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University of Southern Indiana

This program appears in our ranking of Top 30 Bachelor’s in Sport Management Degree Programs.

University of Southern Indiana

The University of Southern Indiana offers two of the only accredited sport management degree programs in Indiana. Its bachelor’s program allows students to choose between earning a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. Undergrads will work for the athletic teams and organizations that are part of the university, which compete at the Division II NCAA level. Students also have the chance to choose a track or a degree focus in intercollegiate athletics, recreational sports, sport communication, or sport and business studies. The university asks students to choose a focus area in their freshman years but allows them to change their focus later.

Undergrads learn the basics of sport management and can do work for a real-life athletic organization too. Some of the university’s graduates now work for the Indianapolis Colts and other professional teams. They often made connections in the field through the internships they did in school and via the guest lecturers the university brought in for special events.

The Master of Science in Sport Management is a more advanced program available from the university. It teaches students how to communicate via the written word and through oral means, but they also learn how to work with a wide range of people and find ways to create equality within the professional sports world. Graduates have access to the same tracks as undergrads do and will take 36 credits of required courses. The University of Southern Indiana offers a five-year plan for undergrads who want to earn an MS in Sport Management, but it also offers an accelerated graduate program that students can finish in one year.

About University of Southern Indiana

Indiana State University decided to open a regional campus in southern Indiana in the 1960s and chose Evansville for this campus. It opened in 1965 as a regional campus of that system and served as Indiana State University – Evansville. The university did not separate itself from that system until the 1980s, which was when it became the University of Southern Indiana (USI).

USI now offers 15 doctoral and graduate programs as well as 70 majors for its undergrads. U.S. News and World Report ranks its graduate nursing program as one of the country’s best and also ranked its nursing programs on some of its other lists too. The university has a strong reputation for the way that it engages with its students and with the technology that it offers them. USI also takes care of several historic buildings in nearby New Harmony and encourages students to work in special programs within that town. Though USI started as a small regional campus, it now has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students.

University of Southern Indiana Accreditation Details

USI is one of many schools in the Midwest with regional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS), which is a division of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Accreditation of this type gives students the option of applying for financial aid when taking graduate or undergrad classes and also allows students to transfer credits from one school to USI. The university also received accreditation from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) for all its sport management programs.

University of Southern Indiana Application Requirements

The admissions and application requirements that prospective USI students must meet will vary based on whether they want to attend its graduate school or enroll in an undergrad program. All types of students can use the university’s online application, which allows them to create their own personal and individual accounts. Undergrads will pay a $40 application fee and submit their official test scores. USI will not process an application until it receives an official score. Students are also responsible for supplying their high school transcripts. Undergrads will typically receive a response in three weeks or less.

Students applying to the university’s graduate sport management program must also pay a $40 fee and submit an online application. They will also provide official college transcripts, though the university does not require any type of test score. While they can submit these materials online through the application system, they will mail other documents to the director of the program via an address on the Kinesiology and Sport Department. USI asks for a personal statement that should list the student’s reasons for wanting to study sport management at the graduate level and any reasons for choosing USI.

USI uses that statement to determine whether the student has strong writing skills and can handle writing in its graduate courses. It also asks for three letters of recommendation to decide whether the student has the skills needed for graduate school. Only those who have a bachelor’s degree can enroll fully in an USI grad program.

University of Southern Indiana Tuition and Financial Aid

USI charges a rate of $259 per credit hour for undergrads who are Indiana residents. Nonresidents, including students who live on the border, pay $629 per credit hour. Students may face fees of $75 per class or credit hour for some of the upper-level classes available in select subjects. They will also pay for room and board to live on the Evansville campus and for all their supplies. Sport management students often face transportation costs when doing internships and working for one of the university’s athletic organizations. Graduate students pay $385 per credit hour as an Indiana resident and $755 per credit hour as a nonresident.

The David L. Rice Merit Scholarship goes to any incoming student who has a grade point average of at least 3.0 and a score of either 20 on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT. Based on their scores and grades, they will receive a scholarship of between $500 and $5,000. There are seven other scholarships available to both residents and nonresidents, including those who participate in ROTC and the children or grandchildren of USI alumni.

Both undergrads and grad students can use the FAFSA as well. The university offers various jobs on its campus that can include both a paycheck and a tuition waiver or stipend. Students may qualify for grants or federal loans also. The University of Southern Indiana uses the student’s family contribution to determine how much aid he or she needs.

Learn more about the University of Southern Indiana at the sport management program website.