BA in Sports and Recreation Management

Sports and recreation management is a career field concerned with the business aspects of sports and recreation preparing persons for several aspects of sports management, from operations to facilities management, finance, marketing and more.

The program prepares persons to enter or progress in positions within several sectors of the sports industry, including professional organizations, college athletics and recreational or commercial facilities.

The major is designed to prepare students for careers and advanced study in the field of sports (broadly interpreted), and the manufacturing and marketing of sports equipment and services, as well as the field of recreational and leisure. Students will master event operations, marketing, management, and communication as each pertains to the sports industry.

Major Coursework, General Education and Electives

The major curriculum consists of 11 courses and a senior project. Only one course is taken at a time, while each student progresses with the same group of students, or cohort, throughout the program.

Transfer Credit

You may receive transfer credit for up to 67 lower division credits from a regionally accredited institution.

Credit for Prior Learning

A student entering this degree program can earn up to 32 semester hours from sources such as workshops, seminars, self-study, training programs or work experience. Prior college-level learning acquired from these sources is evaluated and may result in credit hours being awarded.

Sports and Recreation Major (35 semester hours)

SRMP 2000: Intro to Sports and Recreation (3)

Overview of the primary principles and practices, theories and concepts of sports and recreation administration and program development.

SRMP 2010: Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports and Recreation Administration (3)

Introduces critical concepts and challenges involving legal and ethical issues in sports and recreation industry. An exploration and examination of the various roles of regulation, compliance, government intervention, liability, contracts and antitrust issues and their ethical responsibilities and ramifications.

SRMP 2020: Sociological & Historical Foundations of Sports and Recreation (3)

A topical study of the social and historical significance of sport and leisure in human history ranging from Greco-Roman history through the present; examination of the role and influence of sport in major social and cultural developments.

SRMP 2030: Managing Lifetime Fitness (3)

A study of health-related fitness and wellness plans; the National Health Objectives; health and physical fitness standards; setting nutrition, dietary, and fitness goals; evaluating fitness activities, fitness self-assessment.

SRMP 3010: Intro to Facilities & Events Management (3)

Introductory consideration of facilities and events management issues such as event scheduling, finance and profitability, personnel and equipment oversight as well as liability and risk management concerns in sports and recreation settings.

SRMP 4260: Senior Project 1 (1)

Problem specification, literature review, and problem-solving processes.

SRMP 4460: Senior Project 2 (1)

Solution to the problem, selection of evaluation method, and presentation of evaluation results.

SRMP 4660: Senior Project 3 (2)

Recommendations based on problem identification and evaluation of solution; formal presentation of project, reflection on research process and explanation of learning from research.

OMP 4235: Research Design & Methodology (4)

Overview of statistics. Measurement objectives for research projects, normal curve, confidence intervals. Data definition, testing hypothesis. Data collection, Chi-Square test. Research project evaluation plan. Survey construction for the research project. Data finalization and project evaluation process.

OMP 4431: Principles of Management (3)

Dimensions of management, management process and skills, strategic planning, leadership styles and impact on subordinates, teamwork and work force diversity, communication of values, negotiations with employees and impact on productivity. Total Quality Management and Management by Objectives.

OMP 4601: Managerial Accounting (3)

Financial tools for managers in decision-making: financial statements, bookkeeping process, financial statement analysis, statement of cash flow, internal cost concepts, present value concepts, budgeting.

OMP 4605: Managerial Marketing (3)

Basic marketing theory and terminology. Analyze real-world cases exploring domestic and international marketing opportunities and problems. Identify and evaluate critical marketing data.

OMP 4610: Personal Values and Organizational Ethics (3)

Topics discussed from a Christian perspective include: nature of ethics and meaning of being ethical; ethical problems in organizations; environmental change and ethical considerations; moral reasoning, personal values, and decision making; alternate modes of moral reasoning; ethical issues between individuals and organizations; and principled leadership

General Education

  • Communication (9 hours)
  • Humanities (9 hours)
  • Social Sciences (9 hours), including macroeconomics
  • Mathematics (3 hours), must be above intermediate algebra
  • Sciences (7–8 hours), one biological science and one physical science, including one lab course
  • World Studies (3 hours), multicultural or non-Western emphasis
  • Health and Wellness (2 hours)
  • Mission-Specific Courses: Theology (6 hours)

General Education and Elective Courses

For a listing of General Education and elective courses, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog at

Admission to the Program

Applicants who meet the admission requirements and who have earned at least 30 semester hours of college credit (including at least one English composition course with a grade of C or better) are eligible to be admitted to the accelerated bachelor's degree completion program and the organizational management major.

Transfer Credit

You may receive transfer credit for up to 67 lower division credits from a regionally accredited institution.

Pre-Major Status

Applicants who meet the admission criteria but have earned 0-29 semester hours of credit, or who have not completed at least one college-level English, may be admitted to the university in pre-major status.

Prospective students who complete a composition course or the equivalent may be admitted to the University with pre-major status. Applicants admitted with pre-major status may enroll in accelerated courses at Concordia to meet deficiencies until they have earned the minimum requirements for admission to the program and the organizational management major. Applicants admitted with pre-major status are eligible to apply for financial assistance.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students entering the Accelerated Degree Program for Adults can earn up to a maximum of 32 semester hours of credit from such sources as workshops, seminars, corporate training programs, military service or other experiences.

Documentation that the student presents, demonstrating college-level learning acquired from these sources, is evaluated and may result in credit hours being awarded.

Length and Format

Students can choose from the following class formats:

  • On Campus, attending class at the River Forest, IL Campus, 18 months to complete the major
  • Online, 18 months to complete the major
  • Transfer Credit, from a regionally accredited institution will be evaluated and applied toward degree completion

Course Schedule

  • Classes meet one evening per week from 6-10 p.m. Students take one class at a time. Each class is usually about five weeks long.
  • Online: Students complete all coursework and discussions online. Students take one class at a time for five weeks.


Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Completion courses are $475 per semester hour. Most courses are worth three credits. Thirty-five credits are required to complete the major coursework. Payment is due at the start of each term. Financial aid is available.

Career opportunities range from working within a sports team or organization, YMCA's, to working in sports media or sports law, managing recreational programs or managing a fitness center. Professional sports clubs and teams hire people who are already trained in producing sports revenue and who have marketing skills that are specific to ticketing, sponsorships, event planning, and marketing. This degree will provide you with a skill set and the competitive edge to distinguish yourself in the sports business field.

Career Possibilities

  • Athletics Administration
  • Athlete Representation
  • Business Operations
  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • Events Coordinator
  • Game Operations
  • General Manager
  • Media & Community Relations
  • Promotions Manager
  • Recreational Director
  • Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Sports Information Director
  • Sports Analyst
  • Sports Commentator/Radio/Announcer
  • Sports Producer
  • Sports Marketing Specialist
  • Sports Public Relations 
  • Youth Sport Director

*Some occupations will require additional training, certification and/or education