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Sport management is a specialized field that involves directing and coordinating the business aspects of sport organizations and athletic associations. Sport managers can be found working for professional sport teams, college and university athletic departments and sport marketing firms. From skill-development schools and recreational facility management to minor league operations, sport managers work at various levels of the industry to bring out the best in the organizations and people they represent. Sport Management is a high demand and growing field, so now is the time to turn your passion into a profession.

 

Program type:

Major, BS

Format:

On-Campus

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Overview

Bachelor of Science -

Sport Management

The BS in Sport Management is an interdisciplinary, professional degree program that prepares students for a wide array of sport-related careers. The curriculum provides a balance between the educational-community athletics and the business aspects of sport and includes required courses in management and organizational behavior, marketing, sports psychology, sport management and administration, legal and ethical issues in sports, and educational and community athletics in addition to an internship. Degree plans can be customized via choices of electives, internships and complementary minors (e.g., athletic coaching, communication, exercise science, media studies, marketing, business and finance).

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to apply an interdisciplinary foundation of management, sports and marketing theories to a variety of sport management settings; develop a marketing toolbox; examine and explore the legal and ethical issues impacting amateur, collegiate and professional sport programs; develop awareness of liability, risk management, contracts and collective bargaining; manage sport; foster development of leadership and communication skills; learn how to balance economic priorities and social responsibilities of sport organizations; and demonstrate commitment to diversity, cultural competence and equity in any given sport management environment.

Employment of coaches and scouts are projected to grow up to 12% to 2029, with a median annual salary of $34,840, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.



34,840

Median annual salary

12

Employment growth by 2029

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

From leadership, to cultural, to just plain fun, Recognized Student Organizations at UMSL make it easy to get involved. Students who join RSOs make new friends, learn new skills, and perform better in classes. Plus, with over 120 student organizations on campus, there’s something for everyone! You might like:

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.