Do you have a passion for sports? Turn that passion into an exciting career! The sports industry in the U.S. and globally is big business. With the sports industry often growing faster than a country’s national GDP, the need to run clubs and associations as organized businesses has become paramount.
Today, a career in sports means understanding the many parts of this diverse field. There is an ever-increasing need for professionals trained in the managerial, administrative and business aspects of sports. The MBA in sports management prepares confident leaders in various types of sports organizations and roles.
By pursuing an MBA with a concentration of sports management, you will gain a solid business foundation in accounting, marketing and operations. You will study the economics of the sports industry, financial responsibility, important legal issues related to sports and more.
Sports management offers a wide variety of career options and paths. Students can accept positions in marketing and sponsorship, sports media, hospitality and events management and even retail. Among others, colleges and universities, talent agencies, major and minor league teams and sports facilities are looking to hire qualified sports management professionals.
While sports management is highly competitive, it shows strong job growth trends through 2022 as predicted by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor & Statistics (BLS). Coaches and Scouts are projected to grow 15 percent, faster than average. Sports Agent/Manager is projected to grow 12 percent, as fast as average. And, Sports Marketing Manager is projected to grow 13 percent, as fast as average.
Salaries can range widely. Here are a few examples:
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Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a pre-determined sequence.
Total Credit Hours: 39
These classes are available in the classroom or online.
Examine interpersonal behavior related to organizational performance. Behavioral science motivation, social perception, group decision making, ethical leadership and multicultural behavior.
Introduction of key financial accounting concepts. Analysis of a firm’s historical, current and prospective financial condition and performance. Emphasis on investment and credit decision.
Developing and evaluating brand strategies over the life of the product. Strategies for introducing brands and reviving brands. Includes basic marketing principles of product, price, promotion, environment and customer.
Focus on basic microeconomic principles of the firm and relevance in business decisions. Covers supply and demand and its relationship to market outcomes and economic determinants of consumption, savings, and labor behavior.
Basic statistical concepts and analytical tools for data driven decision making. Introduction to concepts of frequency, distribution, variation and normal curve correlations with application to business decisions.
Decision making, negotiations and ethics. Cultural impact on management strategy. Create value, motivate resources, leading and creating high performance teams. Integrating performance across business units.
Focus on creation of money, function and roles of financial institutions, fiscal and monetary policy and the Federal Reserve system. Covers economic theory of financial markets and impact of government policies, determinants of national income, employment, investment, interest rates, inflation and exchange rates.
Analyze policies in human resource management and organizational design, recruitment, selection hiring, development promotion and incentive based pay.
Concentrates on strategic decisions surrounding the production and delivery of goods and services. Value-added activities that transform resources into product. Covers process analysis, quality, inventory control, capacity planning and location decisions.
These classes are available online only.
The role of economics in the sports industry. Specifically, economics related to the business of sports, revenue sharing, profit margins and marginal revenue product. Economic theory and the tools of quantitative analysis used in management decision-making.
The law, legal issues and professional ramifications in the field of sports management.
Diversity in Sports Diversity in the field of sports in general and specifically in relationship to gender, race and various cultures.
Fiscal responsibility and financial stewardship in the field of sports management.
Capstone Experience. Integrate knowledge and skills gained from the MBA program and apply them in a real business environment. Learn how to use teamwork to solve authentic business challenges. Students must have completed 30 hours of MBA coursework.
Students can choose from the following class formats:
MBA courses are $690 per credit hour. Most courses are worth three credits. Thirty-nine credits are required to complete the MBA program. Payment is due at the start of each term. Financial aid is available.
Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a predetermined sequence. This collaborative environment accelerates learning and builds strong peer relationships that last a lifetime. We also host occasional networking events for our MBAs, which allows them to interact with other cohorts and alumni.
We facilitate a close working relationship between students and faculty. Group work is often part of the curriculum, which helps prepare students to work collaboratively in the business world. Student discussion is encouraged as the MBAs learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds.
At the end of the program, students will complete a capstone course. This class integrates the knowledge and skills gained from the MBA courses and applies them to a real business environment. Students will work as a team to solve an authentic business challenge.
Career possibilities may include: