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Sports Management Degrees

Sports Management Degrees Program Overview


The Sports Management degree program at the University of Providence prepares students for careers in a diverse field. UP has a strong emphasis on ethics in both the core curriculum and in sports management. Ethical issues are an ongoing problem in sports, and UP graduates will be in a position to make well thought out and ethical decisions for the organizations they work for.

Sports management classes often require getting out in the community and assisting with or observing events. Getting involved in helping the community host events and seeing how it benefits a community’s economy, as well as, make the community more vibrant is a great way for students to feel a sense of achievement and reward. In partnership with the UP Mission, sports management graduates will be prepared to serve their communities with compassion and dedication.

Sports management is a very diverse field and the UP program allows a student to select a focus area within sports management that fits their skill set. For example, if analytics is a strong area for you, you can take up to 12 credits of computer science. If you are a people person and want to be a manager you can take up to 12 credits of business and have it count towards your degree, etc. Focus areas include: Accounting, Biology, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Exercise Science and HPE.


Program Curriculum


Sports Management Degrees

Skills You’ll Learn

Students who earn a Sports Management Degree from the University of Providence will learn these skills and more:

  • Leadership skills
  • Management skills
  • Assessment and Critical thinking
  • Ethical decision making
  • Professional problem-solving skills
  • Collaborations in sport business settings
  • Planning and implementation of an event
  • Construct and foster personnel, clientele, community, donor, and business relationships
  • Sports marketing


Career Outcomes

Sports Management careers can be exciting, challenging, and very rewarding. The opportunities are varied, everything from planning a youth sporting event, to negotiating a multi-million-dollar contract. If you are willing to work hard your efforts will be rewarded with a long and lucrative career. There is never a dull day when working in sports management and there is always a new challenge. One day you could be dealing with an elite athlete, and the next you could be helping coordinate a community outreach program for an underserved community. A Sports Management Degree lays the ground work for launching a career where you can make a difference in your community both economically and socially.

Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities are available, and you will receive school credit for your completed hours. UP has great internship opportunities thanks to the support of the Great Falls community, having several minor league sports teams in the area, our connections to Providence Health and Services, as well as, the UP Athletic Department. Internship opportunities include:

  • Great Falls Voyagers Minor League Baseball Team
  • Great Falls Americans Minor League Hockey Team
  • 221 Industries (Sports Event Promotion Company)
  • UP Athletics
  • Great Falls Public Schools Athletics
  • Eagle Mount
  • Special Olympics
  • Great Falls Parks and Recreation
  • Area health clubs 


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Program Faculty

Kelly Quick, Ed.D.

Professor of Exercise Science

Thomas Raunig, Ed.D.

Professor of Health and Physical Education

Contact Information


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long will it take to complete a Sports Management Degree?

You can complete your undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Providence in five years and come away with a Master’s Degree in Sports Management.

How much will I make with a degree in Sports Management?

Sports Management is a very diverse field; jobs range from Minor League Baseball Team Promotions Directors to Agents for multi-million dollars a year earning athletes. The U.S. Department of Labor classifies jobs in sports management in several different categories. Those in the area of Entertainers, Performers, Sports and Related Workers have a wage range where the lower 10% earns an average of $19,400 a year, and the top 10% earning an average of 89,820 a year. There are 1,804,940 people in this field.

What kind of jobs can I get with a Sports Management Degree?
  • Sports Agent/Manager
  • Sports Marketing Manager
  • Athletic Director—Higher Education
  • Sports Facility Services Manager

There are many diverse work opportunities in the field and there is a tremendous need for minority and female employees in sports management.

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