Slippery Rock University’s undergraduate Sport Management Program began in 1976. During an average academic year the program assists roughly 170 majors and helps place interns in a variety of locations nationally and internationally. Sports is a global industry and offers numerous career opportunities for sport management graduates.
What Is Sport Management?
Sport management is estimated to be a $350 billion dollar industry, more than twice the size of the auto industry, making it one of the top ten largest industries in the United States. A wide variety of opportunity exists in many areas, including management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, communications and community relations. Sport-related knowledge can bring a unique aspect to not only the sports industry but to businesses as well.
What Career Opportunities are There?
The Slippery Rock Sport Management Program places interns in hundreds of locations nationally and internationally. The internship is a 12 credit/480 hour experience for undergraduate students. This is a culminating activity and has been proven to be mutually beneficial to the students, as well as the host organizations. In many cases, this learning endeavor provides students with the opportunity to be retained by the host organization on a permanent basis. SRU students have extended the institution’s network across the United States and beyond. The Aberdeen IronBirds, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Soccer Institute, Woodstock Golf and Country Club of Ireland, New South Wales Olympic Council of Australia and Salt Lake Organizing Committee have all welcomed Slippery Rock’s finest sport management students. Clear Channel Entertainment currently employs several SRU graduates. As the system of SRU graduates spreads across the sport workplace, the career and internship possibilities expand for future SRU students.
Does Slippery Rock Have any Sudent Organizations?
The Sport Management Alliance (SMA) is a student-run organization dedicated to enhancing the professional development of future sport managers. While education is a vital ingredient to achieving success, the SMA provides Sport Management majors with outside university experiences. Students are able to meet academics and practitioners in the sport management field through attending conferences such as the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).
Recently the Slippery Rock Sport Mangement Alliance created a new program to meet the various needs of first year students. The Student Mentor Program (SMP) pairs a first year student with an upperclassman. The mentor provides information, knowledge, and experience that is useful for the success of a first year student. The mentors and mentorees have the opportunity to interact through SMA events such as the SMA Picnic and SMA meetings.
What sets Slippery Rock Sport Management apart from other Programs?
If you are interested in supervising in the ticket office of a professional sport team, directing employees at a sports arena, coordinating compliance information for an intercollegiate athletic department or managing the marketing efforts of an international motor sports event, SRU has a nationally recognized Sport Management program for you. The curriculum, prepares students for careers in sport event management, intercollegiate athletic departments, minor league sport, sport facility management, sport marketing, sport promotions, and other areas of the expanding sport/business and sport/entertainment industries. A number of SRU students served behind-the-scenes at the Olympics, the World Games, FIFA’s World Cup, dozens of intercollegiate athletic departments and conferences as well as a plethora of professional and minor league teams.
Sport Management Majors from SRU have gone on to become:
Sports Information Director, Washington & Lee University
Assistant Director of Promotions, Colorado Rockies Baseball Club
Event Operations Coordinator, PSSI Stadium Corp., Heinz Field
Competition Technical Administrator, US Ski and Snowboard Association
Assistant Athletic Director for Development, UNM Lobo Club
Division Manager of Concessions, ARAMARK Corporation PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Assistant Director of Internet Publicity and Promotions, BIG EAST Conference
Assistant Director of Compliance, Hofstra Athletics
Vice President of Operations, Fresno Grizzlies
Assistant AD/Senior Women’s Administrator, Western State College of Colorado
Does Slippery Rock Accommodate Students Who Want to Enhance Their Skills Abroad?
It is recognized that the impact of sport on an international setting is fertile ground for tremendous development. As part of the overall training for international sport students, an overseas experience is required. This criterion may be satisfied through various offerings including: a semester or summer study abroad program, and the SRU International Services spring break program. Each year during spring break, an international program is offered for sport management majors to travel all over the world. During these periods Slippery Rock University sport management students have visited England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Costa Rica, and Spain. The Office of International Services is committed to assisting with the internationalization of the university by serving as a resource center; providing services to international students, faculty and scholars; assisting students and faculty going overseas; and integrating international students and scholars into campus and local community life.
Department of Sport Management
114 West Gym
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Phone: 724.738.2117 (or 2060)