MBA with Emphasis in Sport Event Security Management

As the only program of its kind in the United States, The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and Economic Development and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) are proud to offer a new Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sport Event Security Management.

The program is designed for those who currently work (or aspire to work) in management/leadership positions in the sport safety and security industry, and offers students flexibility with a face-to-face or online format.

Today, it is essential for individuals seeking top management positions in the sport security industry to possess the business knowledge needed to manage operations, including the ability to present a business case for return on investment for security and management solutions. By supplementing the MBA with an emphasis in sport event security management, graduates will be able to differentiate themselves by gaining the standard principles of business in conjunction with real-world experience necessary for security practitioners.

Top management positions may include:

  • Director of Safety and/or Security at Professional Sport Venues
  • Director of Facility/Event Operations
  • Director of Public Safety
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Chief Security/Risk Officer

 

Students in the program will have the opportunity to:

  • Earn an MBA from one of America’s top 200 business schools
  • Gain real-time experience with top industry leaders through NCS4
  • Study abroad in Central America, Europe and Asia 

 

MBA CURRICULUM

The MBA program is designed to meet the needs of full-time and working professional students. Classes are offered in hybrid night class format and online. The hybrid format allows a student to complete two classes in one semester by attending class one night each week. 

The MBA program at Southern Miss consists of 33 credit hours (24 core hours; 9 elective hours). Full-time students can complete the MBA in as little as one year; working professional students can complete the program in as little as two years. 

MBA CURRICULUM

 Course NumberCourse Name Credit Hours

 ACC 611

Managerial Accounting

 3

 ED 620Global Location and Trade 3
 FIN 611Financial Management 3
 MGT 600Org. Behavior and Leadership 3
 MGT 611Analytical Decision Making  3
 MGT 650 Global Business Systems 3
 MGT 660 Global Business Strategy 3
 MKT 600 Marketing Management 3
 

ELECTIVES

 
SM 620Introduction to Sport Security Management3
SM 626Threat and Risk Assessment of Sport Venues3
SM 628Sport Event Emergency Response Planning3
 TOTAL33


SPORT EVENT SECURITY MANAGEMENT COURSES

Introduction to Sport Security Management – Introduction to the nature and scope of sport security. Study of domestic and international threats, natural disasters and crowd management operation issues in sport.

Threat and Risk Assessment of Sport Venues – An overview of Homeland Security threat and risk assessment methodology as it applies to sport event venues. Students will learn how to identify vulnerabilities, analyze and mitigate risk, and harden sport facility physical protection systems.

Sport Event Emergency Response Planning – An overview of emergency response and security plans for major sporting events, including crowd management, and consequence and crisis management. 

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • MBA application completed online through the Graduate Application Portal
  • Official transcript(s) sent to the Graduate School or International Services (Students who attended USM do not need to request a USM transcript.)
    1. Conditional admission – minimum 2.5 GPA on the last 60 hours of the applicant’s bachelor’s degree
    2. Regular admission – minimum 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of the applicant’s bachelor’s degree
    3. The average GPA of students admitted to the program is above a 3.3.
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores sent to the Graduate School or International Services
    1. Official GMAT or GRE score minimums have not been established, as the committee reviews the entire application package.  The average GMAT total score of students admitted is above 500.  This GRE Comparison Tool can be used to obtain a predicted GMAT total score.
    2. Click here for more information on possible GMAT/GRE waivers.
  • Official TOEFLIELTS, or PTE scores sent to International Services for international applicants
    1. TOEFL minimum – 71
    2. IELTS minimum – 6
    3. PTE minimum – 53
  • Three letters of recommendation – professional and academic letters preferred; only one personal letter is accepted, if needed; enter the recommenders’ contact information in the Graduate Application Portal for the recommenders to receive an email to upload their letters
  • Cover letter – a professional letter to highlight and expound on the applicant’s resume; an introduction to the committee; upload in the Application Self-Service Center after application is submitted
  • Professional resume – please include part-time, full-time, management, and military work experience, along with the relevant dates of employment; upload in the Application Self-Service Center after application is submitted
    1. While not required for admission, work experience after the bachelor’s degree is valued.  On average MBA students have seven years of post-bachelor’s degree professional experience.
  • Statement of purpose – explain why you want to earn your MBA from USM in no more than two pages, double-spaced; upload in the Application Self-Service Center after application is submitted
  • Immunization records 

 

PREREQUISITES

The MBA program is designed for business and non-business majors.  Three prerequisites are required before applying to the MBA program.  These prerequisites can be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in a three credit hours course on the undergraduate or graduate level.

Accounting (ACC 200, 220, BA 611 or the equivalent)

Finance (FIN 300, BA 670 or the equivalent)

Statistics (BA 201 or the equivalent)

The Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations offers online, graduate level finance and accounting courses that can be used to satisfy two of the prerequisites.  Students interested in the MBA program can take the accounting and finance course to satisfy prerequisite requirements or earn the entire certificate for a better foundation in business concepts before beginning the MBA program.  Those needing a statistics prerequisite can take an undergraduate statistics course.

 APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR U.S. APPLICANTS

APRIL 1: SUMMER OR FALL ADMISSION SEEKING GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP
JUNE 1: FALL ADMISSION NOT SEEKING GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP
NOVEMBER 1: SPRING ADMISSION

 APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

APRIL 1: FALL ADMISSION SEEKING GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP
MAY 1: FALL ADMISSION NOT SEEKING GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP
OCTOBER 1: SPRING ADMISSION


CONTACT INFORMATION

Heather AdamsFor more information on the MBA program at Southern Miss, please contact:

Heather Adams Sison
Graduate Program Advisor
h.l.adams@usm.edu

228.214.3496