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  • Qualification: University Master's Degree in Sports Management from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Duration: 10 months. 60 ECTS
  • Start: September 2024
  • End: June 2025
  • Schedule:

    From Monday to Thursday - 3.20 PM. to 8 PM. (also some Fridays)

  • Place:

    In the facilities of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) / Fundació Univesitat Auntòma de Barcelona (FUAB) and/or Johan Cruyff Institute

  • Modality: On campus. Also available online in English and Spanish
  • Language: Spanish
  • Price: € 1,000.- Enrollment fee + € 9,980.- Tuition fee+ € 30,21.- Application fee (The Application fee is non-refundable if not admitted or not enrolled. This fee is independent from the price of the Master credit.). Fees for the academic year 2024-25.
  • Payment methods: Payment by installments available
  • Enrollment: Registration open from January 2024 until the start of the program. Limited seats available.

The program may be subject to change.
The institution reserves the right to cancel the edition of the program if it does not meet the minimum number of students.

Introduction

Johan Cruyff Institute and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) collaborate to jointly deliver the University Master’s Degree in Sports Management linked to the Faculty of Economics and Business of the UAB. In the 2019 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the UAB is the second Spanish university, occupying position 145 in the world ranking. In Europe, the UAB ranks among the Top 100 (63th position).

The University Master’s Degree in Sports Management is a 10-month program that examines the most important aspects of management applied to sport. Classes from expert faculty members, who are closely linked to the sports sector, are combined with master classes with exclusive speakers from the world of sport administration and management, outdoor visits (field trips) and study trips that will enrich the experience you’ll have with your classmates and, broaden your network of contacts in the world of sport.

Objectives

The main objective of the University Master’s Degree in Sports Management is to guide you in your development as an integrated sport management professional and train you in the use of management tools to recognize business opportunities, establish strategies, anticipate changes, optimize resources and analyze information with sound judgement.

LEARNING OUTCOMESUpon the completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the strategic and global vision of the sports industry from a business perspective.
  • Create market opportunities in sports organizations.
  • Use innovative sports marketing practices and effectively execute branding and sponsorship strategies.
  • Lead professional teams and obtain the best results.
  • Interpret finances and create strategies to finance new projects and companies.
  • Optimize the management of sports facilities and events.

Aimed at

The University Master’s Degree in Sports Management is right for you, if:

  • You’re an (ex) athlete looking for education and a degree in sport management to give your professional career a boost.
  • You’re working in a business environment and want to specialize in the sports industry.
  • You wish to complete your education with a Master specializing in the administration and management of sports.
  • You’re a working professional who wishes to focus on a career in the sports industry.

People who have completed this Master are currently working in the areas of:

  • Sports Competition (professional sports teams and event organizers).
  • Governance (sports federations and associations).
  • Sports Facilities and Events (championship organizers, sports clubs).
  • Community Sports (foundations, government, municipalities).
  • Sports Consulting (private business initiatives).
  • Marketing and Sponsorship (private and public companies).

ACCESSTo access this master’s program applicants are required to hold an official Spanish university degree or other degree issued by a higher education institution of the European Higher Education Area, or other non-EU institution, that entitles access in the issuing country to attend a master’s program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSThe requirements for admission are:

  • An official university degree or its international equivalent. * Degree qualification and academic certificates issued by institutions in countries outside the EU must be official documents issued by the competent authorities and legalized via diplomatic channels or, where necessary, via the Hague Apostille.
  • A level of Spanish corresponding to the CEFR B2 level is required.
  • All candidates who cannot accredit an official university degree in Business Administration and Management, Economics, Marketing, Tourism or equivalents are required to take an entrance exam for the master’s degree.
  • Depending on the results obtained in the entrance exam, the student may be required to take extra courses in order to access the Master’s Degree.

* Depending on your degree you may be asked to take complementary courses as a prerequisite for admission (4 ECTS each one).
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Certified photocopy of the official university degree necessary for admission to Master, or photocopy of the degree along with the original.In the case the Hague Apostille will be necessary, it should clearly appear on the certified photocopy.
  • Certified photocopy of university transcript, or photocopy of transcript along with official transcript.
  • ID Photocopy.
  • 2 passport photos.
  • Registration form completed for the Official Masters Degree in Sport Management.

SELECTION CRITERIAIn the candidate selection procedure (max 5 points) the following evaluation criteria will be applied:

  • Suitability of the candidate’s profile to the objectives and contents of the program (up to 2.5 points). The assessment of the suitability of the candidate’s profile will be made based on the result obtained in the entrance test (if necessary) and a presentation letter of a maximum length of two pages in which the candidate will present their qualifications to the Master’s profile and professional objectives.
  • Academic record: it will be valued in accordance with the regulations for the assessment of academic records of the UAB (up to 1.5 points).
  • Professional experience: professional experience will be valued positively, especially if this experience has been obtained in the field of Sports Management. (up to 1 point) (up to 0.5 points)
  • The content of two letters of recommendation (0.5 points). A letter from a university professor and another letter from a professional field will be especially valued.

APPLICATION PROCESSPre-enrollment is done through the website of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), by clicking on this link PRE-ENROLLMENT or the button on the top right of this page. Once on the UAB site, you will be explained all the steps you must follow to complete your enrollment. The last step to complete your enrollment will be in person at the registrar’s office of the Johan Cruyff Institute. If you are unable to attend, we will ask you to send us all the necessary documentation to complete the enrollment process for you.

Program

The study plan of the University Master’s Degree in Sports Management consists of 10 compulsory study subjects.

SUBJECT01

9ECTS

ECONOMICS OF SPORT AND STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

  • Analysis of the demand and supply of sport events
  • Study of production theory in the sporting events market
  • Analysis of cost structure of sport clubs and the trend towards debt
  • Analysis of institutions and governance of sport, analysing the role of clubs, leagues and federations
  • Rationality and incentives in sport
  • Introduction to the legal framework of the sport industry
  • Definition of strategy
  • Strategic planning
  • Analysis of the sector
  • Management strategies
  • Resource-based company vision
  • Creating sustainable competitive advantage

SUBJECT02

6ECTS

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF SPORT ORGANIZATIONS

  • Profit and loss structure: economic ratios
  • Balance sheet structure: financial ratios
  • Financial-economic diagnosis
  • Financial and capital planning
  • Funding: ways to finance sport business; taxation
  •  Analysis and assessment of sport investment projects

SUBJECT03

6ECTS

INNOVATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND LEADERSHIP IN THE SPORTS SECTOR

  • Leadership styles
  • Attracting talent
  • Recruitment 2.0
  • Efficient team management
  • Growing the business: Generation of change
  • Human resources or Human capital?
  • Roles and competences
  • Retention and talent development
  • Training, education and trends
  • Assessment indicators and HR management
  • Innovative businesses
  • Management model and value creation
  • Entrepreneurship: the entrepreneurial process
  • Managing creativity
  • Design and innovation of business models for the sport industry and creation of sport businesses. Social entrepreneurship

SUBJECT04

6ECTS

SPORT MARKETING

  • Marketing vs sport marketing
  • Principles of marketing
  • Market research in sport
  • Consumer behavior
  • Sport marketing strategies and plans
  • International sport marketing
  • Planning and strategy in sport marketing
  • Brand development
  • Advertising and communication in sport
  • The future of sport

SUBJECT05

6ECTS

SPORT SPONSORSHIP

  • Principles and values of sponsorship
  • Stakeholder engagement framework
  • Key factors in sponsorship
  • Marketing and communications strategy for sponsorship
  • Types of sponsorship
  • Sponsorship objectives
  • Comparison of sponsorship within and beyond the sport industry

SUBJECT06

6ECTS

SPORTS FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

  • Strategic planning of facilities: elements that make up the sport market
  • Factors that affect the viability of a facility
  • The implementation of sport services
  • Tools to design and promote sport services
  • Pricing strategy
  • Organisation
  • Design of working processes and organisational structure
  • Management control systems
  • Scorecard design and control
  • Identification of the economic viability of a facility
  • Incomes and expenses of sport facilities

SUBJECT07

6ECTS

SPORTS EVENTS MANAGEMENT

  • Types of events
  • Organisational models
  • Candidacy
  • Stages of the event
  • Economic management
  • Event marketing
  • Staff & volunteers
  • Risk Management
  • Legacy

SUBJECT08

9ECTS

ELECTIVE SUBJECT

To choose between two electives:

  • Internship (9 ECTS)
  • Emerging Trends in the Sports Industry (9 ECTS)

SUBJECT09

6ECTS

DISSERTATION

  • Development of a business plan or research project

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

The program includes visits to sports entities and facilities, guided by staff members, in order to learn more about their management, such as La Masía (FC Barcelona), Estadi Johan Cruyff (FC Barcelona), Spotify Camp Nou (FC Barcelona), Centre d’Alt Rendiment (CAR), RCDE Stadium (RCD Espanyol), Estadi Municipal de Montilivi (Girona FC), Circuit de Catalunya, Johan Cruyff Arena (AFC Ajax), Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, among others.

DEGREE

  • University Master’s Degree* in Sports Management from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The price of the program does not include the administrative fee for the issuance of the Official Master’s diploma (€218.15 in 2022). As it is an official degree, this can take between 12 and 24 months. Once you have requested it, the UAB Academic Management Service will give you a provisional diploma certificate valid for all purposes until you receive the official diploma.

*Here you can read about the differences between Specific Master’s Degrees and University Master’s Degrees.

Learning model

The University Master’s Degree in Sports Management puts you at the center of your education. You will enjoy learning based on a learning-by-doing methodology. We encourage collaborative work and transfer the content to specific situations in sport management (connective teaching methodologies and social constructivism). Our expert faculty staff will guide you in the learning process, providing high quality training with the flexibility of online study.

The Johan Cruyff Institute uses a learning environment rich in educational tools to foster a model based on the interaction between the student, the group and the teacher.

BENEFITS

  • Learning 3.0: flexible schedules, different learning environments and technologies.
  • World-class faculty: interaction with expert faculty and industry professionals.
  • Collaborative tools, teamwork, communication and debate.
  • Sports-industry oriented: training that brings you closer to the business side of the sports industry.
  • Learning from experience: designed for professional improvement.

Faculty

The University Master’s Degree in Sports Management combines a core of university professors with teaching and research experience, and a set of experts professionally active in their areas and connected to companies and institutions in the sector.

Guest lecturers by recognized professionals in their field are also included, with the aim of bringing an added value to the Master and enriching the program.

TEACHING STAFF
Núria Masferrer Llabinés (Co-coordinator)PhD in Economic and Business Sciences from the University of Barcelona (2002). She is a tenured professor in the Department of Financial Accounting and Finance at the UPF School of Social Sciences and Business. Researcher of the GRAEFES research group, recognized by the AGAUR Regional Research Agency (SGR535) and is part of the chair of social economy of the Higher School of Social Sciences and of the Company, carrying out research functions and preparing publications. Academic coordinator of the Degree in Business Administration and Management. Co-coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Sports Management at the UAB-Johan Cruyff Institute. Her research focuses on the new dynamic business management capabilities that company managers must have to face unexpected changes in the environment. She has published various articles in international journals on these topics.

Subject: Financial Management for Sport Organisations.

Ricard Esparza Masana (Co-coordinador)PhD in Business Economics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2014). He has two master’s degrees in economics (with applications related to R+D+I). He is a professor of economic analysis at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the UAB and a researcher at the Center for Research in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation at the UAB. His field of research focuses on innovation policies and the evaluation of R+D+I public policies, as well as the role of innovation for the development of emerging economies. He has published various articles in indexed journals on the subject, as well as other materials. He has been the principal investigator of 9 European and international projects, collaborating in research and knowledge transfer actions with entities from more than 40 countries on 6 continents. He is part of various committees and initiatives of experts from different governments, including the Generalitat de Catalunya and the European Commission. Co-coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Sports Management at the UAB-Johan Cruyff Institute.

Subjects: Complementary courses in sports economics and strategic management (online English and Spanish) and Final Master’s Project (On campus, online English and Spanish).

Andreu Turró SolProfessor in the Business Department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and member of the Center for Study and Research in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (CREIS). Previously, he worked as a professor at the School of Economics at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). PhD in entrepreneurship and business management from the UAB (thesis recognized with an extraordinary prize). Graduate in Business Administration and Management and in Market Research and Techniques from the UAB and Master in Marketing Management from ESADE. His research focuses on the conditioning factors of corporate entrepreneurship from a quantitative perspective. He has published various articles in international journals on this subject. He currently participates in different national and international projects on this topic.

Subject: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership in the Sports Sector.

Carlos Cendrós CámaraPhD in Psychology from the Ramón Llull University (2012). With more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources, he has worked in different sectors such as Pharmaceutical, FMCG, Retail and Sports, highlighting during the last 15 years the Human Resources Department, Cadbury, GBfoods, Desigual or Futbol Club Barcelona.

Subjects: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership in the Sports Sector.

Judith PanadésDoctora en Economía, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Marc Bernadich MárquezDoctorate in Business Creation and Management by the Universitat Auntònoma de Barcelona (2015). Postgraduate in Teaching Innovation by UVIC-UCC (2016). Degree in Business Administration and Management from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Director of Business Studies at UManresa-Fundació Universitària del Bages Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Executive Councilor of Básquet Manresa, professional team of the ACB. Founder of Neofit and Atàvica Cosmetics. Experience of more than 10 years accompanying entrepreneurs.

Subjects: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership in the Sports Sector (On campus) and Sports Marketing (online in Spanish and English).

Núria Juan CalvetPhD in Educational Psychology (2022) from the University of Barcelona, ​​in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​the Ramon Llull University and the University of Girona. Interuniversity Master in Educational Psychology (2014) from the previous universities. Master in Humanistic Psychotherapy (2008) from the Erich Fromm Institute. Degree in Psychology (2006) from the Ramon Llull University. Experience tutoring Grau and Master’s internship courses at CETA Escola Universitària de Turisme – Center attached to the University of Girona. Associate Academic Manager at Johan Cruyff Institute.

Subject: Internships.

Verónica Riera BatallaPhD in Sport Management, Sport Management (2019) Master’s Degree in Sports Management (2013) from the University of Lleida, and Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sports from the Ramón Llull University (2011). She is currently a Professor at the Ramón Llull University, and works as a Project Manager at ADVANCE INSPIRING SOCIAL INNOVATION. His field of research focuses on leadership and sport.

Subject: Sports facilities Management.

EXPERT PROFESSIONALS
Albert MundetGraduated in Audiovisual Communication (2009) from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Master of Arts – MA, Science and Technology Studies (2010) from the University of Salamanca. Currently, he is Director of Innovation and General Manager Barça Innovation Hub at FC Barcelona since 2016. He has also worked as Innovation & Tech Transfer Consultant, and Business Development & Strategy Design Consultant at International Policy Group (IPG).

Subject: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership in the Sports Sector.

Andrés Mendoza ValeryGraduate in Law and Master in Finance from ESADE. Since 2014 he has been Managing Director at SRG Capital, a financing company in the sports sector. He has 3 years of experience at 23 Capital (formerly XXIII Capital), a company specialized in financing and solutions, focused exclusively on the Esports, Music, Entertainment and Lifestyle sectors. Co-founder of Chalk Daily Fantasy Sports and has also worked in financial auditing, among others.

Subject: Financial Management for Sport Organizations.

David Hidalgo VilaGraduate in Economic and Business Sciences from the Pompeu Fabra University. Master in Business Administration (MBA) from ESADE Business School. General Management Program (PDG) by IESE Business School. Sport Events Management and Organization Seminar by the AISTS (International Academy of Sports Science and Technology), Lausanne (SWITZERLAND). General Manager of Grandvalira-ENSISA. General Director of the Organizing Committee of the Alpine Ski World Cup events in Grandvalira. General Director of the Candidature in the Andorra 2027 Alpine Ski World Championships. President of the Andorra Esports Cluster. Member of the World Cup and European Cup subcommittees of the International Ski Federation.

Subject: Sport Events Management.

Jesús Oliver FerrerMaster’s Degree in Marketing and Strategic Management from ESIC (2006) and Diploma in Business Sciences from the University of Barcelona (2000). He began his professional career in the United Kingdom (General Motors) and Scotland (Polaroid). Subsequently, he held the position of Marketing Director for 9 years at Casio Spain where he led the repositioning of the brand in our country. In 2012 he founded the WeAreCentric Communication, Marketing and Public Relations Agency. In 2015 he founded Egoísmo Positivo, an organization that fights for the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport. He teaches Marketing on different master’s degrees at the ESIC Business School and Johan Cruyff Institute. Regular speaker at events and congresses related to the Marketing area: Mobile World Congress, Hoy es Marketing, among others.

Subject: Sports Marketing.

Jordi Viñas FortMBA from Esade (2004), Master in Sport Management from Loughborough University (1997) and Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sport from INEFC-Barcelona. Partner-director and founder of Itik Consultoria Esport i Lleure SL. Previously, he was general director of the Balthus wellness center in Santiago de Chile from 1999 to 2002 and manager of CD Terrassa Hockey from 1997 to 1999. He is the author of various studies on elements of the sports system, such as studies on sports clubs in Catalonia, the situation of municipal sports services, public-private collaboration systems in Catalan sports as well as sports habits of the population. He is a member of the Social and Educational Research Group on Physical Activity and Sport (GISEAFE).

Subjects: Sports Economics and Strategic Management (Strategic Management) (On campus) and Sports Facilities Management (online English and Spanish).

Mar Rotger GimenoPostgraduate in Sport Marketing from Johan Cruyff Institute (2016). Master’s Degree in Sport Business Management from the University of Barcelona (2013). Graduated in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences (INEFC) (2012). Since 2022 she is Sponsorship Manager at RPM SPORTS. She has worked in the Arsenal Group for two years in the Management of the Arsenal Women’s Club. She has also worked as a Senior Project Consultant at CA Sports Marketing, and as head of marketing and events at the Catalan Volleyball Federation.

Subject: Management of Sports Facilities (On campus) and Professional Internships (Online English).

Roser del PuigMaster’s Degree in Sports Law from the University of Lleida (2016), Master’s Degree in Protocol from the University of Barcelona (2012), and Law Degree from the Pompeu Fabra University (2008). Currently, he works as Project Manager – Institutional Relations, PR & Protocol at FCBarcelona since 2012. He worked for 2 years at UEFA EURO2020 as Event Project Manager.

Subject: Sport Event Management.

SPEAKERS
Daniel RamisHead of Finance at CE Sabadell FC.
José Luís BeltránDigital Project Manager at FC Barcelona.
Marc PomésProject Manager IRONMAN south EMEA.
Nacho Mas-BagàCEO at Girona Fútbol Club.
Oriol SerraClúster Manager de INDESCAT, catalan sports cluster.
Pati RouraDirector at Cruyff Foundation.
Rosaura AlastrueyExpert in professional networking and Linkedin.
Sergi VietaManaging Director at SPORTFIVE Iberia.
Verònica PlatasExpert in personal branding.
Víctor JordánAcademic director at Johan Cruyff Institute.
SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS/SESSIONS
Step DayNetworking event between students and companies in the sports industry. Some of participants included: CAR Sant Cugat, Catalan Tennis Federation Catalan Basketball Federation, RPM, DIR, IRONMAN Group, Iberia Sports, Cruyff Foundation, Palco 23, Tag Pay, Under Armour or MIC Football.
Behind the football fieldAimed at improving the understanding of the particularities of the football industry and receive advice from international experts on how to enter it.
Sport and Port Vell of BarcelonaConference aimed at learning about the idiosyncrasy of Barcelona’s Port Vell and the sports activities it hosts.
My Trip – AlumniRound table delivered by Alumni of Johan Cruyff Institute with the aim to present the students the different possibilities of professional careers and inspire them to create their own career paths through the master’s degree.
Start UpsSession on the key elements for successful entrepreneurship in the sports sector.

*Speakers and conferences may vary in each edition. The published ones correspond to previous editions.

Student services

GRANTSOn the grants page of UAB’ website you will find information on financial support, grants, competitions, prizes and subsidies for the university community. The site includes details of financial support offered by UAB and by other institutions that may be of interest for students.

VIRTUAL CAMPUS/WEB FACILITATED PROGRAMMEAs a student of the University Master’s Degree in Sports Management, you will have exclusive access to the learning platform which allows you to monitor your academic progress 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world. The virtual campus offers a collaborative environment between teachers and students for sharing e-mails, chats, books, articles, case studies, simulations, experiences, websites, blogs and a video library. You will have a wide range of tools at your disposal to make your learning experience interactive, rewarding and complete.

NETWORKING & ALUMNI CRUYFF INSTITUTEJohan Cruyff Institute offers students, alumni, faculty and members of our network the opportunity to connect and collaborate, to share their passion for sports and their professional expertise.

The Alumni Cruyff Institute provides a means of interconnection that will enable the whole community not only to re-establish contact with fellow students, but also to create new links with people from the sports sector throughout the whole network who can offer new experiences and initiatives to keep growing in the profession.

The platform has been designed so you can comfortably navigate through the various areas and enjoy the offers that most interest or adapt to the needs of alumni at any given time. In the Learning Area, you will find resources that will allow you to keep up with the latest trends in the sector, participate in our webinars or access pre-recorded academic sessions, as well as many other resources.

The Alumni Cruyff Institute platform’s Networking section provides a meeting point for alumni to get in touch, share experiences, network, discuss ideas and create positive synergies for the benefit of all. Those who play in this ‘League’ will enjoy the Cruyff Alumni Club, where all Alumni members (organized by center) will have at their disposal numerous academic and leisure activities and events organized in the different countries.

In a later stage, the Alumni Cruyff Institute will offer platform members support in managing their professional development through the Career Services section (job offers and internships). There will also soon be the Cruyff Alumni Shop, an online store where you can purchase official Johan Cruyff Institute products exclusively.

UAB STUDENTAll students of the University Master’s Degree in Sports Management can benefit from the services offered by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona at the Bellaterra Campus, including among many others:

  • Employment opportunities and advisory service: Treball Campus
  • Impulse program for entrepreneurs: UAB Emprèn
  • Language services and teaching: Servei de Llengües, UAB Idiomes
  • High-level sports facilities
  • Library network
  • Service to the disability program
  • Publishing services
  • On campus accommodation

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