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Rutgers University is launching a new graduate program aimed at preparing students to become leaders in the global sports industry.

The M.S. program in Global Sports Business will begin conducting classes in the fall 2016 semester. The multi-disciplinary program offered by the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences reflects the university's strengths in such areas as finance, marketing, management, and law, as well as its location in the Northeast Corridor, a center of the sports industry.

"With its strong interdisciplinary approach and commitment to global engagement, this program is a great addition to the School of Arts and Sciences," said Executive Dean Peter March. "In creating a curriculum for the sports business world, the program fuses intellectual inquiry with practical application, building students' knowledge and skills and effectively preparing them for leadership in this growing and competitive industry."

The program's curriculum, which is designed to train students for careers in all sectors of the industry, consists of 12 three-credit courses, a three-credit internship and a one-credit continuing colloquium of speakers. The staff and faculty will include prominent sports industry leaders who can draw from their own expertise and experience to prepare students for success.

"We have created a curriculum centered on intensive classwork, case studies, mentorships, field work and executive training residency," said Mike Finkelstein, the program's executive director. "With its focused and interdisciplinary approach, our graduates will be uniquely prepared to add immediate value at the managerial, director and C-levels and establish themselves as key decision-makers in the sports industry."

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