Oct 16, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Sport Management (BS)

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Sport Management Department


Recent estimates describe sport as one of the ten largest industries in the United States encompassing over $400 billion dollars. This industry, due to its wide variety of positions, places unique demands on those involved in its management including skills in such areas as communications, public relations, facility management, marketing, budgeting, and legal aspects specific to sport settings.

Providing our sport management majors with the opportunity to gain knowledge and hands on experience is paramount for SRU’s growth as a leader in undergraduate sport management in the United States.

The sport management degree program at Slippery Rock University has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. In 2010, the Department of Sport Management was the first program in the US to  be accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), and in 2017 was the first program to be re-accredited.


Requirements for the Major - Credits: 58

This major is designed to prepare students with the necessary sport business concepts, management, marketing, communication, and public relation skills to become successful managers in sport-related agencies. These agencies are diverse and include, professional sports, sport marketing firms, intercollegiate athletic departments, YMCA/YWCA’s, sporting goods sales, fitness clubs, sport arenas, the Olympics, commercial recreational facilities and other sport-related agencies. A 12-credit internship is required in a sport-related agency during the last semester of the program. Students are encouraged to secure a minor in business.

Sport Management Electives - Credits: 15

Select 15 credit hours of 300 level (or above) classes.  The Department of Sport Management recommends courses to be taken from Accounting, Communication, Economics, Finance, Management or Marketing.  Students can also choose from INDP 205.  This will help you complete a minor if you are interested.  See your Rock Audit for details.

Additional Requirements

Comprehensive Exam

Required to pass the Senior Comprehensive Exam prior to internship

Required Volunteer Hours

Volunteer Hours - 120 hours minimum

Required First Aid & CPR

Students  must become certified in both First Aid & CPR.  This can be accomplished by taking a course (Red Cross or YMCA) or by completing SAFE 205 (First Aid and Safety).

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