Intakes: 

2022: February, August

Duration: 
1.5 years
Location: 
Fees: 

2022: A$19,100*

* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

Gain the professional and personal skills to succeed in the global sport business industry with a Master of Sport Business at Victoria University.

This course prepares you for the pressures and complexity of contemporary sport management. You will gain high-level skills and knowledge to implement and deliver sport programs that:

  • are financially and operationally sustainable
  • provide value to participants
  • have socially responsible outcomes
  • adhere to the values of trustworthiness, fair play, transparency, and integrity.

You will combine cutting-edge theory with intensive case analysis and best-practice strategic management. You will also have the opportunity to undertake professional-level research, study abroad (notably through our partnership with the Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea) and industry experience (through the Industry Engagement unit and other projects throughout the course) to ensure you are a highly competent and confident graduate.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, from 2021 we will start rolling out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

From 2021, this course will be delivered in four-week mode, which means you study one unit (subject) at a time over four weeks, rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

Victoria University is one of Australia's most recognisable sport universities. We have an outstanding reputation in sport, exercise science, health and fitness.

We have strong, unique partnerships with more than 350 local, national and global sport organisations. Some of our partners are:

  • Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Victorian Racing Club
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Real Madrid Football Club Foundation.

VU’s facilities are the most comprehensive range of sport and exercise science facilities in the southern hemisphere. Our world-class sport and learning precinct at our Footscray Park Campus includes the Institute for Health & Sport (IHES).

We have the largest number of students enrolled in sport courses, and more sport industry partners than any other university. We also have the most graduates working in the sport industry.

You will have the opportunity to travel to Europe for a two-week study abroad experience once international travel is permitted.
You could work with professional sport organisations such as the Real Madrid Football Club through our unique partnership with the Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea.

Learning within the Master of Sport Business is dynamic and accessible. The curriculum is designed to ensure you get the most out of your studies, and uses multiple delivery modes, including:

  • group-centred
  • case analysis
  • work-integrated
  • face-to-face
  • intensive
  • hybrid
  • online.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers in sport business

As a graduate of the Master of Sport Business, you will be suited to a range of management and leadership roles in the global sport industry. You will be equipped to add to the public value of the sport industry through working in sport integrity, partnerships, marketing, economics, strategic management, facilities and events, and many other opportunities domestically and globally.

In complex organisations undergoing constant change, you will be prepared for a range of sport business management and leadership roles in:

  • international agencies
  • national, state and local government
  • the private sector
  • the non-profit sector.

Example job titles or positions include:

  • chief executive officer (professional sporting clubs)
  • general manager (state and national governing bodies)
  • community development manager
  • player welfare manager
  • resource planning director
  • team manager
  • public relations and corporate affairs manager
  • sport venue manager
  • sport project manager
  • sport event manager
  • media manager.

Salaries

These are the average annual salaries (via Job Outlook) in Australia for general managers and sports centre managers.

Course structure

To attain the Master of Sport Business, students will be required to complete 144 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points core units  
  • 48 credit points specialisation studies selected from the approved list

Specialisations

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesise conceptual understandings of strategic management with advanced specialist knowledge in the field of sport integrity;  
  2. Evaluate the nature of illegal, corrupt, and anti-social conduct in sport, and how it threatens the credibility and integrity of sport;  
  3. Critically apply ethical principles to decision making processes when dealing with problematic issues in sport;  
  4. Design, justify, and implement strategic initiatives involving structural, cultural and operational change that enables sporting enterprises to implement policies and practices that grow the sport by placing integrity in the forefront; and,  
  5. Creatively utilise cross-disciplinary knowledge and high quality sport research to build partnerships, attract resources, and build systems for attracting diverse groups of participants.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
PLUS
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you can receive toward Victoria University higher education courses based on your previous studies.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

Additional information

International students must be eligible for an additional visa to undertake the Real Madrid study tour.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above – check your Letter of Offer for an estimate on non-tuition-fee-related expenses.

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