Master of Science in Sports Management

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Sports Management

What makes our program unique?

The sports management program at UP offers:

  • Students will learn from professors who have first hand working knowledge in sports management.
  • Courses in the major that emphasize ethics. Having a working knowledge in the area making ethical decisions is a vital skill in the field of sports management.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of the program Sports Management Majors will be able to:

  1. Apply content knowledge in sport management, sport management planning, and implementation methods and strategies through class projects;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use professional development tools and exhibit professional disposition in the field of sports management through class simulations and practicum experiences;
  3. Differentiate diverse cultures impact sport on sport through case studies and discussion;
  4. Apply leadership and management skills through class projects and practicum experiences;
  5. Employ the ability to collaborate in the sport business setting through the planning and implementation of an event;
  6. Construct and foster personnel, clientele, community, donor, and business relationships in a variety of sport business settings through class projects and practicum experiences;
  7. Value assessment and critical thinking methods to promote ethical decision making and professional problem-solving skills in a sport environment through class projects and exercises.


Career Preparation

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.  Data related to future predictions is listed below.

Projected Job Growth through 2022 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  Sports Agent/Manager—12 percent, as fast as average

  Sports Marketing Manager—13 percent, as fast as average

  Athletic Director—Higher Education – 15 percent, faster than average

  Sports Facility Services Manager—12 percent, as fast as average



Master of Science in Sports Management



Kelly Quick, Ed. D.

Thomas A. Raunig, Ed. D.