Texas Tech University

J.D./Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.)

The School of Law, in association with the Graduate School, offers a program that enables a student to earn both the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.) degrees in three to four years of academic work. This degree program may be particularly beneficial to students in becoming athletic directors or senior administrators of collegiate or professional sport programs as well as those who wish to represent athletes as sport agents.

Both degrees will be awarded upon completion of 102 hours (78 hours of law courses and a total of 24 hours of sport management hours). This is made possible by allowing 12 hours of approved law courses to transfer as elective credit toward the M.S. degree and vice versa. These transfers are of credit hours, not grades. Therefore, graduate course work will not be computed in a student's Law School GPA and class ranking.

Interested students must apply for the program no later than their third semester in Law School. The first year of study consists entirely of law courses. During the second and third years, the remaining required law courses are to be completed together with selected law electives and an appropriate number of graduate sport management courses. Students who have earned more than 12 credit hours (excluding leveling course work) before matriculation to the Law School are ineligible for the J.D. dual-degree program.

Students must meet the admission requirements for both the Law School and Graduate School. The Graduate School will accept the LSAT in lieu of the GRE or GMAT exam. The degree is designed so that students complete the first year of law school before taking a mix of Sport Management and law school courses. In no case will a student be permitted to enter the dual-degree program if the student has not been accepted to the M.S. part of the program by the end of the student's fourth semester in law school.


J.D./Master of Science in Sport Management Curriculum (Prior to Fall 2024)

J.D./Master of Science in Sport Management Curriculum (Effective Fall 2024)


J.D./M.S. Program Contacts

Law Faculty Advisor:
Robert T. Sherwin, J.D.
Champions in Advocacy Endowed Professor of Law
Texas Tech University School of Law
Lubbock, TX 79409
Phone: (806) 834-7288

M.S. Faculty Advisor:
Jimmy Sanderson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator for Sport Management
Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management
Box 43011
Lubbock, TX 79409
Phone: (806) 834-0585