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What Are Good Schools for Sports Management?

by Carissa Lawrence, studioD

There are plenty of people who love sports but weren’t born with athletic abilities. For these people, a career in sports management is an enticing solution. Sports management allows you to be involved in the industry without engaging in rigorous physical activity. While there are many schools across the country that offer sports management degrees, schools with Division I athletic teams provide sports management majors with extra opportunities to gain valuable experience.

University of Connecticut

The Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut allows students to complete coursework required to achieve a B.S., M.A., or Ph.D. degree in Sport Management. The undergrad program at UConn is best suited to meet the needs of individuals seeking careers in areas related to professional sports, sporting goods, intercollegiate sports and facility or event management. Graduate studies in sports management focus on theoretical, research and applied aspects of the field. Students in the graduate program at UConn can specialize in areas like psychology, sociology, marketing and educational leadership, and are required to complete a thesis or an internship before graduating.

Indiana State University

Indiana State University offers students bachelor's and master's degree programs in Sport Management. In addition to these programs, students can also minor in sport management or earn a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Sport Management. The program of study at Indiana State aims to develop student management skills such as organizing, planning and budgeting as they apply to a number of settings. After graduating, Indiana State sports management students have found jobs in professional, collegiate, community and non-profit sports programs.

The Ohio State University

The Department of Human Sciences at Ohio State provides students the opportunity to earn a master's degree or a Ph.D. in Sport Management. These programs have students work in various management positions in the sports industry after graduation. Sport Management students at OSU have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in advertising, promotion, ticket sales and stadium operations with both collegiate and professional sports teams in the area.

University of Michigan

The Sport Management program at the University of Michigan grants students a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology. After taking business and liberal arts courses during their first two years of school, students studying sport management receive instruction in areas such as legal and ethical issues, fundraising, facility management, promotion, marketing and media. The Sport Management program prepares students for careers in fields such as sponsorship, broadcasting, sales and law.

About the Author

Based in Gainesville, Carissa Lawrence is an experienced teacher who has been writing education related articles since 2013. Lawrence holds a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Florida.

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