Sport Management Doctoral Program



Gary Sailes Has Scholarship Named After Him

Gary A. Sailes now has a scholarship bearing his name. For the past several years, Gary Sailes had been endowing the Graduate Diversity Scholarship for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sports.  This year, at the annual conference, the Board of Directors renamed it The Gary A. Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship.

New Arrivals for Sport Management Faculty

Congratulations to Dr. Choonghoon Lim and Sejin on the arrival of Shihyun and Dr. Antonio Williams and Crystal on the arrival of AJ! We look forward to Shihyun and AJ being part of the IU sport management doctoral “Class of 2038”!

IU sport management faculty members published two books in 2013 with the release of Dr. Gary Sailes’ Sports in Higher Education: Issues and Controversies  and Dr. Paul M. Pedersen’s Routledge Handbook of Sport Communication.

Photo of Dr. Gary Sailes book.

Dr. Gary Sailes’ Sports in Higher Education: Issues and Controversies

Photo of Dr. Pedersen's book.

Dr. Paul M. Pedersen’s Routledge Handbook of Sport Communication

IOC Library

Dr. Gary Sailes' Modern Sport and the African American Experience is listed in the International Olympic Committe (IOC) New publications catalog.

Sport Management Faculty Receives Award

Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Walsh who secured the “Best Professional Paper Award” at the recent conference of the Sport Marketing Association (SMA). Dr. Walsh’s manuscript (“Sport Teams as Brand Extensions: A Case of Taiwanese Baseball”) was selected as the top paper from the 174 submissions to the SMA Conference! Also, congrats to Matt Blaszka who was awarded the “Best Student Paper” (“An Examination of Sport Consumers’ Twitter Usage”) at the same conference.

Sport Management Faculty Receive Recognition

For the 2013 inaugural special issue of Communication & Sport, Dr. Paul M. Pedersen was one of 16 Photo of Communication & Sport journal. scholars featured in “Reflections on Communication and Sport: Perspectives from Key Figures.”  As the editor of the journal, Dr. Larry Wenner, noted in his introduction, “we have called on a group of leading scholars who have been instrumental in charting much of the early course of the field. In this special ‘Reflections on Communication and Sport” issue, we have asked them to offer their unique ‘perspectives’ about an area they have worked extensively in over the years and to suggest ideas about where we need to go in the future. In a way, this group of scholars comprises members of communication and sport’s ‘Hall of Fame.’” (p. 5).

Congratulations to Dr. Larry Fielding! His article, "The Foreign Invasion of the American Sporting Goods Market," has been recognized in the Top 20 of 20 for the Sport Marketing Quarterly's 20th Anniversary!

Quest Academic Journal also honored Larry Fielding as one of the "four foundational figures in sport management" in a recent academic publication (Quest).

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Performance
Emphasis in Sport Management
3.0 GPA required for graduation

Photo of 2013-14 Sport Management Doctoral Officers. From left to right: Ryan Vooris (Vice President for Research), Hansol Hwang (Vice President for Marketing), Juha Yoon (Vice President for Communications), Ju Young Lee (Vice President for Activities), and Dae Yeon Kim (President
2013-14 Sport Management Doctoral Officers. From left to right: Ryan Vooris (Vice President for Research), Hansol Hwang (Vice President for Marketing), Juha Yoon (Vice President for Communications), Ju Young Lee (Vice President for Activities), and Dae Yeon Kim (President) 


Admission procedures for all graduate programs in the School of Public Health-Bloomington include the following:

  1. Applications are accepted and reviewed at all times. Accepted students may commence their doctoral studies in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. The online application for graduate program admission is submitted electronically. Applicants who are unable to submit the online application should submit the paper-based application to:
    The School of Public Health-Bloomington Records Office
    1025 E. Seventh Street, Room 115
    Indiana University
    Bloomington, IN 47405-7109
  2. The applicant must submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework. Although a student may not have completed coursework at the time of application, conditional admission may be made on the strength of the student's work up to the time of application. An official, final transcript from an accredited institution attesting to the awarded degree must be submitted before the student can be formally admitted.
  3. The applicant should request three people to complete Application Recommendation Forms on his or her behalf. Writers of references should have sufficient knowledge of the applicant's abilities to make informed judgments about the applicant's ability to succeed in a graduate degree program. Online recommendation forms are included in the online application. If you prefer, you may download and print paper copies and distribute them to your recommenders, who should complete them and send them to the School of Public Health-Bloomington Records Office.
  4. The applicant is requested to submit a small photograph with the application materials (optional).
  5. Graduate Record Examination scores must be submitted.
  6. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test is normally required for admission to all graduate degree programs. In those exceptional instances in which TOEFL scores are not available, other evidence concerning English proficiency may be considered. All entering international students whose native language is not English will be required to take the Indiana University English language examination prior to registration for course work. Appropriate remedial English courses may be prescribed on the basis of test results.
  7. Online applicants will pay a nonrefundable application fee by credit card when submitting the electronic application. Those submitting the paper application must pay the same fee by check or money order, using the graduate application fee return envelope provided.
Further Admission Requirements Prerequisites

Although most applicants for the doctorate generally have backgrounds in the area of specialty, the possession of degrees in these fields is not a prerequisite to admission. However, qualified applicants who have deficiencies in academic or professional background may be required to take specific courses or acquire specific experience as prerequisites to degree course work. Credit hours earned in courses prescribed for this purpose ordinarily cannot be included in the 90 credit hours required for the degree.

Admission to Doctoral Study in the Department of Kinesiology

Acceptance into the sport management Ph.D. program is based on a variety of requirements, including the availability of an advisor (chair/mentor). Contacting a potential advisor his highly recommended before submitting an application. In addition to securing an advisor, successful applicants for the sport management doctoral program in the Department of Kinesiology are expected to have high Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, and a graduate GPA of at least 3.5. Furthermore, for international students whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score is required of at least 550 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test (CBT), which equates to 80 on the internet-based test (IBT).

Availability of Advisor

Admission to the doctoral program is dependent on the availability of a faculty advisor in the area of study. The possible advisors are Drs. Fielding, Sailes, Lim, Clavio, Walsh, Williams, and Pedersen.


Sport Management faculty
Sport Marketing & Management Faculty (from left to right): Dr. Paul M. Pedersen, Dr. Larry Fielding, Dr. Galen Clavio, Dr. Gary Sailes, Dr. Choonghoon Lim, Dr. Patrick Walsh, and Dr. Antonio Williams.

The Sport Management Doctoral Program has seven faculty members:

Additional Information

Dr. Paul PedersenIndividuals with further questions are encouraged to contact Dr. Paul M. Pedersen, Director of the Sport Management Doctoral Program. Dr. Pedersen can be reached at

Keep up with what's going on in the Sport Management and Communication program by checking out the program blog.