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

Some of the best schools in the country offer sport management programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Read extended profiles of three of these schools, including their programs and ranking details. View article »

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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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School Overviews

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 media relations. 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 endorsed by both the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the North American Society for Sport Management. Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts is a liberal arts school that was tied at #51 for regional universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. 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.

The University of Tampa

The sport management program at the University of Tampa serves more than 250 students. The University of Tampa (UT) in Florida was ranked #21 in the regional universities in the south by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Coursework in the sport management bachelor's program includes sports history, stadium management, economics, finance, and media relations. The bachelor's degree includes a 12-credit hour internship with a sports organization. The University of Tampa program has been approved by North America Society for Sport Management, and the university is positioned in the downtown Bay-area, which is home to a number of major college and professional sporting teams.

Hampton University

The sport management program at Hampton University is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. Hampton University in Virginia was tied at #18 for regional universities in the south by U.S. News and World Report in 2016. This school offers students a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, which covers coursework in sports and business. Students must also complete an internship before graduation.

Top Sports Management Programs

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 #37 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of national universities. Santa Barbara, CA
University of Florida Students have access to three research centers, including the Sport Policy and Research Collaborative and the Innovative Research Initiatives in Sport Events. Gainesville, FL
University of Miami Offers an undergraduate, graduate and minor program in sport administration. Coral Gables, FL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ranked #27 among all national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Ann Arbor, MI
University of Texas at Austin In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university #18 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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