Sport Management

Major: Sport Management
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Sport Management (BSSM)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 31.0504
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-1021

About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Sport Management program is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in the sport industry. The major draws on the strengths of its own core offerings which complement the University’s academic programs, in particular business administration. Students may also augment their degrees with minors from the University’s other schools and departments including entrepreneurship, communications, and media arts.

Students will master the knowledge and skills necessary for success in professional sports organizations, collegiate athletics, sport media companies, and businesses that service and are complimentary to the sport industry. The co-op option engages students with extensive experiential learning. Our Philadelphia location is optimal for accessing opportunities throughout the Northeast corridor and beyond.

The program offers options covering a wide range of areas of study; students are able to match their skills, abilities, and interests with a specific niche within the sport industry. Students may chose a minor or create their own particular specialization and area of expertise, in consultation with our department's academic advisors and faculty. 

Coursework

The sport management major consists of 180.0 credits. All students enrolled in the program are required to take 46.0 credits of general education courses, 40.0 credits of general business, and a sport business core of 42.0 hours. These courses are supplemented by 36.0 hours creating a specialization that may include a minor or concentration, and 16.0 hours of free electives.

Degree Completion Options

The Bachelor of Science degree in sport management can be completed in either four or five years:

Five-year option, with co-op experience
This option allows for the greatest amount of employment experience, with three distinct six-month periods of employment included with studies. After the start of the sophomore year, students study or work through all terms, including summers.

Four-year option, with internship experience
This option includes just one six-month period of full-time employment. After the start of the sophomore year, students study or work through all terms, including summers.

For more information about this major, visit the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management's Sport Management web page.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
or COM 310 Technical Communication
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
or MATH 121 Calculus I
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
or MATH 122 Calculus II
PHIL 301Business Ethics3.0
or PHIL 325 Ethics in Sports Management
UNIV SH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Select a minimum of 6.0 credits from: BIO, CHEM, ENVS, ENSS, GEO, PHYS, PHEV, NFS, ANAT6.0
Select a minimum of 9.0 credits from AFAS, ANTH, CJS, ENGL, HIST, HUM, PHIL, PSY, SOC, WGST, WRIT or any language course9.0
General Business Requirements
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
BUSN 111Foundations for Business4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
or MIS 200 Management Information Systems
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Sport Business Core
SMT 110The Business of Sport4.0
SMT 152Leadership in Sports & Society3.0
SMT 201Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations4.0
SMT 205Sport Media Relations4.0
SMT 230Sports and the Law4.0
SMT 270Sports Facility Planning & Management3.0
SMT 275Sports Event Management3.0
SMT 285Sport, Industry, and Society4.0
SMT 290Digital Media in Sport3.0
SMT 320Sport Economics4.0
SMT 362Sport Ticket Sales3.0
SMT 401Professional Portfolio3.0
Program Electives: Three or Four SMT courses12.0
Minor Option: Select a minor from a related program or create a specialization with 24 program electives *24.0
Recommended Minors: Business Analytics, Legal Studies, Economics, Finance, International Economics, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sport Media Production
Sport Entrepreneurship
Olympic Games
NCAA Compliance
Technology and Sport
Legal Foundations of Title IX
Sports Agents & Labor Relations
Digital Sports Storytelling
Quantitative Analysis and Statistics for Sports
Fundraising in Sports
Corporate Sponsorship in Sports
Sport Governance & Policy
International Aspects of Sport
Sport Tourism
Sport Ticket Operations
Sport Finance
Sports Analytics
Decision Making in Sport Business
Sports Industry Practicum
Free electives16.0
Total Credits180.0
*

 Consult with an advisor or faculty member.

Sample Plan of Study

5 YR UG Co-op Concentration

Term 1Credits
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101
or 121
Introduction to Analysis I
Calculus I
4.0
SMT 110The Business of Sport4.0
UNIV 101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
BUSN 111Foundations for Business4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 102
or 122
Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus II
4.0
SMT 152Leadership in Sports & Society3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
SMT 205Sport Media Relations4.0
Natural Science elective3.0
Liberal Arts elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
SMT 270Sports Facility Planning & Management3.0
Specialization elective*3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
COM 270 [WI]
or 310 [WI]
Business Communication
Technical Communication
3.0
SMT 275Sports Event Management3.0
SMT 290Digital Media in Sport3.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
SMT 285Sport, Industry, and Society4.0
Free elective3.0
Specialization elective3.0
Natural Science elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
PHIL 301
or 325
Business Ethics
Ethics in Sports Management
3.0
Two Specialization electives*6.0
Liberal Arts elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
INTB 200
or MIS 200
International Business
Management Information Systems
4.0
SMT 320Sport Economics4.0
SMT 362Sport Ticket Sales3.0
Specialization elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
SMT 201Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations4.0
Specialzation elective*3.0
Social Science or Liberal Arts elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 10
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
SMT 230Sports and the Law4.0
Two Specialization electives*6.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 11
SMT 401Professional Portfolio3.0
Three Specialization electives*9.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
Specialzation electives*3.0
Free electives10.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 180.0
*

 See degree requirements.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Co-op Opportunities

Drexel University has long been known for its co-operative education programs, through which students combine periods of full-time, career-related employment with their studies. Co-op employment is required for sport management students and is central to their experience.

Within the sport management major, co-operative education gives students experience in a range of sport related jobs and settings, from coaching to the business of sports to health-enhancing activities. Students may be placed with professional athletic teams, or with organizations aligned with sports (e.g., a sports agency). Co-op experiences are available with many of the region’s sports, recreation, and health organizations, including professional sports teams, college athletic departments, sports media networks, non-profit organizations, law firms, youth fitness organizations, fitness centers, sports complexes, and others.

Career Opportunities

The multidisciplinary nature of the sport management program allows its graduates to be ready for a wide range of sport-related professions, including athletic management, sports and recreational activities at all levels (professional, semi-professional, collegiate, scholastic, and youth) within a range of organizations (public, private, community, recreation, scholastic, professional, and amateur), and for varying purposes (competitive, fitness, wellness, and rehabilitation).

Sports management graduates are uniquely qualified for leadership, support, or coaching positions in professional and amateur sports organizations, in recreation and community centers, in high schools and colleges, and in other sports venues, as well as in the health and wellness industry. The program also prepares students for graduate or professional study in a variety of fields including sport management, sports psychology, communication, law, education, business administration, and other fields.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more information on career opportunities.

Minor in Sport Management

The minor in sport business is designed to introduce students to the primary areas of study in the sport industry. Students will be exposed to a variety of perspectives for assessing the sports business.

SMT 110The Business of Sport4.0
SMT 201Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations4.0
SMT 285Sport, Industry, and Society4.0
SMT 230Sports and the Law4.0
SMT 320Sport Economics4.0
Choose a minimum of 4.0 credits from the following4.0-6.0
Sport Media Relations
Sports Facility Planning & Management
Sports Event Management
Digital Media in Sport
Sport Governance & Policy
International Aspects of Sport
Sports Analytics
Total Credits24.0-26.0

Sport Management Faculty

Lawrence Cohen, JD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Sports and antitrust law; tickets sales data analytics; sport sponsorship trends.
Amy Giddings, PhD (Temple University) Director, Sport Coaching Leadership. Associate Teaching Professor. International aspects of sport and culture, principles of coaching, teambuilding, group dynamics, minority issues in sport including availability and accessibility concerns, character development.
Joel Maxcy, PhD (Washington State University) Department Head, Sport Management. Associate Professor. Economics of sport; labor economics & policy; economics of antitrust & regulation.
Jim Reese, EdD (University of Northern Colorado). Associate Professor. Sport ticket sales, strategies, and operations; quantitative analysis and statistics for sport; economic aspects of sport management.
Ellen Staurowsky, EdD (Temple University) Interim Associate Director, Center for Hospitality and Sport Management. Professor. Social justice issues in sport; gender equity in sport; Title IX pay equity and equal employment opportunity; athlete exploitation; college sport reform; and misappropriation of American Indian imagery in sport.
Karen Weaver, EdD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Sport marketing & promotions, public relations, media, and leadership in sport.
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