Sports Management

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Bachelor of Science
Major, Minor
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
4-Year Degree


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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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 2 areas of concentration—business and athletics—to create a degree that works best for your personal career goals. And, there are opportunities to get involved in the Westminster community to make the most of your sports management education.

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What You'll Learn

  • Analyze the unique dynamics of the competitive environment in the sports industry
  • Implement best practices in sports-related organizations
  • Engage in professional and effective communication
  • Demonstrate leadership, management and administrative principles, and practices specific to the sports industry and management
  • Develop strategies for beneficial change in accordance with rules and regulations of specific sport organizations

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.

Liberal Education Courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

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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

Related Programs

The program can also be taken as a minor, which is a great addition to a degree in marketing, accounting, or management.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

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

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of 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.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

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

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Your tuition, fully paid.

All students should have the ability to explore their passions. Westminster College is proud to cover the cost of tuition for qualifying students through the Westminster Commitment.

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