Sport Management

Bachelor of Science

Sport Management

Bachelor of Science

Program Overview

The curriculum provides the student with academic preparation and practical training in sport settings. The Sport Management degree is designed to provide students with rich, comprehensive, and challenging curriculum that encompasses the major fields of study in sport that prepares them for a career in sports. The Sport Management program is designed to meet the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) accreditation standards (though is not accredited through COSMA as yet). The Sport Management program culminates with a 90 hour (3 credits) internship experience to provide practical experience in a sport setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the functions of management (planning, organizing, leading, evaluating) as they pertain to sport.
  • Apply leadership theories as they relate to sport settings.
  • Analyze the cultural, social, and psychological impacts of sport on society.
  • Identify ethical values and diversity issues inherent in sport management settings.
  • Explain financial concepts relevant to operating a sport organization.
  • Evaluate the communication process as it pertains to internal and external sport publics.

Why Study This Program?

The Sport Management degree provides students with a rich, comprehensive, and challenging curriculum that encompasses the major fields of study in sport management. Sport is one of the leading U.S. industries and offers a wide variety of career opportunities for sports enthusiasts.

Experiences & Opportunities

  • Students learn from credentialed faculty who have extensive background in sport management.
  • Small class sizes for extra attention and focus from experienced faculty.
  • Student recreation and intramural participation.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Volunteer opportunities with local sport entities.
  • Attendance at professional development conferences.
  • Research projects specific to your area of interest in sport management.
  • Campus involvement opportunities.


A career in Sport Management involves any combination of the following skills whose primary product or service is related to sport or physical activity: Planning, organizing, directing, controlling, budgeting, leading, and evaluating. Sport management graduates may find employment in a wide variety of careers such as:

  • Account executive for professional teams
  • Athletic conference administration
  • Business management
  • Conference office administration
  • Corporate administration
  • Fundraising administration
  • Marketing director with professional or intercollegiate athletics departments
  • Professional sport or collegiate administration
  • Sales representatives for sporting goods companies
  • Sport facility management
  • Public / Community or media relations with professional teams

Required Coursework

Foundation Courses (18 credit hours)
BUS 101 – Financial Accounting
BUS 102 – Managerial Accounting
BUS 203 – Principles of Marketing
BUS 205 – Principles of Management
ECO 107 – Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 108 – Principles of Microeconomics

Core Courses (36 credit hours)
SPM 201 – Introduction to Sport Management
SPM 301 – History and Philosophy of Sport
SPM 302 – Professional Ethics in Sport and Business
SPM 303 – Sociology of Sport
SPM 304 – Sport Marketing
SPM 305 – Media and Public Relations in Sport
SPM 306 – Sport Law/ Risk Management
SPM 400 – Sport in Global Society
SPM 401 – Sport Governance
SPM 402 – Financial Issues in Sport
SPM 403 – Sport Facility and Event Management
SPM 404 – Leadership in Sport


Senior Coursework
SPM 491 – Senior Internship

Sport Management students are required to facilitate a professional Internship during their senior year. The internship experience is unique to each student based on their specific interest in sport management. Previous students have interned with the following organizations:  

  • Bloomington US Cellular Coliseum
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Gateway Grizzlies Professional Baseball LLC
  • Illinois State University Athletics
  • Iowa Cubs Baseball
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Lincoln College Athletics
  • Normal CornBelter’s Baseball
Program Contact

Dr. Zachary Beldon
Lead Faculty, Sport Management
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 217-735-7325