MBA in Sports Management

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.

Learning Objectives:

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.

Career Outlook:

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:

  • The 2012 median pay for sports agents was $101,380. (Source: BLS)
  • The 2012 median pay for sports promoters was $67,370.(Source: BLS) 

Career Possibilities:

  • Sports Media
  • Sports Administration
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Operations
  • Events Management

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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

Core Courses

These classes are available in the classroom or online.

MGT-6200 Global Managerial and Organizational Behavior

Examine interpersonal behavior related to organizational performance. Behavioral science motivation, social perception, group decision making, ethical leadership and multicultural behavior.

ACC-6200 Financial Accounting and Analysis

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.

MKT-6100 Marketing Design and Strategy

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.

ECO-6100 Managerial Economics

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.

MGT-6600 Seminar in Descriptive Statistics

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.

MGT-6400 Ethical Strategic Leadership

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.

ECO-6200 Macroeconomic Analysis

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.

MGT-6510 Management of Human Resources

Analyze policies in human resource management and organizational design, recruitment, selection hiring, development promotion and incentive based pay.

MGT-6100 Operations Management

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.

Concentration Courses

These classes are available online only.

SPML-6020 The Economics of Sports

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.

SPML-6010 The Essentials of the Law in Sports

The law, legal issues and professional ramifications in the field of sports management.

SPML-6060 Level the Playing Field

Diversity in Sports Diversity in the field of sports in general and specifically in relationship to gender, race and various cultures.

SPML-6040 Sport Finance

Fiscal responsibility and financial stewardship in the field of sports management.

Capstone Experience

MGT-6990 Cases in Financial Analysis 

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.

Length and Format

Students can choose from the following class formats:

  • Part-time (in the classroom), two years
  • Online, two years

Course Schedule

  • Part-time: Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.
  • Online: Students complete all coursework and discussions online. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.

Tuition

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.

Cohort Format

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.

Class Size

  • Average class size: 15
  • Maximum class size: 25 (15 online)

In the Classroom

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.

Project Work

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.

On-campus Environment

  • Full-service library: Our staff is eager to help you find the resources you need.
  • Study areas: There are various places around campus for group meetings or studying.
  • Wifi: Classrooms and study areas are wifi accessible.
  • Information Technology Services: Our technology staff provides personal attention and prompt care for software, hardware and networking needs.
  • Print Services: Exists to serve students, faculty and staff with their printing and copying needs.
  • Gymnasium, tennis courts, running track and workout facilities: All students have access to on-campus workout facilities.
  • Restaurants: There is a full-service cafeteria available to students as well as a grab-n-go café.
  • Vibrant community: The River Forest and Oak Park area is a lively community filled with restaurants, retail stores, museums and other attractions.
  • Transportation: The Concordia-Chicago campus is accessible via the CTA’s green line train and is minutes from I-290.

 

Career possibilities may include:

  • Sports Media
  • Sports Administration
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Operations
  • Events Management