Bachelors (BS) in Sports Management / Sports and Health

Requirements for Earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management/Sports and Health

In a sports management or sports and health degree program, students will be required to complete a core curriculum that provides a basic foundation in math, science, writing, history, and even art. These basic courses will also focus on theoretical and practical applications of sports management. These first two years of school lay the foundation for the more advanced courses they have to complete to graduate. Classes include sports management, sports marketing, accounting, business law, economics, and other related coursework.

Students who choose a health-related sports degree will focus more on the study of the physical and psychological aspects of the human body as they relate to sports, health, and wellness. Many sports management programs may also require students to complete an internship or practicum, where students apply what they’ve learned in a real-world setting. This might include working in your college athletic department, working with a sports league, or other organizations. Not all programs require this, but it can be great experience for a student to add to their resume.

Jobs for Sports Management/Sports and Health Majors

Getting your bachelor’s degree in sports management or sports and health is a great way to prepare yourself for an entry-level position in the field. While an associate’s degree will get your foot in the door, a bachelor’s degree will widen your career opportunities and allow for further advancement.

Graduates can find jobs with professional sports teams, collegiate sports programs, in private sector management, various recreational programs, and more. For those in health-related sports programs, careers are more focused on sports medicine, health, fitness, and nutrition. This degree focuses on dealing with the physical, as well as the mental, health as it pertains to sports.

Potential career paths with a bachelor’s degree in sports management or sports and health can include:

  • Professional Athletic Administrator
  • Sports Operations Manager
  • Sports Account Executive
  • College Athletic Administrator
  • Private Sector Sports Management
  • Recreational Programs Operations
  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Medicine Aid
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Sports and Fitness Nutritionist

Average Salary and Career Data

Students who earn their bachelor’s degree will not only have more career opportunities that they qualify for, they will also have the potential to earn a higher salary. According to PayScale.com and The Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates can expect to earn the following salaries. These will vary depending on location, education, setting, and experience.

  • Athletic Trainers: $32,070 – $49,250
  • Nutritionist: $41,060 – $61,790
  • Operations Manager: $40,337 – $47,596
  • Account Executive: $30,000 – $37,000

Online Sports Management Degrees

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. AU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Ave, Suite 100, Alameda, California 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org.
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.
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.
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.

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