If you love sports and fitness and want to pursue a career that incorporates these passions, then a sports management degree can help put you on the right path. As the name suggests, sports management is a specific field of business that deals with sports and recreation-related activities. Sports management professionals will need a combination of skills related to directing, budgeting, organizing, and evaluating within the setting of an organization that focuses on sports and fitness-related services. This field has many opportunities as sports managers can be found working for college and university sports programs, recreational departments, sports marketing firms, professional sports teams, and their parent programs (NFL, MLB, NBA, etc.). Teamwork, motivation, and high-energy are just a few characteristics that sports managers can typically have.
The online sports management degree prepares you for managerial positions in the sports and recreation industry, including professional sports, fitness clubs, athletics equipment merchandising, recreation programs, and intramural and recreational sports. These sports organizations can range from non-profits to municipal agencies. You will complete coursework in accounting, business, economics, information systems, physical education, and psychology. The sports management curriculum consists of the learning experiences essential for business management positions in the sports and recreation professions. When you complete the required coursework, you will be well acquainted with the sports industry, be highly trained in various theories of management, and exhibit college-level writing and speaking skills.
Successful completion of this program by itself does not provide licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)
School Accreditation & Licensing
University of Arizona Global Campus is accredited by:
WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
The University of Arizona Global Campus (formerly Ashford University) is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Admission TestsProof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)
Official High School Transcript/GED Score
Arkansas, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Puerto Rico, New York