MBA, Sports Management

Study Format Online, On Campus

This two-year MBA is offered in these three formats:

  • 100% online
  • 100% on campus
  • Blend of online and on-campus classes.
Program Length 39 credits, 2 years


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Do you have a passion for sports? Turn that passion into an exciting career with an MBA in sports management from Concordia University Chicago! The sports industry in both 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. Concordia-Chicago's 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%, faster than average. Sports agent/manager is projected to grow 12%, as fast as average. Sports marketing manager is projected to grow 13%, as fast as average.

Salaries can range widely:

  • 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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