If you have a passion for sports, as a participant or fan, earning your BS in Sport Management at Southern New Hampshire University can help turn your passion into a career. The sport management major can prepare you for a successful career in the dynamic sports industry. A curriculum of sport management, business and liberal arts courses – combined with valuable sports-related field experiences – gives you a solid foundation for a sport management career. Our sport management major graduates have found career opportunities in professional sports, sports and fitness clubs, golf clubs, ski areas, education, the media and community recreation organizations.
Sport is the sixth-leading industry in the United States, with about $252 billion in annual revenue. The growth of sports as a major industry has increased the need and opportunity for well-trained professional managers. As an undergraduate sport management major, you'll emerge from the degree program with a well-rounded business education and the sport management skills essential in this rapidly growing field. Your coursework and field experience will expand your expertise in:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your bachelor's degree in sport management at SNHU include:
With your BS in Sport Management degree in hand, you’ll have a variety of career options. Many with degrees in the field of sports management find careers in the areas of marketing, sales and administration. After earning your Sport Management degree, you may find career opportunities in the sports and recreation sector as a:
Graduates of SNHU’s sport management programs have enjoyed success at a range of sports-related organizations, including:
Job opportunities in athletic management, marketing, sales, public relations and other positions are expected to grow, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For example, it is projected that the employment of public relations specialists will increase 15 percent by 2020.
The BS in Sport Management curriculum focuses on the skills you'll need to realize your career goals. The curriculum includes a core of nine sport management courses as well as business and liberal arts courses, providing you with a well-rounded background.
The sport management major curriculum culminates in a six-credit sport management internship taken over two terms. This opportunity enables you to earn practical experience in a variety of sports, fitness and recreational industries, so you can apply what you've learned in the classroom.
Free elective Credits: 15
This introductory course emphasizes the management principles related to the business of sports. It includes personnel, programs, marketing, media, financial management and an overview of career possibilities in this growing field. Offered every semester.
This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the role of governance structures and management in sport organizations. The primary aim is to familiarize students with a basic understanding of organizational structures used in the management and governance of sport. Topics and issues discussed will involve organizational theory, behavior, and governance structures used in amateur, professional, and international sport organizations; and to provide students with an overview of the sport industry, and the issues encountered by managers of sport organizations and how management techniques can be applied to effectively address these issues.
Students study current sports marketing problems and apply marketing techniques to develop an effective sports marketing plan. Offered every semester. Writing Intensive Course.
This course examines the major issues and controversies of sport in society. Students will develop an appreciation of the ways sport in society contributes to analyzing and understanding human behavior in sports contexts; and a basic understanding of the theories and principles related to socio-cultural issues and ethics and morality in the sport industry.
This course serves as the capstone course for the sport management major and concentration. Students will apply the knowledge and skills obtained from courses in order to solve problems that a sport manager is likely to encounter. Instructor permission required.
This closely supervised on-the-job training combines classroom theory with business experience. Students spend one semester working in an environment where sport management practices and principles can be learned firsthand.
Select one of the following:
This course examines the legal issues prominent in the world of sport. The legal liability and responsibilities of coaches, athletic administrators, and sport managers at the professional, college and community levels will be discussed.
The elements of managing sport facilities, including arenas, stadiums and athletic complexes, form the content of this course. Offered every semester.
This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the many traditional and innovative revenue acquisition methods available to sport organizations. Students will be exposed to conventional income sources, including tax support, ticket sales, concessions and fund raising, and will examine more recent innovations related to licensing sport products, media sales and corporate sponsorship. Offered as needed.
Select two of the following (not previously taken):
This experiential learning course provides students with the opportunity to actively participate in their personal and professional development. Through actively participating in the learning process, students will enhance their experience and understanding of the corporate sponsorship sales process specifically in the areas of proposal development, research and analysis, solicitation/sales, contracts, evaluation and servicing/managing.
This course provides a cross-disciplinary approach to a variety of marketing, sales and promotions issues that confront sport managers. Offered every semester.
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of media and public relations in the sport industry. The primary aim is to familiarize students with media relations, public relations, and community relations in sport organizations and how these areas are integrated into the field of sport and the engagement of interdisciplinary thinking.
This course will provide specific information about personal fitness. Topics include the purchase and use of fitness equipment and staffing and management concerns for club, corporate and collegiate settings. A $25 lab fee is required to cover CPR certification. Offered every semester.
Golf Management will prepare students for a career in one of the most rapidly growing industries in the United States. Golf and business are intertwined. Golf is a business comprised of equipment, apparel, golf courses, travel, real estate development and many other aspects. The combination of classroom instruction, outside speakers and on-site visits will prepare a student to enter this growing field. Offered as needed. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
This seminar combined with field experience will provide an opportunity to apply theories, concepts, and terminology into a practical experience in the field of sport management. Specifically, this experience will provide the student with a mentor and colleagues to learn about management, leadership, decision making, communication, customer service, and to develop as a future professional in the field. Students are required to complete satisfactory work under the direct supervision of a qualified professional and attend scheduled practicum seminars.
This experiential learning course contains the most important information a student needs to know about the field of Sport Event Management, from designing an event to planning and integrated marketing campaign, to negotiating contracts, and supplier agreements. This course will prepare the student to be able to understand and apply the key techniques; understand and utilize those skills related to negotiations and contracts with sponsors, suppliers, and insurance companies; comprehend and implement an integrated approach to marketing that considers every kind of medium; and strategies of how to acquire funding for sport events. Instructor permission required.
This course will explore why and how sport licensing is used effectively in the global business of sport. Both theoretical and applied perspectives will be used. The course will examine the strategic rational and different forms of sports licensing and how sport managers can use sport licensing to lead their companies to achieve growth and other key objectives. Course content will include examining US and international sport leagues and how they administer their licensing programs. The course will cover the process of identification of licensing opportunities, selection of business partners, process of establishing a license agreement, international licensing and the management of licensing relationships. In addition, students will be introduced to strategic alliances with an emphasis on why and how domestic and international alliances may be used to achieve sport enterprise objectives. Global marker.
This course will provide an overall understanding of the operation of a professional sports franchise from a practical real-world perspective. The course will emphasize the various business disciplines of operating a professional sports team with a special emphasis on marketing functions.
You also have the option of earning your bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in just three years through our innovative Degree in Three program. Combining traditional classroom studies with unique out-of-classroom learning experiences, Degree in Three lets you:
An education from Southern New Hampshire University is a smart investment for your future. It's an affordable investment, too. We believe that college should change your life, not break the bank. That's why more than 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. (This scholarship amount is only for students who do not need a visa to study in the U.S.)
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This program is accredited by both NEASC and ACBSP.