Get in the game with a degree in sport management

University of Missouri–St. Louis’s bachelor’s degree in sport management opens doors to exciting opportunities in a booming field. With our BS in sport management, you’ll hone your communication skills to engage with athletes, coaches, fans and sponsors. You’ll build leadership abilities to manage teams and execute complex projects, while exploring topics such as business and law.

Our bachelor’s in sport management features unparalleled learning experiences, including internships with pro sports teams like the St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis City SC and other organizations. You’ll also have a chance to attend major events such as the Super Bowl and the Final Four, providing valuable networking opportunities.

With our major in sport management, you’ll learn from expert faculty with a wealth of industry knowledge. Plus, our robust alumni network provides professional support and lifelong connections throughout your sport management career.

What is sport management?

If you have a passion for playing, coaching or watching sports, our degree in sport management could be the perfect fit for you. But what is sport management, exactly?

Sport management is a specialized field that involves directing and coordinating the business aspects of sports. Sport management career opportunities range from amateur and college to professional sports, ensuring the effective management and success of teams and organizations at all levels.


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Why major in Sport Management at UMSL?

With our bachelor’s in sport management, you’ll gain a unique skill set and lasting connections for your career:

  • Build industry-relevant experience. Our strong partnerships with professional, college and nonprofit organizations provide ample hands-on learning opportunities. These internships, practicums and collaborative projects give you a unique advantage in the job market.
  • Develop a well-rounded skill set. As a BS in sport management graduate, you’ll excel in strategic thinking, problem-solving and communication. You’ll identify opportunities, set objectives and implement plans effectively.
  • Join an active alumni network. Our strong alumni community provides extensive professional support and networking opportunities. This network is especially valued by employers, as it enables graduates to build industry connections and expertise throughout their careers.

What can you do with a degree in sport management?

UMSL’s degree in sport management opens doors to a range of exciting career opportunities in the sports industry. With our major in sport management, you’ll develop a strong foundation in management, sports and marketing theories, enabling you to apply in-demand skills in a variety of sport management settings. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply an interdisciplinary foundation of management, sports and marketing theories in sport management settings.
  • Develop a marketing toolbox for effective promotional strategies.
  • Examine and explore the legal and ethical issues affecting amateur, collegiate and professional sport programs.
  • Develop awareness of liability, risk management, contracts and collective bargaining in sports.
  • Manage sport programs and operations efficiently.
  • Foster the development of leadership and communication skills.
  • Learn how to balance economic priorities and social responsibilities within sport organizations.
  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, cultural competence and equity in sport management environments.

Our degree in sport management prepares students for real-world jobs in a wide range of career paths, including the dynamic field of sports agency. Sport agents have a median annual salary of $132,810, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Median annual salary

Career Opportunities

  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Commissioner
  • Equipment Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • General Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • PR & Media Relations Officer
  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Analyst
  • Sports Historian
  • Team Scout


Plan of study

All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Student organizations

Make new friends and learn new skills by joining one of our Recognized Student Organizations. Here are several opportunities you may be interested in as a sport management major:

Internship Opportunities

The Sport Management program offers opportunities for on-campus internships with UMSL’s NCAA Division II athletic programs and our state-of-the-art Recreation and Wellness Center. Partnerships with major professional sports organizations provide additional opportunities for external internships.

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.