Sports Management

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Bachelor of Science
Major
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
Four-Year Degree

Overview

Through flexible, creative learning, students develop effective leadership, management, and administrative skills specific to the sports industry. You’ll explore the culture and structure of sports organizations, study industry best practices, and learn to communicate clearly and professionally in classes from a broad range of fields, including data science, business, management, and marketing. Throughout the program, you’ll have opportunities to customize your degree through electives and for-credit internships with local sports organizations.

Who It's For

The sports management program is ideal for driven and focused students who want to be involved in athletics behind the scenes. You’ll graduate from the program with the skills you need to manage and lead a wide variety of sports organizations.

Key Benefits

  • Work closely with a faculty mentor to tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests.
  • Earn credit toward your degree by participating in internships with local sports organizations.
  • Gain inside access to a wide variety of sports organizations who call Salt Lake City home, including US teams, college teams, and Olympic organizations.
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Westminster Sports Management Students Collaborating in Class

About the Program

The sports management program offers small classes taught by faculty with expertise in sports management, collegiate athletics, and NCAA compliance. Classes include expert lectures, analysis assignments, and hands-on projects. You’ll be able to choose from two areas of concentration—business and athletics—to create a degree that works best for your personal career goals.

What You'll Learn

  • Hone your leadership, management, and administrative skills, and apply them to the sports industry.
  • Analyze the dynamics of the competitive environment in the sports industry.
  • Develop strategies for adapting to change in line with the rules and regulations of specific sports organizations.
  • Understand how to implement best practices in sports-related organizations.
  • Master the ability to communicate effectively and professionally.

Plan of Study

You’ll start by taking introductory-level courses in business, data science, and sports management. As you move through the program, you’ll take classes including Data and Society, Principles of Marketing, Business Finance, Principles of Management, and Managerial Accounting. To personalize your degree, you’ll choose from a wide variety of electives, participate in an internship with an organization you’re passionate about, and choose an area of concentration in either business or athletics.

Business Concentration

With a strong focus on business management, the business concentration helps you develop your skills as a confident, capable leader.

Athletic Concentration

The athletic concentration gives you a behind-the-scenes understanding of athletic organizations, giving you many opportunities to explore whatever you’re most interested in.


Sample Courses

Sports Law and Ethics

This course explores the importance of ethical decision making for organizations at every level, including recreational, secondary school, collegiate, and professional sports. You’ll study issues from contract law and athlete-agent relationships to intellectual property and risk management.

Sports and Society

In this course, you’ll explore the cultural, political, and economic impact of sports in American society. Focusing on both well-known and alternative sports, you’ll critically examine how sports are organized, played, experienced, observed, and perceived in the US.

College Athletic Administration

Apply your knowledge to address topics including Title IX compliance, fundraising, NCAA regulations, and university communications, with a specific focus on collegiate athletic administration.

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Career Opportunities

There is an increasing demand for business leadership in the sports industry as sports professionals seek to manage their operations. The sports management program prepares you for a successful career leading sports organizations at every level, from professional and collegiate to youth and recreational.

Potential Careers

  • Athletics director
  • Business manager
  • General manager
  • Compliance director
  • Agent
  • Talent scout
  • Event operations
  • Coaching
  • Facilities director
  • Director of operations

Other Sports Management Programs

We also offer a minor in sports management, which is a great addition to a degree in business, marketing, accounting, or management.

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Westminster Sports Management Student in Class

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$13,642 ($6,821 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2017–2018)

  • Tuition: $33,040
  • Room: $5,364
  • Board: $3,072

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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