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Master of Science in Sport Management

By: Straumsheim Jens Petter | Published: 07.02.2013 15:18:40

​Where your passion and career come together

The Molde MSc in Sport Management is designed to prepare students to work in management positions in the sport and sport-related industry. It intends to convey a solid understanding and knowledge about sport management as it is practiced globally. Students are introduced to legal, ethical, economical, organizational, historical, political, and psychological topics necessary to meet the demands of this growing industry. 

Study duration:  2 years, full-time

ECTS Credits: 120​

Study Start: August 2018

Degree: MSc​

Language of instruction:English

Place of Study: Molde ​

Tuition fee: None

​Scholarships: None 

Application deadline: Se details below
The first year is designed to introduce the students to the analytical concepts and functional areas of sport management. It addresses broad issues of sport managers’ interaction with the economic, political, and social environment, shaping and constraining decision-making.

In second year, students will have the possibility to choose one of two concentrations “Managing Football” or “Marketing, Media and Sponsorship”, to gain valuable work experience through a 15 ECTS worth internship in one of our partner organizations, and to write a Master’s thesis.
In the “Managing Football” concentration, students will develop a deeper understanding of the developments and challenges in managing football. Moreover, through collaboration with the National Football Association and its associated partners, students will engage with up-to-date problems in the football business.

In the “Marketing, Media and Sponsorship” concentration, students will meet the specific needs of the sports industry. It explores the unique features of marketing in sports, sports-related events, facilities, products and services. The focus is on the marketing of sports as a product and on the marketing of non-sport products and services, using sports as a promotional tool.


Benefits from the Molde MSc in Sport Management

The increasing professionalization and complexity of the sport industry, growing media interest, increased globalization, and the influence of new technologies have created numerous employment opportunities related to sports. With its two study options, the Molde MSc in Sport Management is an outstanding preparation for professional positions in the sport industry and other industries where sport is used for marketing purposes.

We offer a unique, fully-fledged MSc programme, taught in English, that prepares students for global as well as local responsibilities. The programme is accredited by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).

Students might also take courses at one of our recommended European partner universities as an ERASMUS+ exchange student during the third term. This is possible due to mutual recognition of transfer credits between partner institutions.

Students will meet an internationally renowned faculty, with a cohesive perspective on teaching and research in the field of sport management. The faculty is well integrated into the sports scene and collaborates with sports organizations and institutions – nationally and internationally.

Double Degree in Sport Management and Sport Science

With the collaboration of Molde University College (HiMolde) and Reykjavik University (RU), Icelandic and Norwegian students have the opportunity to combine 60 ECTS from Reykjavik University with 60 ECTS from Molde University College and complete a Master of Science double degree. Students from Iceland and Norway, admitted to the double degree, are awarded a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from HiMolde and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and Coaching from RU. The double degree programme is intended for those who wish to specialise in managing of sports and in the training of athletes in competitive and high-performance sports, as well as in research in the field of sport science and management.  

Application deadlines:

  • 1 February 2018: Application deadline for international applicants with international education applying directly from abroad and applicants who have a temporary residence permit in Norway. 
  • 15 April 2018: Applicants with Norwegian education, who are either Norwegian citizens or who have a permanent residence permit in Norway.
  • 15 April 2018: Applicants from Iceland/Reykjavik University, who want to apply for the double degree in Sport Management and Sport Science.


 Contact us

​Administrative Contact Person International applicants:
Ragnhild Brakstad, Senior Adviser/International Coordinator MSc/PhD ragnhild.brakstad@himolde.no
Phone: +47 71 21 41 08
Academic Contact Person: 
Assistant Professor Geir Oterhals,
Programme Manager MSc in Sport Management geir.oterhals@himolde.no 
Phone: + 47 71 21 42 79

"My main goal is to work in the sport environment in the future. I found that Molde has an interesting programme, and I had heard good things about it from previous students.

HiMolde provides a really personal, constructive and creative atmosphere. You feel welcome from the first minute.  My plan is to use my knowledge in the field of sports and exercise, to improve Icelandic handball."
Arnor Asgeirsson
Graduate, MSc in Sport Management
Reykjavik, Iceland
Last updated: 13.12.2017 10:02:13
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