Academics

MBA in Sports Management

Do you have a passion for sports? Turn that passion into an exciting career! The sports industry both in the U.S. and around the world is big business. The sports industry has experienced significant growth in recent years, with a 158% increase in revenue between 2002 and 2007.

Today a career in sports means understanding the many parts of this diverse field. There is an ever-increasing need for professionals trained in the managerial, administrative and business aspects of sports.

By pursuing an MBA with a concentration in sports management, you’ll gain a solid business foundation in areas such as accounting, marketing and operations. You’ll also study the economics of the sports industry, financial responsibility, important legal issues related to sports, and more.

The MBA in sports management prepares confident leaders in various types of sports organizations and roles.

Program Profile

Length and Format

Students can choose from the following class formats:

  • Part-time (in the classroom), two years
  • Online, two years

Course Schedule

  • Part-time: Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.
  • Online: Students complete all coursework and discussions online. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.

Tuition

  • MBA courses are $699 per credit hour. Most courses are worth three credits. Thirty-nine credits are required to complete the MBA program. Payment is due at the start of each term. Financial aid is available.

Curriculum

Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a pre-determined sequence.

Total Credit Hours: 39

Core Courses: These classes are available in the classroom or online.

  • Global Managerial and Organizational Behavior: Examine interpersonal behavior related to organizational performance. Behavioral science motivation, social perception, group decision making, ethical leadership and multicultural behavior.
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis: Introduction of key financial accounting concepts. Analysis of a firm’s historical, current and prospective financial condition and performance. Emphasis on investment and credit decision.
  • Marketing Design and Strategy: Developing and evaluating brand strategies over the life of the product. Strategies for introducing brands and reviving brands. Includes basic marketing principles of product, price, promotion, environment and customer.
  • Managerial Economics: Focus on basic microeconomic principles of the firm and relevance in business decisions. Covers supply and demand and its relationship to market outcomes and economic determinants of consumption, savings, and labor behavior.
  • Seminar in Descriptive Statistics: Basic statistical concepts and analytical tools for data driven decision making. Introduction to concepts of frequency, distribution, variation and normal curve correlations with application to business decisions.
  • Ethical Strategic Leadership: Decision making, negotiations and ethics. Cultural impact on management strategy. Create value, motivate resources, leading and creating high performance teams. Integrating performance across business units.
  • Macroeconomic Analysis: Focus on creation of money, function and roles of financial institutions, fiscal and monetary policy and the Federal Reserve system. Covers economic theory of financial markets and impact of government policies, determinants of national income, employment, investment, interest rates, inflation and exchange rates.
  • Management of Human Resources: Analyze policies in human resource management and organizational design, recruitment, selection hiring, development promotion and incentive based pay.
  • Operations Management: Concentrates on strategic decisions surrounding the production and delivery of goods and services. Value-added activities that transform resources into product. Covers process analysis, quality, inventory control, capacity planning and location decisions.

Concentration Courses: These classes are available online only.

  • The Economics of Sports: The role of economics in the sports industry. Specifically, economics related to the business of sports, revenue sharing, profit margins and marginal revenue product. Economic theory and the tools of quantitative analysis used in management decision-making.
  • The Essentials of the Law in Sports: The law, legal issues and professional ramifications in the field of sports management.
  • Level the Playing Field: Diversity in Sports Diversity in the field of sports in general and specifically in relationship to gender, race and various cultures.
  • Sport Finance: Fiscal responsibility and financial stewardship in the field of sports management.
  • Capstone Experience: This class is designed to integrate the knowledge and skills gained from the MBA program and apply them in a real world business environment. Students will learn how to use teamwork to develop a business plan and solve authentic business challenges.

Student Experience

Cohort Format

Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a predetermined sequence. This collaborative environment accelerates learning and builds strong peer relationships that last a lifetime. We also host occasional networking events for our MBAs, which allows them to interact with other cohorts and alumni.

Class Size

  • Average class size: 15
  • Maximum class size: 25 (15 online)

In the Classroom

We facilitate a close working relationship between students and faculty. Group work is often part of the curriculum, which helps prepare students to work collaboratively in the business world. Student discussion is encouraged as the MBAs learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds.

Project Work

At the end of the program, students will complete a capstone course. This class integrates the knowledge and skills gained from the MBA courses and applies them to a real business environment. Students will work as a team to solve an authentic business challenge.

On-campus Environment

  • Full-service library: Our staff is eager to help you find the resources you need.
  • Study areas: There are various places around campus for group meetings or studying.
  • Wifi: Classrooms and study areas are wifi accessible.
  • Information Technology Services: Our technology staff provides personal attention and prompt care for software, hardware and networking needs.
  • Print Services: Exists to serve students, faculty and staff with their printing and copying needs.
  • Gymnasium, tennis courts, running track and workout facilities: All students have access to on-campus workout facilities.
  • Restaurants: There is a full-service cafeteria available to students as well as a grab-n-go café.
  • Vibrant community: The River Forest and Oak Park area is a lively community filled with restaurants, retail stores, museums and other attractions.
  • Transportation: The Concordia-Chicago campus is accessible via the CTA’s green line train and is minutes from I-290.

MBA Application Deadlines

August 15, 2014: Fall Term (classes begin August 25, 2014)

December 12, 2014: Spring Term (classes begin January 12, 2015)

No Application Fee. No GMAT Required.

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