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FAU’s College of Business Sport Management M.B.A. Ranked Among Top 10 Programs in the World, Top Five in U.S.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (June 12, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business sport management M.B.A. program is among the best in the world, according to a new industry ranking.

The program was ranked sixth internationally and fourth in North America out of more than 500 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 improves on the 2013 ranking of eighth in the world and fifth in North America.

London-based SportBusiness International is the longest-established and leading magazine covering the global industry of sport.

 “To be ranked in SBI’s worldwide top 10 rankings and top five in U.S. list for the second consecutive year is a true testament of the hard work and dedication of our students, alumni, faculty, administrators and support staff,” said James Riordan, Ph.D., director of FAU’s sport management M.B.A. program. “In existence for less than 14 years, and to be included with some the world’s long-standing, iconic and pioneering sport management graduate-level programs, is truly something to celebrate.”

Program rankings are determined by data submitted by alumni, and FAU’s program enjoyed a “Student Satisfaction Rating” of more than 90 percent.

The new rankings were announced at the inaugural Work In Sports Exhibition in Switzerland on May 7, and the full rankings were published in the June edition of SportBusiness International magazine in the article “Top of The Class: SportBusiness International’s 2014 Postgraduate Sports Course Ranking.” The publication stated, “leading courses specializing in sport are fast becoming the prerequisite of any person looking to get into the industry.”

Daniel Gropper, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Business, said professional and college sports are more than just fun and entertainment; they also are important social and economic engines for their communities. 

“Excellent business acumen and organizational skills are keys to ensuring the success of such organizations, and I am pleased with the results of our faculty’s efforts here at FAU,” Gropper said. “Coming on top of our high national rankings in BusinessWeek for our executive M.B.A. program, this report provides additional evidence that we are providing a first-rate education.”

FAU’s sport management M.B.A. program was recognized for educational excellence because of the intensive industry-based curriculum at its core. For example, industry-related employment is required of all students from day one to graduation, and all faculty have significant experience in the field of sport management.

FAU’s College of Business sport management program began in 2000 and more than 90 percent of program graduates are employed in a full or part-time capacity within the sport and/or entertainment industries since its inception. Sport management alumni have gone on to have careers with the Miami Dolphins, ESPN, Florida Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, and numerous university athletic departments.

The Sport management program at FAU’s College of Business 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.


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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