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Undergraduate Major Sport Management (BS)

Get in the Game as a Sport Management Major at SNHU

If you have a passion for sports, as a participant or fan, earning your Bachelor of Science 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.

If you are interested in taking this program online, see our Online Bachelor’s in Sport Management.

See Yourself Succeed in Sport Management

In 2014, the sports market in North America was worth $60.5 billion. Current projections by PriceWaterhouseCooper expect it to reach $73.5 billion by 2019. 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 the field. Your coursework and field experience will expand your expertise in:

  • Employing written and oral communication to educate and persuade audiences
  • Using critical and creative thinking to handle sport management issues individually and in a team Utilizing marketing techniques and creating marketing plans
  • Identifying key legal issues and responsibilities in the sports world
  • Understanding human behavior and sociocultural issues in a sports context Managing a variety of sports facilities
  • Utilizing traditional and new methods for generating sports revenue
  • Putting sport management practices into action in real-world settings

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:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success
  • Affordability. SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire, 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.)
  • Innovative programs. Study abroad at little or no extra cost
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, N.H., named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine

Internships & Outcomes

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:

  • Marketing assistant
  • Sales manager
  • Media relations assistant
  • Special events coordinator
  • Promotions manager
  • Guest relations specialist
  • Tournament director
  • Sports information director
  • Athletic director
  • Facilities manager

Graduates of SNHU's sport management programs have enjoyed success at a range of sports-related organizations, including:

  • Boston Bruins
  • Boston Celtics
  • United States Olympic Committee
  • Manchester Monarchs
  • New Hampshire Fisher Cats
  • Reebok
  • America East Conference
  • Northeast-10 Conference
  • Eastern College Athletic Conference
  • YMCAs
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Gunstock Ski Area
  • New Hampshire Golf Association

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 grow by 6% from 2014 to 2024.

Curriculum

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. 

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in sport management program includes:

  • General education
  • Business core
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

All undergraduate students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

Business Core Program

Programs in the School of Business require learners to complete the business core program, which includes a variety of business-specific courses. This program focuses on 10 core competencies to prepare you for success wherever you go.

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Campus Undergraduate Costs

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.

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