2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sport Management [SPMG]

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The degree in sport management is focused on the business and governance of sport as it applies to sport organizations in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. The B.A. and B.S. degrees in sport management are designed to allow for validation with the appropriate academic accrediting body in North America, the Commission on Sport Management (COSMA), a joint commission created by the North American Society for Sport Management and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. For more information, contact the Sport Management Department .

Admission Requirements

  1. Acceptance to the major is highly competitive and is dependent on space availability and the candidate’s academic record, behavioral and professional background. Admission to the major is limited and application does not guarantee admission.
  2. Students wishing to major in sport management must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to be considered. Meeting this minimum standard does not guarantee admission into the program, since the admission process is competitive.
  3. Students wishing to become majors by internally transferring from another major must submit a portfolio that includes:
    a) a change of major form
    b) a copy of their academic record
    c) a personal resume
    d) a personal statement explaining their interest in the major relative to their future academic and professional career interests.
  4. All student portfolios will be reviewed by a committee comprised of sport management faculty prior to any final decision on acceptance is made.
  5. Students may be required to complete an additional interview with department faculty.
  6. Students will be notified in writing of their acceptance, their conditional acceptance or their rejection. Students who are not accepted may reapply in a future semester.
  7. A declaration of interest in the SPMG major does not guarantee acceptance for a student.
  8. Applications are reviewed in the fall (application deadline is Oct. 1) and in the spring (application deadline is March 1) prior to course registration for the following semester.

Requirements for Sport Management Majors Seeking a Bachelor of Arts

A student can earn a B.A. by fulfilling the same professional requirements along with the addition of a foreign language (0-12 credit hours) for a total of 90 liberal arts credit hours.

Career Potential

  • Sports marketing director
  • Director of media relations
  • Event/venue manager – Olympic Games
  • Regional sales manager – sport product company

A. General Education and Liberal Arts: 37 credit hours

General Education Courses: 28 credit hours

C. SPMG Professional Electives: 3 credit hours minimum

E. Required LASR Courses: 12 credit hours

F. Other Required Management and Economics Foundation: 15 credit hours

G. Free Electives: 3 credit hours

Students may elect to use their free electives for one of the concentrations listed in section H below.

H. Optional Concentrations in Sport Management: 12 credit hours

Courses used to satisfy completion of concentration cannot also be used to satisfy three credit hour SPM professional elective requirement (see section C).

1. Sport Facilities and Event Management: 12 credit hours

2. Sport Media and Technology Concentration: 12 credit hours

3. Sport Sales and Marketing Concentration: 12 credit hours

4. International Sport Management Concentration: 12 credit hours

5. Sport Videography Concentration: 12 credit hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120

Example of the bachelor’s degree in Sport Management over four years

This is a proposed four-year course sequence for the B.S.

Second Year Total credit hours: 32

General Education (10 cr. hr.)

Third Year Total credit hours: 31

Professional electives (6 cr. hr.)
General Education (9 cr. hr.)
Concentration/free lectives (6 cr. hr.)

Fourth Year Total credit hours: 24-30

Any 300 or 400 level course with an ECO or MGT prefix (3 cr. hr.)
Concentration/free electives (6 cr. hr.)

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