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Sports Management

Sports Management

  • Bachelor of Science

The Sports Management major is designed for students seeking careers as administrators with professional sports teams or as business analysts with corporations in the sports industry. Some of these students may seek positions as coaches. Graduates will also be prepared to enter master’s programs in sports administration. 

What Can I Do With a Degree in Sports Management?

The Sports Management program will provide you with a strong foundation in Management, with additional coursework in sports management and sports law. Majors in this program will be taught by faculty with decades of experience in management and in working with sports at all levels, including the National Football League Players Association. You will also have an opportunity to engage with renowned guest lecturers who work as agents, advisors and legal counsel at various levels of athletics.

Graduates may find careers as/in:

  • Coaching
  • High School or College Athletic Director
  • Athletic facility managers
  • Sales and marketing representatives
  • Sports law
  • Master’s programs in leadership and management

Recent graduates have completed internships with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, University of Pittsburgh athletics, Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Seven Springs Mountain Resort before going on to full-time careers in sports.

Curriculum Requirements

  • Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management

    Sports Management Business Core (45 credits)

    BA 100 Financial Accounting I (Freshman year) – 3 credits
    BA 170* Organizational Behavior (Freshman year) – 3 credits
    BA 220 Principles of Marketing (2nd semester Freshman year) – 3 credits
    BA 265 Management Information Systems (sophomore year) – 3 credits
    BA 305 Business Ethics (junior year preferred) – 3 credits
    BA 320 Corporate Finance I (sophomore year) – 3 credits
    BA 340 Business Law (junior year) – 3 credits
    BA 350+BA350A Statistics I (sophomore year) + Excel Lab – 4 credits
    BA 351+BA 351A Statistics II (sophomore year) + Excel Lab– 4 credits
    OR EC 360+EC 361 Econometrics + R Lab (sophomore year) – 4 credits
    BA 495 Capstone Class: Business Policy and Strategy (senior year) – 3 credits
    EC 101 Principles of Microeconomics (Freshman year) – 3 credits
    EC 102 Principles of Macroeconomics (Freshman year) – 3 credits
    PS 100* Principles of American Politics – 3 credits
    MA 109/111* Calculus I (Freshman year) – 4 credits
    BA 00P ePortfolio Requirement (semester of graduation--pass/fail) – 0 credits

    Sports Management Requirements (30 credits)

    BA 150 Managerial Accounting – 3 credits
    BA 209 Sports Administration – 3 credits
    BA 211 Sports Media, Promotion, and Marketing – 3 credits
    BA 280 Leadership – 3 credits
    BA 332 Human Resource Management – 3 credits
    BA 395 or BA 251 Global Marketing or International Business - 3 credits
    BA 398 Project Management I – 3 credits
    BA 492 Operations Management – 3 credits
    CA 285 Digital Layout and Design – 3 credits
    PS 385 Sports Law – 3 credits

Job Placements and Careers

  • Job Placements and Internships

    Pittsburgh Pirates
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Seven Springs Mountain Resort
    University of Pittsburgh Athletics

  • Careers

    Athletic Facility Manager
    College Athletic Director
    High School Athletic Director
    Marketing Representative
    Sales Representative
    Sports Lawyer

Accreditations and Affiliations

The McKenna School of Business has seven undergraduate programs and one graduate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). They are: Accounting, Business Education Information Technology, Business Economics, Finance, International Business, Economics, Management, Marketing and the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence graduate program. Three programs in Business Data Analytics (launched Fall 2020), Sports Management (launched Fall 2021) and Business Administration (launched Fall 2021) are in candidacy for accreditation. ACBSP Accreditation

With a requirement for faculty professional development (e.g., publications and research) and courses primarily taught by faculty holding doctorates, the ACBSP is the leading business accreditation program devoted to teaching excellence and service to students. Attributable to our ACBSP accreditation, students receive in depth knowledge in 12 business core competency areas: Accounting, Management, Business Ethics, Marketing, Information Systems, Business Finance, the Legal Environment of Business, Statistics, Business Policies, Economics, Quantitative Skills and Global Dimensions in Business. 

The McKenna School is also a member of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration. The Politics and Criminal Justice programs are not accredited through the ACBSP; however, all programs in the McKenna School have regional accreditation through the Middle States Association. The ACBSP is one of the two premier accrediting agencies for business schools worldwide.


Jeffrey Godwin, Ph.D.
Professor, Business Administration

Matthias P. Hühn, Ph.D.
Mary S. Carey Chair in Ethics and Catholic Social Thought

Rev. William Hisker, Ph.D.
Professor, Business Administration 

Robert Markley
Instructor, Business Administration 

Terrance Smith, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor, Management 

Dean, Michael Urick, Ph.D.
Dean, McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government
Professor, Business Administration 

Mr. Kevin Fields
Instructor, Business Administration

Ms. Sue Hozak
Instructor, Business Administration

Mr. Daniel Kunz
Instructor, Politics

Mr. Kevin Manichko
Instructor, Business Administrator