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UNC Charlotte Offers Motorsports Elective

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Located in a hotbed city for stock car racing, the University of North Carolina Charlotte offers sports marketing and management as a focus in its MBA program.

With elective courses available in motorsports, students in the Belk College of Business program have the opportunity to prepare for NASCAR career or other jobs in auto racing. Electives also are available in professional team sports, individual sports, and event management.

The two-year program features a six-month professional internship.

Admissions

While the school does not have a set formula for admitting students into the program, the class of 2008-’09 had an average Graduate Management Admission Test score of 603 (writing 5.5) and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.2.

The school considers all application information: grades, school attended, relevant work experience, recommendations, and the applicant’s statement of purpose and essays.

Also, prospective students are interviewed before being admitted. All students—with a maximum of 15--begin the program in the fall semester and priority admissions deadline is January 15.

In 2008-’09, the estimated tuition for the two-year program was $21,000 for in-state residents and $33,000 for out-of-state residents. The school provides information websiteon financial assistance for this program.

Courses

Besides the business courses, the school offers courses in sports law, management of service operations, sports economics, Internet and technology in sports management, marketing of sports, marketing through sports, motorsports management, management of professional team sports, management of individual sports and events, global sports, and contemporary issues in sports.

There are several classes that focus on sports sponsorships, including sports strategy, professional selling in sports, and sports promotions. There also is a course on negotiations as an agent, athlete, or sponsor.

Internships

During students’ final semester, they participate in a six-month internship program and have access to a variety of paid internships.

According to the school, students have worked as interns with the Charlotte Bobcats, the United States National Whitewater Center, NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a sports attorney, and others.

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