Top Schools with Sports Management Programs in the U.S.

Some of the best schools in the country offer sports management programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Read extended profiles of two of these schools, including their programs and ranking details.

School Overviews

Both of the following top schools offer bachelor's degrees in sports management and have been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report. The curricula of both programs include classes in marketing and sales, sports law and history, and media relations; completion of at least one internship is required by both programs. Both of the following schools' programs in sports management have been approved by the North American Society for Sports Management (NASSM). Read on for more information about these highly regarded programs, and check out the list of additional schools at the end of the article.

1. Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts

School Highlight: The sports management program is endorsed by both the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the North American Society for Sport Management.

Endicott College is a liberal arts school that was tied at 74 among Regional Universities (North) by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The School of Sport Science and Fitness Studies offers a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management; students take classes in philosophy and psychology of sport, marketing and sales, public speaking and relations, and sports law. Graduates complete three internships during their studies at Endicott.

2. The University of Tampa in Florida

School Highlight: The sports management program serves more than 250 students at the University of Tampa.

The University of Tampa (UT) was ranked #24 in the Regional Universities - South category by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Coursework in the sports management bachelor's program includes sports history, stadium management, economics, finance, and media relations. The bachelor's degree includes a 12-credit hour internship for a sports organization. The UT program has been approved by NASSM, and the university is positioned in the downtown Bay-area, which is home to a number of major college and professional sporting teams.

Top Sports Management Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
Hampton University The sports management program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. Hampton, VA
Pepperdine University The school's sports administration program is interdisciplinary, covering business, communications, laws and more. Malibu, CA
SUNY College at Cortland The hands-on sports management program requires students to complete 120 hours of fieldwork in addition to an internship. Cortland, NY
University of California - Santa Barbara UCSB tied for 40 on U.S. News & World Report 2015 list of national universities. Santa Barbara, CA
University of Florida Students have access to five research centers, including the Sport Policy and Research Collaborative and the Innovative Research Initiatives in Sport Events. Gainesville, FL
University of Miami The school offers an undergraduate, graduate and minor program in sports administration. Coral Gables, FL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor U-M ranked #29 among all national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Ann Arbor, MI
University of Texas at Austin In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university #17 among top public schools. Austin, TX

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