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Sports Management Degree

The sports industry has evolved into an integral part of American culture. As a result, the management of sports programs, athletes and facilities has become more sophisticated and complex. 

Program Overview

Our rigorous but flexible degree program in Sports Management will build your critical knowledge of business and sports issues. Graduates with sports management degrees find career positions as athletic directors, team managers, account executives, talent scouts and more.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded learning experience by using the latest technology and engaging students with real-world business scenarios and hands-on learning exercises.

General Course Information

The bachelor of science in sports management includes an in-depth business curriculum covering classes focusing on business and sports. The program requires 54 semester hours of study. Students take required courses in accounting, economics, statistics, management, ethics, finance, marketing and business law.

Sports management courses cover sports management, sports and contract law, the business of sports and strategic policy. Students also will select electives from courses such as personal finance, small business management or advanced business law.

For details on required courses and more, please visit our online catalog.

Opportunities

Concordia’s “supervised work experience” offers opportunities for students to receive academic credit while gaining practical work experience in the accounting field. The campus’ location, as well as the proximity of public transportation, opens up a number of exciting internship and networking opportunities with sports teams and sports professionals in Chicago and nearby suburbs. Students in sports management have recently interned with minor league baseball and hockey teams in the Midwest.

In addition, annual events and organizations like the CUC Business Club link concepts learned in the classroom to the business community through educational opportunities, professional events and real-world experiences. Business Club members benefit from networking, speakers who help with job placement, leadership development and more. 

Students also have the option to study abroad, where they can learn about other cultures’ approaches to business in a memorable and hands-on way. To learn more about study abroad programs, contact Peter Renn at 708-209-3642 or Peter.Renn@CUChicago.edu.

Some of the companies recently hiring CUC students include:

Abbott Laboratories • Allstate Insurance • Blue Cross/Blue Shield • Chase Bank • Chicago Park District • Chicago Police Department • Chicago Symphony Orchestra • Children’s Memorial Hospital • Coca-Cola • IBM Global • Liberty Mutual Insurance • Lucent Technologies Marriott Hotels • Mayo Clinic • McGladrey & Pullen • Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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Faculty Within the College

Career Possibilities

  • Sports Attorney
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Marketer
  • Philosopher of Human Movement
  • Sports Historian
  • Sports Agent
  • Operations Manager
  • TV Rights Professional
  • Merchandising/Licensing Executive
  • Athletic Director
  • Sports Information Director
  • Sports Broadcaster
  • Sports Writer
  • General Manager
  • Scout
  • Reporter
  • Sports Publisher
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