The sport management graduate program at West Virginia University has been listed among 15 outstanding programs in the nation by an online newsletter for sports business professionals around the world.

Partnership Activation 2.0 includes WVU s program in itsFifteen Great Sports Biz Graduate Programsin a recent issue. The list is featured under the headlineAre You Looking to Hire New Personnel?

The sport management program does an excellent job of preparing students to enter the marketplace as leaders in the sport industry,said Jack Watson, chairman of the Department of Sport Sciences in WVU s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.Given the quality of training and accomplishments of the sport management graduates, this acknowledgment is well deserved.

Created in 1981, the WVU sport management curriculum in the Department of Sport Sciences prepares students for careers in professional sports, intercollegiate athletics, sport facilities and many other sport-related businesses. The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences offers traditional bachelors and masters degrees and an online masters degree in sport management.

The graduate program places 100 percent of its graduates in the sport industry and is one of 13 nationally to beunconditionally approvedby both the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the North American Society of Sport Management, professor Dallas Branch said.

We have consistently placed our graduates in the most significant positions within the sport industry, including the NCAA , NFL, NBA , Major League Baseball, NHL , NBC Sports, Nike, ESPN and many major sports organizations at the professional and collegiate levels,Branch said.We also have 13 graduates employed in the WVU Athletics Department.

What Partnership Activation is saying about WVU s program comes as no surprise to those familiar with it, said Dana Brooks, dean of the college.

The sport management graduate program is just one of the many well-kept treasures in our college,Brooks said.Dallas and the other faculty members have done a fine job making the program one that stands out among its peers.

According to its Web site, Partnership Activation provides sports business professionals with industry insights, creativeactivationtactics and new ways to generate incremental revenue for their organizations. Over the past nine months, the venture has drawn interest from sports business professionals across the globe.

WVU sport management on the Web: http://www.wvu.edu/~physed/sportman.htm

Partnership Activation on the Web: http://www.partnershipactivation.com/