Sports Management Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Sports management schools prepare students for leadership and administrative positions in 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 for graduates 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: National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for sports management schools:

  • Prospective students should research if the school offers internship opportunities with organizations for sports in which they are interested.
  • Students should inquire if the program emphasizes a particular aspect of sports management, such as the global sports industry, in order to ensure that it is consistent with their career goals.
  • Applicants may want to find out if the school has student organizations that can facilitate networking events and leadership development opportunities related to the field.
  • Students who have scheduling commitments or other obligations may want to look for schools that offer courses online.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

At the bachelor's degree level, it is possible to earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Sports Management or to choose the subject as a concentration within a broader BS in Business Administration program. In these programs, students are trained in basic business concepts, such as marketing and public relations, particularly as they relate to the sports industry. Graduates may find work in sports organizations at the high school, college or professional levels.

Master's Degree Programs

Graduate students can earn a Master of Science (MS) or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in sports management. MS programs allow students to take advanced coursework in a variety of sports-related areas, such as event management, intercollegiate athletics, global analytics and sports law. MBA programs consist of a core of business courses, which students build on with specific sports-related electives. Some programs are available in part-time formats in order to meet the needs of working professionals.

Aspiring sports management professionals can get the education they need by pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree at a four-year university.

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