Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Recreation Management degree from Concordia University Chicago is a degree option for students with an interest in the business side of sports organizations and recreation centers. Students will learn valuable skills and experience in related areas such as operations and facilities management, marketing, and finance. The main goal of this Bachelor’s program is to prepare graduates for success in aspects of the industry, helping them go on to fill roles in the managing, marketing, and producing of sports-related equipment and services. Students with a degree in Sports and Recreation Management will be able to approach career opportunities in Corporate Fitness, Athletics Administration, Athlete Representation, Sports Analysis, and Media Relations. Most sports organizations tend to hire individuals with experience in sports revenue, ticketing, and event planning, all of which are learned through this program. The competitive edge instilled through this program will help graduates really set themselves apart in the businesses of sports and recreation.
Students with the required college credit for entry who take courses entirely online have the ability to graduate in as little as 18 months. The structure of this 35-credit program is a curriculum that involves 11 sequential courses, taken one at a time, and the completion of a senior project. Students will move forward with the same group of peers, providing support and a sense of community to the distance-learning format. After an introductory course, students will learn about the legal and ethical issues in sports and recreation management, as well as the sociological and historical foundations. Those enrolled will also receive valuable instruction in business aspects of this field: management, accounting, marketing, and research design and methodology. The 4-credit senior project is split into two 1-credit and one 2-credit sections. Students will go through all the steps to specify an example problem, evaluate and present those evaluation methods, and finally present their findings.

In order to qualify for this Bachelor's program, applicants must have at least 30 hours of credit from an accredited college or university, having maintained at least a 2.0 GPA, and have earned a C or better in the completion of one English Composition course. Students may receive transfer credit for up to 67 credits of accepted coursework from another accredited institution. Applicants who have fewer than 30 credits and have not completed a college-level English course may still be admitted in pre-major status. They can also earn up to 32 credits from workshops, corporate training seminars, and military service, provide they can show college-level knowledge to have been gained through these experiences.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the following: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related, Educational Programs (CACREP), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


    Applicants must have at least 30 hours of credit from an accredited college or university, having maintained at least a 2.0 GPA, and have earned a C or better in the completion of one English Composition course.

    School Overview

    Lutheran Church settlers founded a higher learning institution based on Christian principles in order to educate prospective teachers by the mid-eighteenth century. In 1864, this teacher’s school relocated to Addison, Illinois, and this date marks the founding of Concordia University Chicago. Today, the private, 4-year Concordia University Chicago maintains ties to a larger network of Lutheran colleges, organized by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

    Students at Concordia University Chicago can complete undergraduate to doctorate degrees, in addition to certificate programs. CUC offers more than one hundred programs of study, focusing on fields in the arts and sciences, business, and education. Furthermore, working professionals and students requiring added flexibility can further their education through Concordia University Chicago’s online degree and distance education programs, housed in the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. Students can enroll in the accelerated bachelor’s degree programs. These online programs engage students via asynchronous assignments and discussions, and students focus on one class at a time, per five-week sessions.


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