Network with the Professionals

Perhaps you're a young professional who's looking to broaden your skill set and your contacts, or you're a recent graduate who would like to look beyond your current field of study, the Graduate Professional Studies Sports Management and Media program will put you in front of sports-industry workers and executives and introduce you to the fast-paced, highly rewarding world of sports.

Your GPS Semester

This seminar was developed by Lee Ivory, a veteran sports journalist of over 20 years. You will be exposed to many facets of sports management and media, including business administration, sports marketing, media coverage and media relations, union representation and even team management and sponsorships. You will meet many of the professionals who make Washington a global sports center and who are doing innovative work in the field of sports.

One of the greatest advantages to studying in Washington, D.C. is the unparalleled access that you have to internships. As a Graduate Professional Studies student, you will have access to our Internship Database—the largest of its kind focusing on internships in the Washington, D.C. area, along with resume and cover letter reviews and one-on-one internship advising. Our staff provides you with unparalleled resources to help you through the internship search process, so you can add relevant work experience to your resume.

Graduate Professional Studies students select a graduate level elective from across the universities course offerings. This is a good opportunity to explore potential areas of interests, add an additional skillset to your expertise, or to start fulfilling degree requirements for a future Master's degree. To explore course offerings, please review the AU Schedule of Classes and look for evening elective courses that are at the 500 or 600-level and do not require prerequisites.

Set the Foundation for a Future Degree

By participating in American University's Graduate Professional Studies in Sports Management & Media, you can start to earn credits that could count toward graduate programs in American University's Kogod School of Business or School of Communication.

As you think about your GPS semester, it may be beneficial to reference the course requirements of degree programs that you may want to attend in the future. Our program office is happy to discuss how your GPS program and elective options could count toward a future degree program at American University or elsewhere.


Lana Surface
Associate Director
Graduate & Executive Education
(202) 895-4859