2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2020-21 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.S. in sport management is designed to allow for validation with the appropriate academic accrediting body in North America, the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (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 .

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate the fundamental principles of the sport management field such as but not limited to strategic management, sport marketing, sport finance, sport media and sport law.
  2. Distinguish the key concepts and procedures related to ethical "good practice" and conduct to situations that are specific to sport.                               
  3. Compose a variety of oral and written business communications styles.
  4. Students will show an understanding for individual differences and appreciate the benefits of all dimensions of diversity including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, age, physical differences, sexual orientation, race, and religion                                                                                                   
  5. Illustrate their competence to utilize current technology to perform vital tasks within the sport business realm.         
  6. Apply critical thinking skills to apply course content to practical scenarios and projects.                                                                                  
  7. Develop practical experience within the sport industry through fieldwork that demonstrates the fundamental sport management core courses. 

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in CAP 100, or

COM 100, 210, 230, 300, or
ECO 111, 221, 366, or
EXS 201, 290, 345, 410, 420, 450, or
MAT 201, or
MGT 250, 253, 254, or
PED 434, or
PSY 101, 201, or
SPM 100-599

  • Sport Management Major Requirements
    • 75 credits in CAP 100, or

COM 100, 210, 230, 300, or
ECO 111, 221, 366, or
EXS 201, 290, 345, 410, 420, 450, or
MAT 201, or
MGT 250, 253, 254, or
PED 434, or
PSY 101, 201, or
SPM 100-599

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.
  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.

Career Potential

  • Sports marketing
  • Media relations
  • Event/venue manager
  • Sport governing body
  • Sport sales
  • Collegiate sports

A. General Education and Liberal Arts: 33 credit hours

General Education Courses: 24 credit hours

C. SPMG Professional Electives: 6 credit hours minimum or select a concentration

At least three credit hours must be at the 300 level or above. Select a concentration for 12 credit hours or 6 credit hours for professional electives.

E. Required LASR Courses: 12 credit hours

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

G. Free Electives: 3-15 credit hours

3 credit hours if students choose a concentration (see Section H); 15 credit hours if no concentration is chosen. At least 3 credit hours must be 300 level or above.

H. Optional Concentrations in Sport Management: 12 credit hours

1. Intercollegiate Administration Concentration [SPMG_IAC]: 12 credit hours

2. International Sport Management Concentration [SPMG_ISMC]: 12 credit hours

3. Sport Facilities and Event Management Concentration [SPMG_SFEM]: 12 credit hours

5. Sport Sales and Marketing Concentration [SPMG_SSMC]: 12 credit hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 121

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

 General Education (GE); Foreign Language

Total credit hours for semester 16

First Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester 15

Total credit hours for semester 14

Second Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester 16

Third Year Fall

Total credit hours for semester 15

Third Year Spring

Total credit hours for semester 15

Fourth Year Fall

Total credit hours for semester 16

Total credit hours for semester 15

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