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Online Sports Management Degree Bachelor of Science

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Register By: February 27 Classes Start: March 01

Earn an Online Sports Management Degree

  • $320/credit (120 total credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores
  • Accredited by ACBSP
  • Real-world internship experience
  • Accelerated bachelor's-to-master's pathway

Online Sports Management Degree Program Overview

Turn a passion for sports into a career with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Sport Management degree online. Our innovative bachelor’s degree program has been preparing students for careers in sports for more than 25 years.

The sports industry continues to evolve. SNHU’s online sports management degree can help you evolve with it. You’ll take a mix of business, liberal arts and sports management courses and gain valuable field experience to help you get in the game.

With a sports management degree, you’ll gain key industry knowledge that will prepare you to handle the demands of a career in sports.

Learn how to:

  • Make strategic decisions to help a sport business achieve its mission
  • Build relationships between areas of sports business
  • Apply sport management principles in an international context
  • Understand the role of social responsibility in sports business
  • Analyze social, cultural and political influences on sport businesses
  • Use coursework to solve real-world problems

Your sports management courses are designed by professionals working in the field. As a result, courses offer cutting-edge learning resources to help prepare you for success in this growing industry.

Accelerated Bachelor's-to-Master's Pathway Option: Earning a master’s degree can set you apart in a competitive field and prepare you for top sports jobs. Our accelerated BS-to-MS pathway can help you earn your degree faster.

The accelerated degree program lets you:

  • Save money: Take up to 2 graduate-level courses (6 credits) during your bachelor's program at the online undergraduate tuition rate.
  • Save time: Apply your graduate credits to your master's in sports management to complete your program in as fast as one year.

Interested in the BS-to-MS pathway? Talk with your academic advisor to make sure you meet all the academic requirements.

Career Outlook

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the sports market is projected to generate $83.1 billion in 2023 in the United States alone.1

This growth has been fueled by improvements in technology, a focus on marketing and the evolution of sport itself. In 2020, for example, the growing field of esports is projected to generate more than $1 billion of revenue worldwide.2

With an online bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University, you’ll get the business skills and sports knowledge you need to drive success for a growing sports organization.

Greg Gosselin with the text Greg Gosselin"When I first graduated with my undergraduate degree in general business, I wasn't really satisfied so I went back and got my degree in sport management," said Greg Gosselin '11, senior director of membership service and retention for the Washington Capitals hockey team. "I came (back to school) to change my career and now I work for a professional hockey team."

With an online sports management degree, you’ll gain key business skills and get important insight into the economics of sport.

After earning your degree, you’ll be positioned for rewarding sports jobs, from facilities management and event coordination to player benefits, communications and marketing.

There are many career options with a sports management degree online, including:

  • Athletic director: Lead scholastic, college or professional athletic programs and manage sports schedules and athletic services.
  • Facilities manager: Direct grounds and maintenance crews to maintain sports facility safety and appearance.
  • Guest relations specialist: Work with guests at sporting events to solve problems, address complaints and create a positive customer experience.
  • Marketing assistant: Promote a sports organization and sports events through social media, advertising and other means.
  • Promotions manager: Lead advertising programs, sales, special events and contests to increase revenue.
  • Media relations assistant: Create and maintain the reputation of a sports organization. Coordinate and assist with media coverage.
  • Sales manager: Lead an organization's sales team, setting sales goals and analyzing performance.
  • Special events coordinator: Plan and manage operations of special events for sports organizations.
  • Sports information director: Provide statistics, player details and other information about a sports organization to the media.
  • Tournament director: Coordinate sports tournaments at the scholastic, college and professional level.

Job growth and earning potential will depend on the career you seek with your degree.

For example, event planning jobs earned a median salary of $50,600 in 2019 and could grow by 7% through 2028.3 Advertising, marketing and promotions managers - important members of any sports organization - earned a median salary of $135,900 in 2019.3 Marketing jobs are expected to grow by 8% through 2028.3

Your level of education may also affect your earning potential and career growth.

Michael Newhouse-Bailey with the text Michael Newhouse-Bailey“The sport industry is very competitive and most entry level openings will have a lot of applications. A degree in the field allows a student’s resume to demonstrate that they have a skill-set based in the business of sport operations that will serve them well in the workplace,” said Michael Newhouse-Bailey, an associate dean of business at SNHU.

While a bachelor's degree is enough to start most sports management jobs, some leadership roles will require a master’s degree.

A master's in sports management can give you the skills and real-world experience you need to advance your career. The BS-to-MS pathway makes continuing your education a seamless process.

Other sports management degree options are also available. Our bachelor's in business administration degree and online MBA degrees both offer concentrations in sports management. These degrees provide a strong foundation of business and leadership knowledge you can use in a sports career.

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Courses & Curriculum

With a sport management degree from SNHU, you’ll have access to up-to-date industry knowledge taught by faculty with years of sports management experience.

The BS in Sport Management gives students a well-rounded education focused on sports-specific career skills.

Sports management courses are designed and reviewed by experts working in the field and align with current industry standards.

“A large percentage of our faculty members currently work in the sports industry and share real world experience directly with our learners,” said Michael Newhouse-Bailey, an associate dean of business at SNHU.

With an online sport management degree, you’ll explore a broad range of industry topics, including:

  • Sports marketing and sales
  • Brand management
  • Facilities management
  • Economics of sports
  • Ethics and social responsibility
  • Global sports business

General business education courses provide a strong foundation of economics, statistics, finance and more. These areas of study will serve you well in a sports management career.

With 18 elective credits available, you’ll also be able to dig deeper into sports and business topics that interest you. Courses in marketing, data analysis or finance can give you specialized experience and help you stand out in a highly competitive field.

Finding success in the sports industry also requires a number of career skills. An online sport management degree can help you develop these sought after skills, including:

  • Communication: Effectively share ideas within a sports organization, department or team.
  • Collaboration: Build and maintain valuable partnerships.
  • Analysis: Gather and review data to make strategic decisions.
  • Problem solving: Connect classroom learning and practical experience to solve real-world problems.

You'll get a chance to put these career skills into action when you finish your online sports management degree with an internship. This hands-on experience offers key on-the-job training that can help you reach your goals.

By working closely with advisors and career mentors, you'll learn to apply knowledge from your coursework to real-world scenarios.

“For the sports management program, in particular, making personal connections in your desired area of the field and having relevant prior experience can make all the difference,” said Megan Bickford, an SNHU internship administrator.

Daniel Comstock '20 said his internship was a key part of his sports management learning and helped him land a full-time job offer before graduation.

"There’s something to learn every single day – whether it’s from an athlete, whether it’s from a fellow employee, whether it’s from continuing education that you’re reading – that you can apply to your day to day life," Comstock said.

As an online sport management student, you'll also have a broad range of virtual learning opportunities. A partnership with our esports program, for example, gives sports management students the opportunity to experience this growing field.

You’ll also have access to virtual tutoring, writing services, career services and even online student clubs and organizations. Cloud-based virtual environments in some courses give you access to the technology you need for your degree.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • Business core: Revised for fall 2020, our undergraduate business programs contain 10 cutting-edge business courses. These core courses are designed to help prepare you for success wherever you go.
  • General education courses: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Show your knowledge of the materials in your program's math courses, and you could earn up to 12 math credits – at less than $50 for each course assessment.

Sport Management Internship Requirements:

  • Complete field experience(s) totaling a minimum of 300 hours
  • Field experience can be satisfied through either two internships or one internship and one practicum
  • Students will work with their advisor and a dedicated career representative to facilitate and track their internship activity
  • Additional requirements related to grades and cumulative GPA for sport management major courses
  • Internship experience must be U.S. based

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

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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