Master of Sports Law and Business, MSLB

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The Master of Sports Law and Business (MSLB) program blends sports, law, and business from a nationally ranked law school with a world-class faculty. From the NBA, NFL, NCAA, MLB to the PGA, if you are looking for a career in sports the MSLB program will prepare you for employment with any sports organization. With a combined 150+ years of sports industry experience, the MSLB program has an impressive roster of faculty and who are at the peak of their careers.

36

Total credit hours

15

unique classroom experiences

150

Plus years of sports industry
experience from esteemed faculty

The Allan “Bud” Selig Master of Sports Law and Business program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is centrally located in vibrant downtown Phoenix. This unique program blends sports, law, and business from a nationally ranked law school with world-class faculty, including MLB Commissioner Emeritus Allan “Bud” Selig. Phoenix is a destination for sports professionals, boasting opportunities for working, learning, and volunteering in every major industry in American sports.

You do not need to become a lawyer or have a legal background to pursue a Master of Sports Law & Business degree. Graduates are equipped to understand the sports market and the regulatory forces at play in the U.S. and globally. This one-year, 36-credit hour degree is for people who want to master legal principles that impact sports organizations. Fall and spring starts and full or part-time options are available. Spring enrollments are reserved for a limited number of candidates who demonstrate exceptional work experience in sports, and who have exceptional circumstances that would require a spring start.

With a combined 150+ years of sports industry experience, the Allan “Bud” Selig Master of Sports Law and Business program has an impressive roster of faculty and faculty associates who are at the peak of their careers.

Degree requirements

MSLB applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States or attained a comparable degree from a foreign institution.

MSLB students must complete a total of 36 credit hours to graduate.

Students can complete the program in 1 year (three semesters) if full time, and in 2+ years if part time.

Graduate school entrance exams (e.g. LSAT, GRE, GMAT) are not required.

Sample coursework

  • Sports Career Planning & Business Communication
  • Amateur Sports Law
  • NCAA Infractions, Compliance & Enforcement
  • Personal & Business Branding in Sports
  • Professional Sports Law
  • Pro Team Sports: Legal Issues in Business Operations
  • Risk Management in Venues
  • Sports Analytics
  • Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Sports
  • Sports Business Strategies: Executive Decision Making
  • Sports Marketing
  • Special Topics taught by Bud Selig
  • US Law and Legal Analysis in Sports
  • Sports Law Internships, Externship & Applied Projects
  • Sports Big Events: Legal, Business, and Operations Issues

Student opportunities

  • Invitations to world-class guest speakers
  • Exclusive access to events, including:
    • Conferences
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Skills workshops
    • Sporting events
  • Internships for hands-on learning experiences
  • Skills to jumpstart a career in the sports industry
  • Guided papers, research, and special projects as available
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