No matter professional, collegiate, high school, youth, etc., sports is a huge industry that is always growing and expanding. One thing for sure is no one can play forever, but you can still be involved through the University of Providence’s (UP’s) Sports Management Degree. A degree in sports management will allow you to be connected with sports along with taking fun and interactive courses. A sports management degree will provide you with various skills and opportunities to get you ready for your ideal career. Here are top five reasons for selecting sports management as your degree!
1. Staying Connected with Sports
Whether a current student athlete or non-athletic student, sports management offers a wide variety of careers that you can pursue, such as working with programs at the professional, collegiate,
and high school level. You can explore a career in managing an athletic team, coaching a team, being a scout, or an advisor for a player! With these career opportunities, you can still be around athletes and be involved with the sports you enjoy watching and playing. Today, the sports world is rapidly advancing and expanding with new jobs being created and making a young professional’s career filled with diverse opportunities.
2. Exciting and Fun Courses
A sports management degree offers courses that get you excited to attend! Some courses are racquet and individual sports, team sports, and coaching. These courses are very engaging, and students learn about various sports, some familiar and some brand new. Most of these courses also provide an experience for you to play these sports and to learn first-hand truly what the sport is teaching and the purpose of it. There are also some other courses where students learn the business side of sports, and how a sports organization can function whether that be a single team or a huge event (i.e., a tournament or a worldwide sporting event).
3. Diversity of the Degree
Sports management courses also span to other degrees such as health and physical education, exercise science, business, and criminal justice. And with these courses you can possibly pursue a career in the different fields even with a sports management degree. Post undergraduate school, you can be working with top athletes, traveling the world to recruit talent, or working front office for a team. As an alternative route, students can also pursue graduate school and further dive into fields such as business, exercise science, and criminal justice.
4. The Various Skills you will Learn
This major challenges you and makes you develop new skills. Some skills you will learn are leadership qualities, management techniques, assessment and critical thinking, professional problem-solving skills, and more!
Some other skills are as followed:
- Ethical decision making
- Collaborations in sport business settings
- Planning and implementation of an event
- Construct and foster personnel, clientele, community, donor, and business relationships
- Sports marketing
5. The Great Team Sports Management Offers at UP
Within UP’s sports management degree, you will meet great people. Faculty and students create an encouraging environment to learn from each other and work as a team. You will easily be able to get along with your classmates because of everyone’s interest and passion for sports. In addition, the professors are a big component to making the sports management major an interesting degree and career field. The professors are easy to communicate with, and they find ways to make classes fun and interactive. They want the very best for their students and all to succeed. Compared to other universities, UP offers smaller class sizes which allows students to build and foster stronger relationships with professors.
Overall, sports management is a great degree that offers a various number of professions and careers. At UP, you will get an insightful learning experience of the degree and what it takes be ready for the vast number of careers that the major offers. You will be able to gain many skills, such as leadership, marketing, and making critical decisions. The sports management industry is always growing, and you will be prepared to jump right in at University of Providence!
Written by Jakob Stevenson, UP Class of 2024