Academic Policies

No, per the Graduate School policy, undergraduate students who wish to enroll in graduate level courses (500 and above) may only transfer six (6) credit hours (B or better) into the certificate program for courses not taken as part of another degree requirement (core or elective). Therefore, to receive the Sport and Entertainment Venue Management Graduate Certificate, current NC State undergraduates can only take six (6) credit hours of 500 level courses before graduation. Upon graduation, the student must apply to the Sport and Entertainment Venue Management Graduate Certificate program through the Graduate School to complete the remaining courses. The same course restrictions apply.

The GRE is not required for our graduate certificate program. If you have taken the GRE within the last five years and would like to submit scores, you are welcome to do so via the online graduate school application.

NC State University’s Graduate Certificate in Sport and Entertainment Venue Management program welcomes graduate students from universities all around the world. For international students, the Graduate School requires TOEFL scores of at least 80 on the internet-based version. Please review Section O: English Proficiency Requirements of the Graduate School Handbook for minimum scores for each TOEFL section and other details concerning TOEFL requirements.


International Students enrolled in the online and distance education Sport and Entertainment Venue Management Graduate Certificate program are not eligible for a student visa to study in the U.S. Please be aware that if you currently live outside the U.S. and begin the online program, you will be taking classes from your home country. Alternatively, you may apply for our on-campus Sport and Entertainment program, which has the same requirements and admissions policies as our online program. (NOTE: we admit a very small number of on-campus students each year.)

No, there are no on-campus expectations.

Yes, many students pursuing their master’s or doctoral degrees at NC State University have added a graduate certificate (GCERT) to their current plans. The GCERT and graduate degree do not have to be completed at the same time and up to 12 hours of GCERT coursework can be double counted between the GCERT and the graduate degree. If you are interested in adding the SEVM Graduate Certificate to your current master’s or doctoral degree, contact the Director of the SEVM Graduate Certificate program.


Yes! Our programs have a strong track record of admitting both active duty and veteran military officers. Individuals affiliated with the military are encouraged to contact the NC State Veterans’ Education to discuss options for obtaining your degree from NC State. An expedited program may also be available for certain military individuals under time constraints.

Applications for our graduate certificate programs are reviewed beginning around our application deadlines (June 15 and Oct. 15). Applicants should expect to receive a decision within a couple of weeks of the application deadline; any time between April 1 – May 1 and Oct. 1 – Nov 1 is typical.

All application materials should be submitted prior to the dates published below. Applications and recommendations submitted to the Graduate School will be reviewed after this date. We do not admit students to start in the summer due to course availability and timing of admissions decision-making.


NOTE: Application deadlines for the Graduate Certificate in Sport and Entertainment Venue Management are different than dates specified by the Graduate School for other programs.

  • Fall 2018: August 1
  • Spring 2019: October 15 (July 15 for international students)


  1. Any of the following (if true) will help your case that you are capable of maintaining above a 3.0 GPA in graduate school:
    • Undergraduate degree was many years ago and you have now matured.
    • Poor grades were early in your undergraduate career and/or your major GPA was above a 3.0.
    • You had one bad semester but otherwise maintained a decent GPA.
    • You have strong GRE scores.

Students are encouraged to address any of these issues in their personal statement during the application process. Some students who apply may be recommended for non-degree status when appropriate.

We accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. There is no single undergraduate major that we look for, though the majority of applicants come from fields such as sport management, athletics, tourism, event management and parks and recreation. We strongly suggest that if you have had zero exposure to these topics, that you take an introductory course (community college, other university, etc.) to make sure this is something you want to pursue at the graduate level. Students in our programs tend to do better if they have some of that experience either through coursework and/or work experience.

Curriculum Requirements

No, our Graduate Certificate in Sport and Entertainment Venue Management program is a non-thesis certificate program.

The program takes two semesters to complete.

Financial Aid & Tuition

Cost varies based on several factors, including residential status (in state vs. out of state) and track (online vs. on-campus). A full breakdown of current costs can be found at the Online and Distance Education Graduate Tuition and Fees website.

No assistantships are available at this time.

General Financial Aid: students in the Graduate Certificate in Sport and Entertainment Venue Management program are generally self-supported. Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. We encourage you to contact your financial aid advisor in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.


A limited amount of grant funding is also available to students enrolled in online and  distance education degrees. Criteria for funding is based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need and enrollment in multiple online and distance education courses per semester. For additional information, please visit NC State’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website, or call 919.515.2421. NC State also offers a monthly payment plan.


Scholarships: There may be a number of external scholarships available to students that meet certain qualifications.

Online Learning Environment

Generally, no. All of the software you will need for your projects and coursework will be made available to you either through personal download to your computer or via NC State’s Virtual Computing Laboratory. For the most current details and requirements, visit the Online and Distance Education Technology Requirements webpage.

Each course in the SEVM program will have a weekly required synchronous online class meeting time. They generally occur in the evenings from 7:30 –9:00 p.m.  However, the majority of each course is taught asynchronously, meaning online students interact with the course materials at different times (within limits specified by the instructors). For example, course materials may be posted at the beginning of a week and students will have that week to accomplish certain tasks on their own time.

Similar to on-campus or face-to-face classes, synchronous learning means that students meet online at a predetermined time with other students enrolled in the class and the course instructor. Each course in the SEVM program includes a synchronous class meeting online. They generally occur in the evenings from 7:30 —9:00 p.m.

SEVM courses are delivered using NC State’s Moodle online learning management system. Students will watch pre-recorded lectures, participate in interactive discussion forums, take online quizzes and exams, and upload homework and other assignments from Moodle.