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Getting a Degree in Sports Management

Do you enjoy participating in and watching sports? Do the numerous and diverse aspects of athletics interest you? If you answered “yes” then a Degree in Sport Management can prepare you for an exciting career in the sports and athletics industry!

What Can You Do with a Sports Management Degree?

A Degree in Sport Management prepares students for positions within all sectors of the sports and athletics industry including:

  • Professional sports organizations
  • Intercollegiate athletics departments
  • Interscholastic sports
  • Non-profit sports organizations
  • Sports facility management
  • Sports Sales and Marketing
  • Sporting events management
  • Sports governance and administration
  • Sports Finance

A degree in sport management can even provide opportunities to work for yourself by starting your own business or working as a consultant.

Is a Sport Management Degree Hard?

No, a Sport Management Degree is not hard! Sports Management is an evolving field of study and a popular career field. A great Sport Management Degree program will help students gain sports industry experience through a variety of internships such as:

  • Professional sport teams
  • College athletic departments
  • Public and private sports facilities
  • Sport marketing firms
  • Municipal organizations
  • National sport organizations
  • Non-profit sport groups

A Degree in Sport Management has even expanded over recent years to encompass special interest areas such as entertainment management and athletics administration.

Sport Management may also be offered as a minor to complement programs through business or health sciences majors.

Associate Degree in Sport Management

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An Associate Degree in Sport Management is a great starting point for those interested in sports and athletics as a career. Earning an Associate Degree in Sport Management can set one on a successful career path and prepare for further education and career advancement.

Jobs with an Associate Degree in Sport Management

  • Coach- Teach amateur or professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport. Average annual salary: $35,000.
  • Scout- Search for talented athletes for various organizations. Average annual salary: $35,000.
  • Umpire, referee, or other sports official- Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Including sporting officials, referees, and competition judges. Average annual salary: $39,000.

Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management

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Students can earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management and minor in a wide variety of specialties including marketing, broadcasting, communications, and
event management. Conversely, many undergraduate degree programs will offer a minor in sport management to complement a wide variety of majors from business, to communications, and even pre-law.

While earning a bachelor’s degree at an accredited school,  a student should seek experience and even on-the-job training through meaningful internships. Internships should be offered through a wide variety of organizations including public and private entities.

Jobs with a Bachelor’s in Sport Management

  • Sports correspondent – Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy sports and athletics events by interview, investigation, and observation for newspapers, news magazines, radio, or television. Average annual salary: $52,000.
  • Sports and athletics public relations specialist – Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. Average annual salary: $58,000.
  • Athletic agent – Represent and promote athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers. Average annual salary: $91,000.

Master’s Degree in Sport Management

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A Master’s in Sport Management would include at least one specialty focus such as education, marketing, athletics administration, etc. Those earning a master’s degree can continue in their current career path with additional earning power, undertake leadership roles, or transition into postsecondary positions.

Jobs with a Master’s Degree in Sport Management

  • Postsecondary teacher-Instructor for sport management classes. Average annual salary: $80,000.
  • Postsecondary athletic administrator- Work for public and private schools leading the school’s athletic department. Average annual salary: $95,000.

Is a Sport Management Degree worth it?

Absolutely, a Sport Management Degree is worth it! Ready to start your Degree in Sport Management? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools!

Cairn University

Offers a Bachelor’s in Sport Management and a Dual Degree Program with a Bachelor’s in Sport Management with an MBA. Cairn is a Yellow Ribbon school

Loyola University Chicago

Offers a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Sport Management. Loyola Chicago also offers Ph.D. in Sociology. Loyola University Chicago is a Yellow Ribbon school.

University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)

Offers a Certificate in Sport Leadership and Management, a Graduate Certificate in College Sports Leadership, and a Master of Education in Intercollegiate and Professional Sports Management.   UNLV has GI Bill-approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. UNLV is a MyCAA-approved school and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. UNLV is a Yellow Ribbon school.

University of Southern Maine

Offers a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management.  The University of Southern Maine is a Yellow Ribbon school.

Viterbo University

Offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Sport Management and Leadership. Viterbo is a Yellow Ribbon school.

Saint Peter’s University

Offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport, Event & Hospitality Management. Saint Peter’s is a Yellow Ribbon school.

Evangel University

Offers a Bachelor’s in Sport Management. Evangel is a Yellow Ribbon school.

 

*All average annual salaries adapted and calculated from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. For more information click here.

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.