What is an Advanced MBA in Sports Management?The MBA Sports Management (Advanced) is a two-year program suited for international students. It is designed to develop cognitive, technical and creative skills in sports management, for more effective decision-making in a global sporting context. An MBA in Sports Management delivers theory and practice behind leading people and teams, marketing, finance and strategy as well as arena operations management.
- Identify and analyse important socio-cultural influences in sport.
- Apply current theories across business disciplines and sports management.
- Establish masterful marketing techniques to build strong communities.
- Use software to effectively analyse data and apply advanced business principles.
Real Madrid Graduate School received a top ten SportBusiness postgraduate ranking in 2020.
Top-ranked Sports Management MBA
In 2020, Real Madrid Graduate School received a top ten ranking in the Sport Business Postgraduate Rankings for its Master of Business Administration (Sports Management).
This course is accredited by Torrens University Australia ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E and co-delivered in partnership with Universidad Europea de Madrid.
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Graduate with the skills and knowledge to critically analyse core sporting business functions, implement strategic processes, manage risk and lead complex teams. MBA graduates are often employed in senior roles in industry or in starting their own successful businesses.
Potential career paths
Average salary: $60,000 - $136,675
Sport Event Manager
Average salary: $40,000 - $90,000
Sporting Facility Manager
Average salary: $64,000 - $190,000
Subjects and units
This course comprises of 16 subjects, which includes 13 core subjects and 3 elective subjects. It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on-campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning.
Business Environment | MGT501
This subject introduces the student to the foundations of business. The focus of this subject is on providing fundamental concepts and context for students to enrich their mastery in subsequent studies while developing as a reflective practitioner. Students will examine the functional operations of business and the environments in which it operates. This may include analysing the economic, social, political, legal, technological and ethical influences on contemporary businesses. Students will also examine the viewpoints of internal and external stakeholders.
Business Communications | MGT502This subject introduces students to the concepts of business communications and transferrable academic skills. This subject presents an analysis of the types of communication processes, which occur in the internal and external business environment, including an examination of the theoretical underpinnings of communication in business. Emphasis is placed on writing skills, reports and presentations and on using technology to communicate. The subject introduces students to research skills, information literacy, critical analysis, writing and language techniques. The aims of this subject are to provide knowledge and skills needed for success in Higher Education, to help students manage their own success and to assist them in reaching their academic potential.
Management, People and Teams | MGT600Understanding organisational behaviour, politics, dynamics and environments and how they impact on the role and legitimacy of the management function is the core of this subject. This subject helps individuals understand the constraints they face as managers and emerging leaders and how they can develop strategies to leverage advantages and overcome constraints and barriers in their organisations. The subject also focusses on developing some of the advanced communication skills necessary in management and leadership roles, and the ability of the individual to influence others. The subject introduces students to the concept of naturally occurring data and qualitative analysis. This subject also focuses on the development of knowledge and skills to enable students to identify, analyse and make effective decisions to resolve people-related issues in organisations, facilitate employee development, and develop and sustain effective teams in complex, diverse, and increasingly global operating environments.
Financial Management | FIN600This subject is focused on how to use accounting and financial information for decision-making purposes. It is designed for the leader/manager who will be using, rather than producing accounting and financial information. This subject also addresses the various types of financial decisions that leaders must make, and the strategies necessary to anticipate the alternatives, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each and recognise the tradeoffs inherent in each alternative. The objective of this subject is for students to learn how to apply accounting and finance theory and principles to the analysis of important business problems, further developing their skills at using numerical analysis and research to support a line of argument.
Strategic Marketing | MKTG6003_SM
In this module you will be introduced to the concept of marketing, understood as a fundamental aspect of any company strategy. We will also discuss Strategic and Operational Marketing within the field of sports. Throughout the module we will review various theoretical concepts and find practical applications within the sports industry. This material will also include a wealth of real examples which will allow you to understand and enjoy sports marketing.
The Marketing module provides students with a basic understanding of the relationship and impact of marketing on the company's overall strategy. We will review concepts such as segmentation and positioning, both essential to defining the company's business.
Special emphasis will be placed on market research as a process necessary for decision making on an ongoing basis: from the time of defining the business model upon completion of market and competitor analysis, through the time of developing concrete marketing strategies upon subsequent analysis of results and the development and adaptation of new tactics. The classic operational marketing tools will also be reviewed and adapted to the sports industry, placing special emphasis during the specialization on the sections on communication, branding, new media and sports sponsorship.
Dynamic Leadership | MGT601
Leadership in modern organisations is a way of thinking and behaving. It is not necessarily a position in a hierarchy. Leadership is a process of energising, influencing and motivating others: up, down, sideways and diagonally. Becoming an effective leader requires self-awareness, self-management and a strong set of interpersonal communication skills, a set of capabilities that are often described as Emotional Intelligence (EQ). In addition, effective leaders think and act strategically, they build a climate for creativity and innovation, and are culturally sensitive and comfortable with ambiguity.
This subject focuses on developing your leadership capability and not leadership as a theoretical concept that applies to other people. It helps you explore your own leadership development and self-image, using the techniques of reflective research and supported by a mentoring partner. It guides you through the preparation of plan for your continued leadership and professional development that is consistent with your personal values, anchored by the academic literature and enables you to be authentic, confident and resilient in leading productive work places for the future.Dynamic Leadership provides learning at the cognitive or intellectual level and at the affective or emotional level. It develops explicit knowledge of leadership (know-what) and the often-neglected tacit knowledge (know-how).
Sports Marketing | SPM610
In an ever globalised world, where the greatest sport events are now followed by millions of people around the world, managing and distributing broadcasting rights is a highly professional business where sport agencies are becoming increasingly required for the added value they are able to generate to the product conceived by federations and event organisers, optimising audience, exposure and revenue, using segmenting distribution and brand positioning in collaboration with television broadcasters, marketing agencies, federations and event organisers.
Every day companies are more aware of the importance of communication in business strategy to meet the world’s demands. Pitching the right message at the right time is paramount in branding and therefore in the company’s value. Regarding the internal performance or employee performance, the adequate flow of information proves the functioning and creates a greater emotional bond between the staff and the company. Sports companies, or companies related to the sports industry, must be particularly aware of communication, understanding it as part of their strategy plan and using the values in sports as the base of their projects.
Finally, the communication department, as well as all the other departments, should have a contingency plan prepared to respond effectively in the event of a crisis situation. Avoiding improvisations that may negatively affect the brand’s value built over time. It is difficult to create a brand image, but it can literally take only a few minutes to destroy it.
Business Decision Analytics | MGT602Today's decisions have to be made quickly, individually and in groups, with what often appears to be ambiguous or too much data. How does one select, observe and distil the most pertinent data sets to make decisions that will positively impact tomorrow's firms and communities? This subject engages students in the nuances of data collection, how to filter data and how to use it most effectively in decision-making. The subject develops the student's qualitative and quantitative research skills, and digital literacy.
Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Social Responsibility in Sport | MGMT6021_SMThe subject on Specialization in sports for development and entrepreneurship is one of the core parts of the MBA in Sports Management and it seeks to bring a new vision on the ways that we can undertake our projects, with a clear entrepreneurial focus and always following our criteria on social responsibility and sustainability.
Strategic Management | MGT604This subject explores sustainable approaches to managing the symbiotic relationship between organisations and their environments. Organisations are increasingly facing disruption and the basis for delivering products and services is rapidly changing. Sustaining performance requires careful management of business processes, fostering corporate competencies, and aligning the firm to its internal and external environment. The student will learn and then practice strategising through a number of theories and practical settings.
Management and Operation of a Sports Venue | MGMT6020_SMThe Operations Learning Unit is important as it is one of the subjects that is currently being most development. The subject of Operations concerns everything from how to organize a championship team in an area that is not trained for it to how to sell events at a stadium. Operations students will be able to develop qualities such as teamwork, initiative, communication skills and awareness of ethical issues. Communication skills will be a part of the course when doing the necessary work, and teamwork will help students get to know each other better and to create a good network of professional contacts. The awareness of ethical values is relevant to this module, as it is very important to approach environmental issues and regulations during any construction with an ethical conscience, as this consciousness is necessary today in any development.
Residence: Sport Facility Operations | RSO609This subject is an immersive and experiential study of sporting facilities. In this subject, you will be required to explore and reflect on the impact of sport facilities and their program of events on the city, and provide a critical analysis to stakeholders as a guide for future stadium development and event programming. This is to maximise the economic, cultural, tourism and social impact to the city. This subject is co-delivered by practicing industry professionals who will share their contemporary knowledge of facility design, marketing and management. Building on previous studies, students will be expected to think broadly about the impact of the facilities from a range of business and community perspectives.
Field Project | FPR611
This subject enables students to demonstrate their ability to think strategically and apply the concepts and tools learned in the course to a sports organisation of their choice. Students will apply investigative and specialised sports knowledge to the professional context of a sporting agency. The subject requires application of concepts, theories and knowledge to the development of management practice in the context of the sports industry.
Students will work under the auspices of an academic supervisor as they prepare a project that has real-world consequences, one that will make an impact on the field of sports management in their chosen community, or sphere of influence. The project is to be practical- or research based and to make a contribution to theory or practice.
Systems Thinking | MGT603This subject builds on systems theory and introduces students to a holistic view of the organisation and the broader ecosystem it operates in. It also introduces students to the basic principles of operations management in the context of Systems Thinking. Students will be exposed to Systems Thinking tools to diagnose and propose innovative solutions to contemporary business issues.
Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship | MGT607This subject seeks to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to succeed as an ethical entrepreneur or entrepreneur. These knowledge and skills are then applied to identify and evaluate innovative high-growth product and service opportunities in the context of a start-up, a corporation, a not for profit or a government institution. The subject allows students to practice skills, including creativity, cash-flow modelling, business model analysis and lean experimentation. Students prepare a business plan for a new venture, or an improvement to an existing enterprise, enabling them to integrate their theoretical and practical knowledge.
Principles of Project Management | PROJ6000This course provides students with a grounding in the principles of project management, its methods and contemporary standards associated with managing diverse projects. Students in this course are introduced to the knowledge, tools, and techniques needed to manage projects (including IT projects) successfully throughout a project life cycle, and to the language used by practitioners in conjunction with the terminology recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Students explore the project management knowledge areas and process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) guide. Students also examine the ways these two dimensions of project management interact in initiating (scoping), planning, executing (launching), monitoring and controlling, and closing a project. The subject provides students with opportunities to also examine the challenges of project management and the professional traits that project managers are associated with.
Integrated Project Management | PROJ6001 / PROJ6017In this subject, students learn the integrative nature of project management and develop skills to coordinate the various project management processes and activities. Students formulate appropriate project life cycle and apply the PMBOK (PMI, 2017) project management process groups to their selected case study. They update the project management plan and other artefacts impacted by the change management process. Students evaluate enterprise environmental factors influencing project outcomes and develop effective management strategies. They apply a range of tools to realise and cultivate benefits for the project and organisation, and establish communication strategies to engage relevant stakeholders.
Project Execution and Control | PROJ6003In this subject, students will examine how to monitor and control project execution (including IT projects), by implementing a project plan and managing progress by applying performance reporting, analysis, and measurement techniques to ensure that activities are executed as planned. This will include responding to risk events and issues; managing scope changes; communicating with team members and stakeholders; acceptance of deliverables, and administrative and financial closure.
Contracts and Procurement | PROJ6004Procurement and contracts are integral to successful project management. In this course, students learn about planning for purchases and acquisitions, requests for proposal, vendor selection, contract administration, and contract closure. Students learn how to approach key issues with regard to short and long‐term contracts, and small and large contracts. Topics covered include the examination of procurement strategies, responsiveness, and supplier‐client relationships. Students will also examine tendering, bidding and order management processes, relevant legal and commercial implications, as well as managing the relationship between buyer and seller, assessing vendor performance, contract change control, and conflict resolution.
Project, Portfolio and Program Management | PROJ6018
This subject consolidates your knowledge of project and program management concepts and introduces Project Portfolio Management. Specific topics include portfolio management lifecycles and frameworks, capability and capacity, project management maturity and change management. You will discuss the influence of the PMO in the successful delivery of projects and programs within the Project Portfolio.
You will also learn to select projects for inclusion in the portfolio and assess and evaluate the performance of the portfolio of projects and programs. Lastly there will be a focus on how to apply a range of tools and techniques when managing project portfolios, specifically considering strategic management, and benefits to the organisation.
Organisational Behaviour and People Management | PROJ6006One role of the project manager is to lead teams in complex and diverse organisational settings while concurrently communicating with all stakeholders. In this course, students examine how to support and motivate team members to perform to the best of their ability, producing quality results within the required time and cost limits, and how individual and group behaviour impacts organisational effectiveness. Students learn ways to design projects to support organisational goals and how to build and engage organisational capital (intellectual, human, physical, financial, and structural). They also assess communications management as a tool to manage internal and external relationships with stakeholders, partners, vendors, and customers.
Foundations of Information Systems | MIS500This subject introduces students to the key concepts and technologies of information systems that drive change and support organisations to achieve strategic goals. This includes data and information management, application of business information systems, disruptive technologies and issues such as ethics, privacy and cyber security. This subject will prepare students to better understand the technologies that are disrupting and transforming society both now and into the future.
Data Modelling and Database Design | MIS602Students will learn the importance of data to an organisation and the problems inherent in creating, storing, and managing that data. This subject will explore relational database design and modelling and students will learn how to handle data anomalies and the process of data integration. During this unit you will explore an organisation’s need for a data warehouse, learn about data visualisation and evaluate dashboard designs to view data. Students will examine the need for distributed data in today’s business environment.
Microservices Architecture | MIS603This subject introduces students to microservices architecture within the context of cloud computing models. The emergence of these techniques of building applications is directly related to innovations in the areas of cloud computing and platforms. In this subject, the focus will be on the evolution from more traditional approaches to microservices architecture. Core concepts related to the principles and practices of microservices will be reviewed.
Requirements Engineering | MIS604Requirements management is a method of defining, using, modelling, documenting, maintaining, and measuring requirements throughout the software process. This helps developers explore requirements management and how it supports systems engineering and software engineering life cycles. Develop techniques for eliciting requirements and identifying good requirements. Represent requirements graphically by utilising powerful unified modelling language (UML) diagramming techniques. Develop skills to effectively manage requirements changes and techniques for measuring requirement quality through quantitative metrics.
Systems Analysis and Design | MIS605This subject introduces students to activities, techniques, and methodologies a systems analyst uses to design information systems that, when built, enhance the organisation’s ability to meet its business goals via available technology. These include define requirements for system, model high-level behaviours of system, and design blueprint, that is, planning and implementation and will move through object-oriented approaches to analysis and design, the transformation of user requirements to system design. User empathy is promoted in this subject, using the unified modelling language (UML).
Cybersecurity | MIS607Information is a vital organisational asset. Information systems store, process and exchange information, and most economic sectors are dependent on electronic and automated systems. Interconnectivity is important for many organisations, but this also increases the exposure to adverse events, necessitating the need for thorough information security management. This subject builds upon fundamental information security concepts, including the management of information systems that affect organisational information security: identity management, authentication, access control, monitoring, risk management, incident response and disaster recovery. Since cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, having the basic knowledge to prevent attacks, mitigate risk, and get up to speed with best practice cyber governance is an essential ingredient to succeed in today’s digital world.
Agile Project Management | MIS608Progressing from traditional project management frameworks this subject focuses on Agile project management, Agile project management methodology, the principles of Agile, and Agile techniques. This subject will be based on a foundation of the 4 core values and 12 guiding principles of Agile as laid out by the agile manifesto. Students will develop an understanding of Agile concepts, tools and techniques: Scrum and Kanban, Roadmap planning, Program increments, Sprints and daily scrums and the Agile roles within teams. Some of the leading Agile frameworks will be discussed so that students have an understanding of some of the different philosophies, which support the Agile continuous delivery pipeline. Points of origin in Lean practice and the relationship between Agile and DevOps will also be covered to help students orient themselves in the broader emerging landscape of projects and software development landscape.
Accounting Information Systems | ACCT6001This subject covers the nature, role and benefits of information systems in business and how it can assist in management decision-making. Focus is given in the Accounting Information Systems. The business processes, internal controls, and auditing of accounting information systems, ethics and cybercrime are also explored.
Statistics for Financial Decisions | STAT6003
This subject covers the role of statistical analysis in decision making for accounting and finance professionals. It is divided into descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will learn about statistical techniques for the quantitative evaluation of data in decision making for accounting, finance and business applications. Students will develop analytical and statistical skills through Excel data analysis to manipulate data into meaningful information for the purpose of decision making. Students will also learn to interpret statistical results and communicate their statistical analysis in business reports.
Topics covered include: Qualitative techniques for data collection and investigation, Descriptive statistics including graphical and numerical presentation of data, Inferential statistics including probability theory, probability distributions, sampling distributions and parameter estimation; hypotheses testing; simple and multiple linear regression and correlation; time-series analysis and forecasting for cross section and longitudinal data; index numbers.
Economic Principles and Decision Making | ECON6000The 21st century business professional operates in an increasingly complex, competitive, turbulent and international environment and, as such, professionals must leverage sound economic reasoning to evaluate and resolve business problems in real time. This subject integrates concepts of managerial economics into a more research and analysis based structure, where students make managerial decisions based on their findings. Students also learn to identify and understand the limits of decision-making in general, and to understand the role that risk and uncertainty play in affecting decision outcomes. This unit introduces students briefly to quantitative data analysis to enhance their skills in both qualitative and quantitative reasoning.
Management Perspectives | MGMT6012
Understanding organisational behaviour, politics, dynamics and environments and how they impact on the role and legitimacy of the management function is the core of this unit. This unit helps individuals understand the constraints they face as managers and emerging leaders and how they can develop strategies to leverage advantages and overcome constraints and barriers in their organisations. The unit also focuses on developing some of the advanced communication skills necessary in management and leadership roles, and the ability of the individual to influence others. The course introduces students to the concept of naturally occurring data and qualitative analysis.
We recommend you complete this subject towards the beginning of your MBA. The unit challenges you to think differently about your organisational experiences, to look at them through a variety of lenses, and to explore different ways by which you can influence people within the organisation and have an impact through your function as a manager. A key skill underpinning this is the ability to receive and respond to feedback, to look at data in a number of different ways to find alternative meanings and create different patterns of behaviour. The book ‘Images of Organisation’ explores the notion of the organisation through a range of metaphors; by exploring these metaphors you can gain different insights into your organisation and start to play with different interpretations and understandings of how we experience the world.
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International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.
International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.
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Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.
Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.
ScholarshipsIf you are truly passionate about business, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of business scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the business industry:
Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.
At least seven (7) years of professional administrative or managerial work experience
Successful completion of Graduate Certificate of Sport Management
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.
Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
ScholarshipsWe want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.
Before you begin your application to study as an international student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
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Can I get course credit for previous experience?
Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs).
If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Future Student Advisors.
What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.
Please speak to our Future Student Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.
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How do I apply for a scholarship?
Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.
When you speak to our Future Student Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.
For more details, explore our range of scholarships.
What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate. Exceptions may apply to some courses.
What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:
- Undertake study with an approved provider.
- Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
- An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
- A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
- Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
- Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
- Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.
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