Executive MBA in Sports Management

It is a demanding but exhilarating part-time program that will equip participants with the management and leadership skills to boost their careers in the fast-growing global sports and recreation industry.
At the end of the 24-month program you will earn the prestigious title of MBA – an internationally accredited qualification awarded by Maastricht School of Management.


Hans van Breukelen, ambassador of the program stresses the need for good leadership in the growing sport industry: “Nelson Mandela once said `Sport has to power to change the world’. I strongly believe in this myself. But this starts with good leadership, because good leaders can make a difference. I am convinced that this Executive MBA in Sports Management will contribute to this.”

Why should you choose the Executive MBA in Sports Management?
The Executive MBA in Sports Management is an innovative and dynamic program designed for top-class sports players and professionals with the ambition to grow into senior management and leadership positions in sports management. There are a number of very good reasons why our program, unique in the Netherlands, stands out:

Internationally accredited and recognized
All MSM’s MBA programs are internationally accredited, which means you can be assured that the program meets high global standards. MSM MBA programs are accredited by AMBA, IACBE, and ACSBP. Additionally the Executive MBA in Sports Management is accredited by NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization) hence fully recognized by the Dutch Government.
Only a select few business schools enjoy these. For instance, only 2% of business schools have the coveted AMBA accreditation.

Highly ranked and awarded
MSM’s MBA is ranked #2 in the Netherlands according Eduniversal’s 2014 Best Masters ranking and draws on MSM’s 60-year experience in management and business education. It was one of the three nominees for the Nuffic Orange Carpet Award in 2014, in recognition for its contribution to the internationalization of higher education in the Netherlands. MSM was a finalist for the 2014 Association of MBA’s innovation award.

Flexible and modular design
The design of the part-time Executive MBA program enables you to balance the pressures of work with study. To be completed in 24 months, the program includes conveniently paced lectures and classes conducted through a number of spread-out modules, minimizing the time that you need to spend away from work.

A diverse and globally networked school
MSM is one of the most international business schools in the Netherlands with a large network of students, alumni and partners across the globe. Its various management programs and activities attract participants from many countries, professional backgrounds and areas of interest, offering you the opportunity to significantly expand your international network. As part of our teaching methodology group study emphasizes working efficiently and effectively in multicultural groups – an invaluable skill for all leaders and managers. Group study enables you to benefit from the experiences of others – group members are selected at random to maximize learning opportunities in an environment designed to foster collaboration with fellow participants from different cultures and work environments. The Executive MBA provides excellent opportunities to enhance intercultural communication skills.

Unique focus on the key elements of managing sports businesses
During the Specialization Phase of the program participants are thoroughly immersed in understanding the key elements of managing sports businesses. Four in-depth courses prepare participants in the following areas:

i.     Sports marketing and sponsorship
ii.    Event and sport facilities management
iii.   High performance management in sports
iv.   Legal issues, liabilities and ethics in sports

An ideal location in the heart of Europe
The program will take place in the historical and beautiful city of Maastricht, a 2000-year old city where the Treaty of Maastricht that established the EU, was signed in 1992.  This Univer-City is the intellectual center of the southern Netherlands. Strategically located in the dynamically growing EURegion, Maastricht is within 2-3 hours travel from important European cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Paris, and Cologne. Part of the program will also be offered in Eindhoven, a dynamic high-tech hub and location of the Orange Sports Forum and in Sittard, a hub of top-level sporting facilities only a few minutes travel from Maastricht and the location of the Topsport Limburg’s training hub.

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