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

Sep 15, 2019

Some of the best sports management programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Read extended profiles of three of these schools, including their programs and ranking details.

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  • 0:04 School Overviews
  • 0:40 Endicott College in Beverly
  • 1:20 The University of Tampa
  • 2:03 Hampton University
  • 2:30 Top Sports Management Programs

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Top Sports Management Colleges

Sport management programs prepare students to work as managers for various professional and recreational sports teams. Learn about several top schools in the United States with degree opportunities in the field. Some of the best schools in the country that offer bachelor's degrees in sport management have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report. The curricula of these programs include classes in marketing and sales, sports law and history, and sports media. Completion of at least one internship is required. These schools' programs in sport management have been approved by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).

Endicott College in Beverly

The sport management program at Endicott College is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, is a liberal arts school that was tied at #23 for regional universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report for 2020. The School of Sport Science and Fitness Studies offers a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. Students take classes in philosophy and sport, median and sport, sport promotion and marketing, managerial leadership, and sports law. Graduates complete three internships during their studies at Endicott.

The University of Tampa

The sport management program at the University of Tampa is also accredited by COSMA. The University of Tampa (UT) in Florida was ranked tied for #17 in the regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report for 2020. Coursework in the sport management bachelor's program includes sports history, event and venue management, economics, finance, and media relations. The bachelor's degree includes a 6-12-credit hour internship with a sports organization. The university is positioned in the downtown Bay-area, which is home to a number of major college and professional sporting teams and students are given the opportunity to network with many of them.

Hampton University

The sport management program at Hampton University includes both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science. Hampton University in Virginia was tied at #34 for top performers on social mobility by U.S. News and World Report for 2020. The sports management program covers coursework in sport finance and economics, business communication, and marketing. Students must also complete an internship before graduation.

Best Schools for Sports Management

There are many more top schools that offer education in sport management.

College/University Name Distinction Location
Pepperdine University Has a sport administration program with interdisciplinary study, covering business, communications, laws, and more. Malibu, CA
SUNY College at Cortland Has a hands-on sport management program that requires students to complete 120 hours of fieldwork in addition to an internship. Cortland, NY
University of California - Santa Barbara Tied for #34 on U.S. News & World Report's 2020 list of national universities. Santa Barbara, CA
University of Florida Students are required to complete a full semester of internship, and optional practicum placements are available. Gainesville, FL
University of Miami Offers an undergraduate, graduate, and minor program in sport administration. Coral Gables, FL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ranked #25 among all national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2020. Ann Arbor, MI
University of Texas at Austin For 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university tied for #14 among top public schools. Austin, TX

A bachelor's in sport management can be found at a number of top schools in the country, with some of the best offered through Endicott College, the University of Tampa, and Hampton University.

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