Sport Management

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science

About

Learn what it takes to manage players, teams, facilities, operations, and whole sports organizations—both on and off the field. 

Introduction

The sports industry is a global industry, counting North America as one of its largest markets. By 2023, projections show the North American sports industry’s value increasing to more than $80 billion. Such a booming industry has a lot of moving parts. Along with the focus on players, teams, and fans, sports organizations must also focus on marketing, merchandising, sponsorships, as well as legal, business, and logistics operations.  

Some of the biggest opportunities in the sports industry are around creating engaging, and high-value opportunities for fan, spectator, and fitness experiences, including:

  • High-tech recreational gear at reasonable prices
  • Ticket packages and benefits
  • Exercise and fitness programs
  • Fitness equipment with high-tech features and innovative design

Starting your professional career with a degree in sport management can give you a broad understanding of the industry, and help you develop a wide range of skills across one of the fastest growing and most lucrative industries today.

You can choose to major or minor in Sport Management

Learn how to:

  • Navigate the competitive global sport environment 

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of governance and regulations of sport organizations 

Students studying

750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Score Your Career Goals

Our sport management program supports students in gaining the managerial and operational experience in health, fitness, and sport management fields. You’ll also learn to understand and navigate personnel management and supervisory dynamics. This program also offers 2 specializations where you can acquire the knowledge, skills, and manners to launch professional careers:  

  • Sport Administration 

  • Athletic Training Management 

With courses in sport governance and history, facility and equipment operations, event management, sports, community recreation and fitness, ethics and law, as well as organization and administration of recreation, students gain the theoretical knowledge they can apply on and off the field. This program also provides hands-on learning experiences through a practicum and internship in the professional sports community.   

There is more information about major requirements in the Program Requirements section on this page.

What does a Sport Management degree prepare me to do?

Whether you want to be behind the scenes or out on the field, you can find your place in the sport industry. Careers in law, operations, logistics, marketing, management, and health and fitness are all possible within this field. 

Coach and Scout
Amusement and Recreation Attendant
General and Operations Manager
Gaming/Sports Book Writer and Runner

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, students must complete 120 credit hours. These credit hours split among: 

  • General Education Requirements, or GERs (40 credits) 

  • College of Business courses (39 credits) 

  • Core courses (24 credits) 

  • Electives (13 credits) 

  • Coppin-specific requirements (4 credits) 

General Education Requirements (GERs)

Students must complete 40 GER credits. Specifically for Sport Management majors, your program plan should also include:  

  • MATH 131, College Algebra: Math and Sciences, to satisfy the math GER 

  • ECON 211, Principles of Economics I, to satisfy the second social science GER

College of Business Requirements (39 credits)

Course Credits Name
ACCT 210 3 Financial Accounting I
ACCT 202 3 Financial Accounting II
BDSC 322 3 Business Statistics
BDSC 340 3 Operations Management
ECON 211 3 Principles of Economics I
FINM 330 3 Principles of Business Finance
MGMT 305 3 Business Communication
MGMT 320 3 Principles of Management
BUSI 310 3 Business Law
BUSI 495 3 Seminar in Strategic Management or Business Policy
MISY 341 3 Small Systems Software
MKTG 310 3 Principles of Marketing
BUSI 320 International Business

Sport Management Electives

Course Credits Name
ESPT 300 3 Introduction to Esports
ESPT 310 3 Introduction to Esports Coaching
ESPT 350 3 Esports Branding and Marketing
ESPT 410 3 Esports Communications
ESPT 420 3 Esports Operations

Sports Administration Core Courses (33 credits)

Course Credits Name
SPMT 101 3 Sport Governance and History
SPMT 360 3 Facility, Equipment, and Event Management
SPMT 350 3 Leadership and Management of Sports
SPMT 308 3 Media Relations in Sport
RECR 331 3 Community Recreation and Fitness
SPMT 332 3 Sports, Ethics, and the Law
SPMT 435 3 Organization and Administration of Recreation
SPMT 405 3 Internship/Field Work in Sport Management

Athletic Training Management Core Courses (35 credits)

Course Credits Name
SPMT 101 3 Sport Governance and History
HEED 205 2 Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Control
KNES 202 3 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
KNES 301 3 Kinesiology
KNES 302 3 Physiology of Exercise
KNES 322 3 Pathology of Athletic Injuries
KNES 333 4 Biomechanics
BIOL 201 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 203 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
SPMT 400 6 Sport Management Practicum (Seniors Only)

Sample Course Plan

Be sure to connect with your academic advisor to plan your semester courses. The plan below is just an example—your journey may have different requirements.  

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
ENGL 101 3 English Composition I
MATH 131 3 College Algebra
SPCH 105 3 Introduction to Speech Communication
HIST 201 3 History I
ORIE 101 1 Freshman Seminar
MISY 150 3 Technology Fluency
     

Spring Semester (15 credits)

course credits name
ENGL 102 3 English Composition II
HIST 202 3 History II
PHSC 101 3 Physical Science
PHIL 102 3 Introduction to Logic
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
XXXX xxx 3 Art/Humanities Elective
ECON 103 3 Introduction to Entrepreneurial Economics
BIOL 101 4 Biological Science
PSYC 201 3 General Psychology
SMPT 101 3 Sports Governance and History

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
WLIT 207 3 World Literature
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective
ACCT 201 3 Principles of Financial Accounting
SPMT 360 3 Facility, Equipment, and Event Management
ECON 211 3 Principles of Economics I

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
MKTG 310 3 Principles of Marketing
ACCT 202 3 Principles of Managerial Accounting
MGMT 305 3 Business Communication
SPMT 350 3 Leadership and Management of Sports
BUSI 310 3 Business Law

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
SPMT 308 3 Media Relations in Sport
RECR 331 3 Community Recreation and Fitness
FINM 330 3 Principles of Business Finance
MGMT 320 3 Principles of Management
BDSC 322 3 Business Statistics

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
MISY 341 3 Small Systems Software
SPMT 332 3 Sports, Ethics, and the Law
BDSC 340 3 Operations and Production Management
BUSI 320 3 Fundamentals of International Business
SPMT 435 3 Organization and Administration of Recreation

Spring Semester (13 credits)

Course credits name
SPMT 405 3 Sport Management Internship
BUSI 495 3 Seminar in Business Strategy and Policy
XXXX xxx 4 General Elective
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective

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College

Sport Management is in the Department of Management and Marketing in the College of Business.