Sport Management

Bachelor of Science in Education
School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies
College of Education and Human Development

The Sport Management major in the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies is a four-year undergraduate program that culminates with the Bachelor of Science in Education degree. The COSMA-accredited program is among the largest undergraduate programs in the nation with an international reputation for producing outstanding professionals. The major is delivered by one of the most diverse sport management faculties in the country with10 full-time faculty members, all actively involved in research/publication, teaching and/or professional leadership.

Program Options and Career Opportunities

Students are prepared for a variety of sport-related careers and must complete a required minor in general business, entrepreneurship, international business, journalism or marketing. Some of the career opportunities available to graduating sport management majors are as follows:

Sport business

Preparation of sport management majors for a career in sport business is enhanced by minors in general business, international business or entrepreneurship. This strong business component prepares students for management-level positions such as professional sport administrator, corporate administrator of sporting events, tournament director, university athletic director, business manager, fund-raising administrator and/or sport facility manager.

Sport journalism

A journalism minor is recommended for students interested in becoming sport journalists, sports information directors in intercollegiate athletic programs, athletic conference offices or sport governing bodies, or working in public/community relations with professional teams. The minor in journalism helps students develop key writing skills.

Sport marketing

A marketing minor enhances preparation of sport management students for careers such as account executives for professional teams, sales representatives for sporting goods companies, and marketing directors in intercollegiate athletic programs, conference offices, governing bodies or professional sports.

BGSU Sport management graduates have been employed by agencies and organizations in collegiate sport (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Big Eight Conference, San Diego State University), management (IMG Motor Sports, McCann-Erickson Event Management), marketing and sales (The Collegiate Licensing Company), media and communications (ESPN, TRZ Communications). professional sport (Akron Aeros, Anaheim Ducks, Atlanta Hawks, CAVS/Gund Arena Co., Chicago Bulls, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Lions, PGA Tour, New Jersey Devils, New York Mets, San Diego Chargers, Star Bank LPGA Classic); and youth sport (USTA National Junior Tennis League).


The sport management major is highly competitive. Students must take at least 33 semester hours from a variety of liberal arts courses to meet broad general education requirements. In order to remain in the program, students must maintain a 2.5 overall grade point average.

Core courses are supplemented with required field experiences. Once students have completed 45 semester hours, they may apply for a practicum. They must complete at least 75 credit hours in order to be eligible to do a required internship experience that is worth 15 credit hours.

Special Features

Students gain valuable practical experience by doing fieldwork, practica, and internships. Locations for fieldwork are carefully selected by students in collaboration with their advisers and/or the Sport Management Field Experience Coordinator. All field experiences are conducted under the supervision of Sport Management faculty.

Students have completed fieldwork with such organizations as the Ameritech Senior Open, Atlanta Hawks, Big East Conference, Boston Celtics, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers, International Management Group, Los Angeles Rams, Maryland, Medsport, Michigan State, Mid-American Conference, NBC Sports, New England Patriots, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Ohio State University, Olympic Training Center, Performance Research, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Purdue, Recreation Unlimited, Sports Channel, and Women’s Sports Foundation.

International study opportunities provide students with outstanding academic and travel experiences. Exchange programs are offered at Chelsea School of Physical Education, Sports Science, Dance and Leisure, University of Brighton, Eastbourne, United Kingdom and Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.

Student Activities

The Sport Management Alliance (SMA) is a student-led organization for sport management majors that provides opportunities to network, build leadership competency, and develop professional and time-management skills. SMA participates in activities such as volunteering for the Ohio Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament, BGSU Dance Marathon and Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament; attending Cleveland Cavs and Toledo Mud Hens games, “Inside the Lines” sport management day at the Columbus Crew and College Career Day at Gund Arena; and participating in intramural sports.


The Gertrude M. Eppler Complex features state-of-the-art gymnasia, classrooms, teaching and research laboratories that individualize and optimize student learning. The complex offers fully equipped laboratories in Biomechanics/Motor Behavior, Exercise Physiology and Teacher Education.

Laboratory equipment includes advanced video cameras, recorders and video digitizing systems, AMTI force platforms, Cybex and Kin-Com Isokinestic Systems, physiological metabolic carts, computer-controlled treadmills and bicycle ergometers, bioimpedance analyzer, underwater weighing tank, electromyography system and advanced anatomical models.

The College of Education and Human Development’s Technology and Resource Center provides audio-visual equipment, networked computers, laser printing, scanners and a wide variety of application and educational software.

Preparation for College

Although there is no curriculum-specific high school background required for admission to the sport management major, experience in sports, business and/or communications is helpful.

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but finishing only minimal coursework leaves students unprepared for college. They should consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are typically required. Two, three or four years of the same foreign language is recommended for college preparation. Students also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

For Further Information

Internet Access

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The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

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