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Sport Management

Offered by: Sport Management

Slippery Rock University's Bachelor's in Sport Management program is one of the oldest and most well known in the country. Our challenging classes prepare you for a career in sporting event management, intercollegiate athletic departments, minor league sports, sport marketing, facility management, and other areas of the expanding sports business and entertainment industries.

A 12-credit internship at a sports-related agency is required during the last semester of the program, giving students hands-on experience in the field. A minor in Business is a valuable complement to this major. SRU also offers a Sport Management minor for those pursuing other majors.

Why Major in Sport Management?

If your dream is to work behind the scenes for a sports organization, SRU's Sport Management major is perfect for you. As the first accredited program of its kind in the nation, SRU provides students with professional opportunities to build the knowledge and skills required of sport management professionals. We boast a strong alumni base, offering networking opportunities to help you land a career-advancing internship in sports.

SRU faculty are industry professionals and will provide you with valuable experience-based advice in addition to your classroom education. With an emphasis on experiential learning, you will have ample opportunity to put your education into practice before graduation.

What Will You Learn?

Sport Management students learn the business side of sports: everything that goes into planning, promoting, financing, sponsoring, marketing, communicating, and operating sporting events and organizations. Skills you will acquire include:

  • Budgeting and finance
  • Diversity and management
  • Management ethics
  • Sales and fundraising
  • Sport communication and technology
  • Sport law
  • Sport marketing

Careers, Clubs, and Internships

Students pursuing their Bachelor's in Sport Management degree often join the Sport Management Alliance organization on campus. The group attends conferences and gives students the opportunity to meet people with similar career interests.

Sport management majors have gone on to work as account managers, athletic directors, CEOs, communication managers, event coordinators, and more. Sports-related knowledge is a unique asset to not only the sports industry but to other business areas as well. There are numerous areas of sport management you can pursue a career in, including:

  • Accounting
  • Communications
  • Community relations
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing

The 12-credit internship gives students the chance to experience the best of what sport management has to offer. In the past, SRU has helped place students with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Cleveland Cavaliers, USA Rugby, numerous Division I colleges, and more sports organizations.

Learn More About SRU’s Sport Management Degree!

Slippery Rock University's Sport Management program has a long history of preparing students for high-ranking positions in sports organizations. Interested in learning more? Request more information today!

Student/Alumni Spotlight

Matan Cohen is a senior, Sport Management major at Slippery Rock University. He talks about what he loves about his major, including the opportunity to attend conferences all over the country. Matan is involved in bringing concerts and comedians to campus through University Program Board, and most recently, he organized performances by "All Time Low" and comedian Erik Griffin from the television show, "Workaholics." Slippery Rock University has given Matan the opportunity to lead others, which has helped him grow personally and professionally. After leaving SRU, Matan's ultimate career goal is to become President of a National Basketball Association team.

Matan Cohen