Published On: Thu, Jul 7th, 2016

Florida Atlantic’s Sport Management MBA Ranks Among Top Three Programs in World

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

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

By: James Hellegaard

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business MBA in Sport Management program is among the best in the world and first in Florida, according to the latest rankings from SportBusiness International .

The program was ranked third out of more than 600 graduate-level programs worldwide. SportBusiness International’s Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings, which compiled the rankings, is the only internationally recognized annual review of the world’s top university-level sports management courses.

This marks the fourth consecutive year FAU’s sport management MBA program has been ranked in the top 10 in the world. 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.

“When I look at the Top 25 list and see the programs that we are in the same company with, I find it amazing to see how far we as a program have come in 16 years,” said James Riordan, Ph.D., director of FAU’s MBA in Sport Management.

“I’m very proud of our alumni who perform at the highest standard each and every day, thus increasing the value of the degree they earned here at FAU.”

The leading magazine covering the global industry of sport, London-basedSportBusiness International 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.

FAU sport management alumni have gone on to have careers with the Miami Dolphins, ESPN, Florida Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Heat, New York Yankees, Juventus FC, the Miami Marlins and numerous university athletic departments.

The sport management program is the first Florida-based program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and the second sport management program to be AACSB-accredited in the nation. FAU’s MBA in Sport Management is now 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.

“To receive our highest program ranking ever in the same year that we became part of FAU’s renowned Executive Programs is especially pleasing,” Riordan said. “I am so grateful for the fine and unyielding efforts that the team of Executive Programs has afforded FAU MBASport.”

The full rankings will be published June 30 in a special supplement in the July edition of SportBusiness International magazine.

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