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Sports Management Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Sports management schools prepare students to become operators of spectator sports organizations. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available in sports management.

Many colleges offer bachelor's and master's degree programs in sports management. Career titles vary, but some include professional sports scout or agent, athletic department director, team general manager, sports facility manager and sports event coordinator.

10 Schools with Sports Management Programs

The following schools offer programs in sport and fitness management or administration.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees
(2015-16)*
Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,037 in-state, $27,365 out-of-state
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's Undergrad: $6,381 in-state, $28,659 out-of-state
Grad: $12,737 in-state, $29,302 out-of-state
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's Undergrad: $13,790 in-state, $22,210 out-of-state
Grad: $17,289 in-state, $25,953 out-of-state
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4-year, Public Master's $8,872 in-state, $27,715 out-of-state
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,806 in-state, $34,676 out-of-state
Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's Undergrad: $10,176 in-state, $28,768 out-of-state
Grad: $8,656 in-state, $18,183 out-of-state
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,856 in-state, $43,476 out-of-state
University of Houston Houston, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's Undergrad: $8,759 in-state, $20,519 out-of-state
Grad: $9,074 in-state, $17,894 out-of-state
University of Georgia Athens, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $11,622 in-state, $29,832 out-of-state
Liberty University Lynchburg, VA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Postgraduate Certificate Undergrad: $20,109
Grad: $8,000

*Source: NCES College Navigator.

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for sports management schools:

  • Interested students may wish to consider the sport or sports they are interested in when choosing a program. Having knowledge of the sport in question will be important.
  • The objectives should include applying sports management skills to the workplace and coordinating sport-related events, activities and projects.
  • Schools with career counseling services and contacts with sports-related agencies are beneficial, as are internship programs.

Although degree options for sports managers are fairly prevalent, only a few schools offer postgraduate certificates. Sport management positions also include scouts, coaches, and event coordinators.

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