The B.S. in Sports Management is designed for those who are interested in sports management, coaching, and administration in collegiate, community, or high school sports. This online bachelor’s degree arms you with an improved understanding of sports administration, coaching theory and strategy, and business skills such as marketing, promotion, public relations, finance, and sports law. This degree program is an ideal choice for you as you pursue a career as an interscholastic or intercollegiate coach, sports manager, or front-office manager.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Describe the impact of legal principles and considerations in sport management on the decision-making process for sport managers.
  • Apply management principles, concepts, and practices associated with the operations and maintenance of sports and recreation facilities.
  • Appraise sociological, historical, political, and philosophical aspects of sport.
  • Examine ethical practices, procedures, and decision-making models used in sports management professions.
  • Apply financial management principles and concepts to managing a sports organization and facility.
  • Analyze the dimensions of specific sport marketing plans and strategies.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required36
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements51
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following: 16
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
ECON101Microeconomics3
ECON102Macroeconomics3
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
ACCT105Accounting for Non Accounting Majors3
Science (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (36 semester hours)

LSTD209Sports Law, Risk, and Regulation3
SPHE316Sports and Recreation Facility Management3
SPHE326Ethics in Sports3
SPHE379Contemporary and Social Issues in Sport3
SPHE400Sports Management Foundations3
SPHE412Sports Finance3
SPHE413Sports Marketing3
SPHE416Athletic Programs Administration3
SPHE430Sports Communication3
SPHE440Sports Event Management and Planning3
SPHE450Sports Governance3
SPHE455Ticket Sales Management3
Total Semester Hours36

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

SPHE491Senior Seminar in Sports Management (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements ( 51 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.