Bachelor of Science in sport management

Being an athlete or simply passionate about sports isn’t enough to launch a career in the sports industry. A B.S. in Sport Management will help you turn your passion for athletics into a successful professional career. The program includes focused coursework in all areas of sport management, and a practical internship that gives students the professional skills and industry experience needed to navigate the opportunities and challenges in the business of sport. Our faculty have extensive experience and networks in professional, collegiate, interscholastic and amateur athletics. Whether your goal is to work in the front office, run facilities, manage athletic departments or coach, our program will provide you with an edge in this competitive field.

Anne Treharne

 "I am interning at Pacers Sports & Entertainment in the marketing department this semester. Most of my role focuses on game day preparation, set up, and tear down. Additionally, I have been researching potential concourse activations we can utilize for upcoming games. Getting to learn firsthand what all goes on behind the scenes to create the NBA game experience has been invaluable. Obviously, what happens on the court still matters, but the in-arena atmosphere is a huge contributor to selling tickets and filling seats. PS&E is not only the entity responsible for the Pacers, but also the WNBA's Fever. Even though it is Fever off-season, marketing initiatives for the upcoming season are being created and finalized. With a new coach, the league's youngest team, and a guaranteed lottery pick, the Fever are in a rebuilding phase. The focus has been on giving the team as much exposure in the community as possible. I hope to work for a WNBA team post-graduation and so this internship has been an amazing opportunity for me."

Annie Treharne, current SM student

Course Requirements

A minimum of 120 credits are required for completion of this degree: satisfaction of the University General Education Program. All coursework must be completed in accordance with academic procedures of the College of Education and the University governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. All courses and course electives must be completed with grades of "C" or better and an overall 2.5 grade point average, to meet College graduation requirements. Courses changes may occur through periodic curriculum revision and students are urged to consult assigned advisors prior to each registration period to ensure that all requirements are met. Students in this program complete a Plan of Work with their advisor and the Sport Management Advising Guide.

Sport Management (required courses, min. 42 credits)

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total major credits 42
SAM 2100 Foundations of Sport Management 3
SAM 2020 History of Sport 3
SAM 3010 Ethics in Sport 3
SAM 3020 Sociology of Sport 3
SAM 3030 Sport Promotion 3
SAM 4020 Sport Governance 3
SAM 4030 Sport Finance 3
SAM 4040 Sport Communication 3
SAM 5000 Professional Practicum (prereq: SAM 2100) 3
SAM 5700 Sport Leadership 3
SAM 5750 Internship in Sports Management 6
Select at least one of the following (prereq: SAM 2100)
SAM 6560 Media Design and Communication 3
SAM 6531 Sport Event Management 3
SAM 6570 Sports Marketing (prereq: SAM 2100) 3
Select at least one of the following (prereq: SAM 2100)
SAM 5510 Principles of Coaching 3
SAM 6300 Interscholastic Athletic Directing 3
SAM 6530 Professional Sport Administration 3
SAM 6310 Collegiate Athletic Administrator 3
SAM 6320 Youth Sports and Recreation 3

Students in this program complete an individualized Plan of Work with their advisor and the Sport Management Advising Guide.

Accelerated Graduate Enrollment program

The Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program is available to academically strong students completing their undergraduate degree. This allows students to begin master's degree coursework while simultaneously completing their bachelor's degree. Students have the opportunity to complete the requirements for both degrees in an accelerated timeline. For requirements and course information, refer to the academic bulletin.

For students whose undergraduate major is in Sport Management, the AGRADE graduate program options are: Community Health; Exercise and Sport Science; and Sports Administration.

"The AGRADE program allowed me to use credits towards my undergraduate and graduate programs at the same time, saving me considerable time and money towards my degree. I will now graduate with my Master's degree in half the time, setting me up with an advantage in the sports job market. I'm so glad I had this opportunity!"

Alexandra Wayne, SAM '21 and current MA student


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