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Sport Management Major

Complete a degree in sport management

Are you interested in a sports-related career? SBU has a unique sport management degree that is an interdisciplinary program with two concentration options. Choose one of the following concentrations based on your personal career goals and interests:

  • Fitness and Wellness Administration 
  • Sport Administration
  • Business

When you major in sport management at SBU, you will open the door to a wide variety of career options or the ability to further your education with an MBA or other graduate degree.

The Sport Management degree is offered through SBU's College of Professional Programs


Degree plan


(For May 2017 sport management graduates in employment or graduate school.)

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The SBU Advantage

  • Choosing between three concentrations — Fitness and Wellness Administration, Sport Administration or Business — allows you to better tailor your degree program to your personal interests and career goals.
  • Required practicum and internship experiences will give you valuable real-world experience and networking opportunities.
  • Thrive within small class sizes that allow for personal attention, individualized instruction and one-on-one advisement.

Faith Integration

The intentional integration of Christian faith with the academic discipline of sport management distinguishes SBU's program. Sport management is a people-focused discipline and you will be challenged to treat others with respect, dignity and grace. You will be encouraged to follow the example of Christ and become a servant leader in whichever profession you choose.

Sport management careers

Sport management graduates have pursued a variety of careers including:

  • Account Executive with Professional Sports Teams (i.e. Springfield Cardinals)
  • Athletic Director
  • City Park Administrator
  • Coaches in public and private schools
  • Fitness Center Administrator
  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • YMCA Director


Sport management students have completed internships at a variety of places including:

  • Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
  • Springfield Cardinals AA Baseball
  • Springfield Parks Department
  • Springfield Tennis Complex
  • YMCA

Zack Pemberton
"The Sport Management program consisted of a wide variety of curriculum that not only prepared me to work in sports but also in business. I obtained a well-rounded education so that I not only learned what was required for an entry-level position but additionally gained knowledge that helped me to move up the ladder quickly into my current profession and advanced my career."
Zack Pemberton '10
Manager of Sales and Marketing for the Springfield Cardinals, the AA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals