Sports Management Degree Programs

While some colleges and universities call the program “Sports Management” and others may call it “Sports Administration,” there are many schools in North America that offer degree programs that will train and develop students for a career in the sport industry.

While the programs may be similar, each individual school Sports Management program could have different nuisances and requirements in order to earn a degree.

Some schools offer both undergraduate and graduate Sports Management degree programs although the majority of them strictly offer undergraduate degrees.


The required curriculum of each school may vary, but they all have courses that include:

  • Business Management
  • Introduction to Sport Administration
  • Principles of Management
  • Accounting
  • Sports Marketing
  • Ethical Principles in Sport
  • Economics of Sport

In addition, depending on what area of Sports Management you are thinking about venturing into, specific courses for those fields may be offered as well including:

  • Financial Management
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Business Law
  • Advertising
  • Media Writing
  • Public Relations
  • Broadcast performance

Of course, general studies such as English, History, Mathematics, Literature and speech are also required curriculum.


As in any degree program students will be expected to keep a required grade point average (GPA) in order to earn the appropriate credits and earn your degree.

Most schools require a Core GPA of at least 2.7 and an Overall GPA of 2.5 although it may vary depending on which school you are attending.


Besides the required coursework needed to earn a Sports Management degree, most colleges and universities require that students in these programs serve an administrative internship during their senior year.

Internship requirements can be served at numerous different venues such as at a fitness center, college athletic office, local elementary, middle, or high school or college conference office.

Sometimes internships will be paid employment but the majority of the time these are unpaid except for the valuable experience you receive.

Most schools require an internship proposal to be submitted for approval first to ensure that the internship you have in mind fits the program.


Below is a linked list of many colleges and universities that offer Sports Management Degree programs.

College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

Columbia College Chicago

Corban University

Daemen College

Dakota Wesleyan University

Daniel Webster College, NH

Davenport University

Defiance College

Delaware State University

Dowling College

Duquesne University

East Carolina University

East Central University

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

East Tennessee State University

Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern New Mexico University

Elms College

Elon University

Endicott College, MA

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida International University

Florida State University

Fontbonne University

Fresno Pacific University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Glenville State College

Gonzaga University

Graceland University

Grambling State University

Grand Canyon University

Guilford College

High Point University

Indiana State University

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University, Bloomington

Ithaca College

Jacksonville University

James Madison University

Johnson & Wales University

Kennesaw State University

Kent State University

Keystone College

Kutztown University

Lancaster Bible College

Lasell College

Lees-McRae College

Lewis University

Liberty University, VA

Limestone College

Lincoln College – Normal

Lindenwood University

Lipscomb University

Livingstone University

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Loras College, IA

Loyola University, Chicago

Luther College

Lynchburg College

Lynn University

Madonna University

Marquette University

Martin Methodist College

Maryville University

McDaniel College

Medaille College

Menlo College

Mercy College

Merrimack College

Messiah College

Metropolitan State College of Denver

Michigan State University

Middle Tennessee State University

Midway College

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mississippi State University

Mount Ida College

Mount St. Mary’s University

Neumann College, PA

New York University

Niagara University

Nichols College

North Carolina State

North Central College

Northcentral University

Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies

Northern Illinois University

Northern Kentucky University

Northwestern University, School of Continuing Studies

Northwood University

Northwood University Florida Campus

Nova Southeastern University

Ohio Dominican University

Ohio Northern Universtiy

Ohio State University

Ohio University

Oklahoma City University

Old Dominion University

Olivet Nazarene University

Otterbein College

Post University

Quincy University

Radford University

Regis College

Rice University

Robert Morris College

Rogers State University

Rutgers University

Saint Augustine’s College

Saint John Fisher College

Saint Leo University, FL

Salem International University

Sam Houston State University

Schreiner University

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

Seton Hall University

Shepherd College, West Virginia

Slippery Rock University

Southeast Missouri State University

Southern Methodist University

Southern Nazarene University

Southern New Hampshire University

Southwestern Christian University

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Sport Business University

Sports Management Worldwide

Springfield College

St. Cloud State University

St. John’s University

St. Thomas University, FL

SUNY at Cortland

SUNY at Fredonia

Syracuse University

Temple University

Texas A&M

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Thomas College

Towson State University, MD

Troy University

Tusculum College

U.S. Sports Academy, AL

Union County College

University of Alabama

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

University of Central Florida (College of Business Administration)

University of Central Florida (College of Education)

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

University of Connecticut

University of Dallas Graduate School

University of Dayton

University of Delaware

University of Denver

University of Findlay

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Houston

University of Illinois

University of Indianapolis

University of Kansas

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

University of Louisville

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

University of Massachusetts

University of Memphis

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota, Crookston

University of Missouri

University of Nebraska at Kearney

University of New England

University of New Haven

University of New Mexico

University of New York – Brockport

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of Pittsburgh-Bradford

University of Saint Mary

University of San Francisco

University of South Carolina

University of South Dakota

University of Southern Indiana

University of Tampa

University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee at Chatanooga

University of Texas

University of the Incarnate Word

University of the Pacific

University of West Florida

University of West Georgia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Viterbo University

Warner Southern College

Wayne State University

West Virginia University

Western Carolina University

Western New England College, MA

Wichita State University

Widener University

Wilson College

Winthrop University

Xavier University, OH

York College of PA

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