The DeVos Sport Business Management Program admits students based on their total package of academic success, professional and community service experience, commitment to teamwork, and other factors that show the admissions committee whether the applicant is a good fit for the DeVos Program.
The DeVos Program is an integrative “living classroom” with a rigorous and comprehensive academic schedule that keeps the cohort of students together throughout their two year coursework. The core curriculum of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program incorporates UCF College of Business Administration core classes, unique sport business classes and other specialized classes that emphasize the social impact of sport. Students are given interactive real world projects and programs that allow them to work along side world-class sport business leaders, while building a network of contacts that help create rewarding post-graduation opportunities.
Additionally, graduates will discover the role of sport in society, how the power of sport can help create a more inclusive society and how the responsibility of the power of sport should be used to make a difference.
We are proud of the achievements of our past and present students, and look forward to seeing what future admitted DeVos cohorts will bring. Some of the major accomplishments of DeVos students are:
- In 2015, SportBusiness International named the DeVos Program as one of the TOP 2 graduate level degree sport business programs.
- DeVos has gone from the newest program in 2002 to being named one of the top five programs in America by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and Forbes Magazine.
- In 2009, the DeVos Program was named the nation’s number one MBA program for service and leadership. DeVos graduate students have volunteered over 47,000 hours of community service since inception of the program in 2004.
- The Class of 2008, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sport, formed the Hope for Stanley Foundation, which is dedicated to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes and lives in New Orleans. DeVos students have spent 45 weeks helping to rebuild more than 120 homes in New Orleans.
- Successfully funded class trips through fundraising opportunities with ESPN World Wide of Sports, Daytona International Speedway, Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Rays, Orlando City Soccer, etc. The trip for the Class of 2016 was to New York City, where our students met with executives at the New York Mets, St. John’s University, the NBA League Office, the NFL League Office, the MLS League Office, Madison Square Garden and toured ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. Along with meeting with their leadership team, the Class of 2016 was able to meet and spend time with Commissioners from the NBA, NFL and MLS. The Class of 2015 took their trip to Chicago, Illinois, where students met with executives from Navigate Research, Big Ten Conference Office, University of Notre Dame, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Cubs.
Some of the major announcements to come out of the DeVos Program:
- It was announced in 2012 that Donna Orender, Judy Sweet, Cathy Andruzzi and Dan Guerrero had become senior associate directors of the DeVos Program. Orender is the former president of the WNBA. Sweet was the first woman to be an athletics director at a DI school and the first woman to be NCAA president. Andruzzi is a former successful Women’s Collegiate Basketball Coach and consultant. Guerrero is athletics director at UCLA. In 2013, Floyd Keith, the former director of the Black Coaches and Administrators, joined this prestigious group
- In 2015, Charlie Freeman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Orlando Magic, became the chair of the DeVos National Advisory Board.
- The DeVos Program now has a unique and exclusive partnership with ESPN which includes an Annual ESPN Executive-in-Residence Program, internship opportunity exclusive for a DeVos student, real world experience projects as a part of the sports marketing class, senior management presence in the DeVos Board of Advisors and administrative speakers provided throughout the year. It is the only program in the country with such a relationship with ESPN.
DeVos students and graduates are business leaders committed to using the power of sport to improve life in a more-inclusive society. The program is the premier “living classroom” in sports business management education.
The DeVos Sport Business Management Program is proud to partner with premier sports organizations and Leagues in the Orlando area and across the country. Our partners provide students with unique opportunities to expand upon their professional and academic experience, while also providing resources that have helped make DeVos one of the top sport management graduate programs in the world. These partners include: