Associates (AA) in Sports Management

Requirements for Earning an Associate’s Degree in Sports Management

Associate’s degree programs in sports management include basic classes in this field, including business management, leadership, and communications. Every program is different, but many also offer general elective courses to students, so expect to take basic math, science, writing, social science, and art/music classes to get a more well-rounded education. Programs typically take 18 months to two years to complete.

Classes prepare students for entry-level positions and provide a foundation for getting an advanced degree. Obtaining an associate’s degree can help prepare students for enrollment in a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management or even a Master of Science in Sports Management later in their career.

Jobs for Sports Management Majors

The types of jobs students qualify for with an associate’s degree in sports management vary according to employer, but as an entry-level worker, students can expect to do typical office work, as well as work on teams headed by more experienced employees.

Average Salary and Career Data

One of the quickest ways to get into the sports management field is to get an associate’s degree. While this level of education does not qualify students for the highest-salary positions in sports management, it allows them to pursue entry-level jobs in the sports and recreation industry. With this degree, students can apply for work at:

  • Sports agencies
  • Sports foundations
  • Sports-related associations
  • Colleges and universities

As students work in this field, they not only gain valuable work experience, but they can also return to school to pursue an advanced degree, which will qualify them for higher-paying positions.

According to reports, the average employee in the sports management field makes around $50,000 per year. The exact range students can expect varies greatly depending on their job title.

Online Sports Management Degrees

Ohio University — Ohio University has two online degrees in Sports Management: MS in Athletic Administration and MS in Coaching Education. OHU has over 35,000 current students enrolled with sports and student organizations available and almost 5,000 total employees. OHU is located in Athens, Ohio, just southwest of the capital, Columbus.
Southern New Hampshire University — While an undergraduate degree is required, the MBA and MS of Sports Management from South New Hampshire University can be completed in less than two years, making it a quick way to propel your career forward. Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, the main campus has WiFi, an Olympic pool, and even an art gallery.
St. Leo University — The MBA degree in sports business from St. Leo University will give its students a thorough understanding of teamwork, ethics, communication, and management within a sport and recreation environment. Students often go on to pursue jobs in professional sports, fitness facilities, retailers, franchises, and athletic departments. Curriculum is designed to reflect the current best practices and standards with in the industry.
Ashford University — Your BA in Sports and Recreation Management or Marketing degree can be completed entirely online, and you can transfer up to 90 credits, accelerating the process further. Ashford University was founded almost 100 years ago and its online division includes over 30 degrees at the associate, bachelor, and master level.
Northcentral University — Northcentral University offers online programs for an EdD or PhD in Sports Management which prepares students for high profile and leadership positions. Founded in 1978 in Prescott Valley, Arizona, NCU is now the school of choice for over 10,000 students who are active in school events and organizations.
Liberty University — The focus of Liberty University's MS in Sports Management is how organizational skills and leadership plays a role in sports organizations and athletic programs. The program can be completed in less than two years and up to six credit hours can be transferred. However, you will need an undergrad degree in order to enroll.
Salem International University — For a practical approach to your education with hands-on training and career-oriented curriculum, Salem International University provides an online degree for the BSBA in Sports and Recreation Management program. SIU's 100 acre campus is located in Salem, West Virginia and was originally established as Salem College in 1888, creating a long list of traditions and a rich student experience.
Tiffin University — TIffin University's MBA program in sports management prepares its students for management positions in recreational, collegiate, and professional sports. The main focus of the program is on developing skills in communication, leadership, IT, and problem solving.
Capella University — Students enrolled in Capella University's online MS in psychology with a specialization in sport psychology – offered through the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences – learn how psychological principles affect amateur and professional athletes, as well as team motivation, stress management and injury recovery.

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