and German

Interest: Nathan's primary research interests include sport organizational behavior and human-resource development. Additionally, he explores youth sport development as a minor area of study.

Jeff White (3rd Year)

2020 MS; Louisiana State University, Kinesiology/Sport Management

2011 BS; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Political Science

Interest: Jeff's research interest involve an emphasis on the application of HRM practices and specifically, internal marketing in relation to leadership and organizational culture, and their collective influence on job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and organizational citizenship behavior.

Mandy Barefoot (2nd Year)

2019 MS; Louisiana State University, Kinesiology/Sport Management

2018 BS; Post University, Sport Management (minor in Marketing)

Interest: Mandy's professional focus in ticket sales leadership and general management influences her research interest in organizational behavior and culture, factors that influence employee retention, and diversity issues in sport business offices.

Olga Khokhryakova
(1st Year)

2021 MS; University of Arkansas, Community Health Promotion

2014 MS; Higher School of Economics University, Moscow, History

2012 BS; Higher School of Economics University, Moscow, Journalism

Interest: Olga’s primary research interest is focused on the role of social entrepreneurship and innovation in the field of sport for development. She is particularly interested in studying entrepreneurship during the formative stages of sport for development organizations. Olga is also interested in studying organizational capacity building in underrepresented regions. 

King Saah
(1st Year)

2017 MS; Temple University, Globalization and Development Communication

2012 BA; Cabrini College, Graphic Design

Interest: King’s primary research interest is focused on leadership in the field of sport for development. He is interested in the role of different leadership styles as well as leadership development. Additionally, King’s secondary research interest involves studying funding models and fundraising in sport for development. 

Sport Management Research

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