Sports Administration

In 1973, St. Thomas University pioneered the first undergraduate Sports Administration program which received program approval by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) in 2001. Developed by a group of nationally known sports executives, the program blends liberal arts, business and sports administration and management courses in a curriculum designed to prepare graduates for management positions with college and school athletic programs, professional sports organizations, community and private fitness and recreation programs, and multipurpose facilities. The South Florida sports environment provides a natural laboratory setting for students to obtain valuable experience while pursuing their degrees.

In 1977, St. Thomas University began offering a Master of Science (M.S.) in Sports Administration as a vehicle for teaching the unique skills of management necessary for the modern sports administrator. The curriculum design, blending management and sports business courses, meets the challenge of the rapidly changing world of sports. The growth of professional sports, college athletics, leisure services, facility management, and media and business participation has created a need for specialized professional preparation. The complex nature of today’s sports programs is increasing the need for professionally prepared sports managers.

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN SPORTS ADMINISTRATION

In 1973, St. Thomas University pioneered the first undergraduate Sports Administration. Developed by a group of nationally known sports executives, the Sports Administration program blends liberal arts, business, and sports administration courses in a curriculum designed to prepare graduates for management positions with college and school athletic programs, professional sports organizations, community and private fitness and recreation programs, and multipurpose facilities. The South Florida sports environment provides a natural laboratory setting for students to obtain valuable experience while pursuing their degrees. The Sports Administration program has been approved by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).

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Career Opportunities

Students with a BA in Sports Administration degree will be able to pursue careers in the ever growing sports marketing and administration market. Jobs can be found at many large corporations with divisions that focus on consumer ties to athletics. Career opportunities include sport information directors, athletic directors and sport communication relations directors.

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

PET 2302 Applied Sports Science
SPB 3813 Sports Financial Management
SPM 4304 Sports Marketing and Promotions
SPO 497 Internship in Sports Administration

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MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN SPORTS ADMINISTRATION

The St. Thomas University Master of Business Administration degree is designed for students who are currently in, or plan to enter, responsible positions of management. The MBA program provides a balance between the quantitative and qualitative aspects of management and focuses on the needs of part-time students who may have special concerns because of their employment responsibilities. The MBA also provides an opportunity for full-time students to complete the degree program in as few as seven nine-week terms, i.e., less than 18 months.

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Career Opportunities

  • Sports Administrator
  • Corporate Sponsorship Director
  • Head Coach
  • General Manager

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

SPO 719 Legal Aspects of Sports Administration
SPO 540 Sports Media and Public Relationst
SPO 543 Sports Financial Management
SPO 548 Sports Psychology

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SPORTS ADMINISTRATION

The Master of Science in Sports Administration is open to students who desire a career in the management of sports. The program requires thirty-six (36) credit hours including up to six (6) hours of internship credit, for those who elect this option. All courses are three (3) hours of credit. The program is designed to enable full-time students to complete 30 hours of coursework during one calendar year, leaving the final six (6) hours for an internship at a location agreeable to all parties involved. This program has been designed for graduate students who desire a management-oriented degree in the field of Sports Administration. Successful completion of an undergraduate degree serves as an entry foundation, regardless of the major or “specialization” at the undergraduate level. Program contents will enable each student to pursue a variety of specializations within the sports industry.

Career Opportunities

  • Sports Administrator
  • Corporate Sponsorship Director
  • Head Coach
  • General Manager

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

SPO 510 Sports Ethics
SPO 717 Seminar/Principles of Sports Administration
SPO 719 Legal Aspects of Sports Administration
MAN 703 Human Resource Management

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SPORTS ADMINISTRATION - GRADUATE BUSINESS CERTIFICATE

Graduate Business Certificates increase student’s knowledge and skills by completing four courses in an area of specialization. Business Certificates are available ONLY in conjunction with graduate degree programs, and students should apply for the certificates when they apply for the degree.

The graduate Certificate in Sports Administration is available to individuals who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the management of sports.

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