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FAU’s M.B.A. in Sport Management Ranked ‘Top 10 Worldwide’

FAU is only University Ranked from State of Florida

BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 14, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business has announced that its AACSB-accredited M.B.A. in Sport Management program has been ranked fifth in North America and eighth in the world in the 2013 SportBusiness International rankings of Master-level Sport “Courses.” FAU is the only school in the state of Florida listed in the top 25 world rankings.

SportBusiness International’s 2013 Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings is the industry’s only authoritative ranking of the sector of sport management education.  The population of the rankings includes all types of sport programs on the master’s level and is not limited to just M.B.A. or other business-oriented programs. The marking criteria included areas such as, but not limited to, the number of languages in which the course was taught; gender balance; class size; internship offerings; and alumni network.  

”The FAU M.B.A. in Sport Management program is honored and proud to receive a Top 10 ranking in the SBI 2013 rankings of Master-level Sport Courses,” says Jim Riordan, Ph.D., director of the sport management program at FAU,. “We would not have been able to achieve this milestone without the hard-work, dedication, and loyalty of our current students, faculty and more than 120 alumni.” 

 Led by Riordan,  the M.B.A. in Sport Management program has grown in student enrollment three times its initial size and seen significant growth in the areas of organizations available for internship and full-time job opportunities, as well as out-of-state and international students who graduate from the program, since its inception in August 2000. The program continues to combines a superior, rigorous graduate business curriculum with a specialization module that emphasizes the business of sport. 

“We are also grateful for the role that the many sport and entertainment organizations in South Florida and beyond have played in our program,” said Riordan. “These organizations have greatly assisted with attaining this prestigious plateau by providing internship/experiential learning opportunities and full-time employment to our students and alumni.”

For more information, contact Jim Riordan, Ph.D., at 561-297-3031 or visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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