MBA in Sports Management

Master of Business Administration in Sports Administration

The St. Thomas University, Miami, Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sports Administration degree is designed for students who are currently in, or plan to enter, responsible positions of management in sports. The MBA program provides a balance between the quantitative and qualitative aspects of management. The curriculum provides a basic knowledge in the core areas of business, with a specialization in sports administration.

This program is tailored to those who have the drive, passion, and hunger needed to succeed in the competitive world of sports. Getting an MBA in sports management is the perfect route for those who work hard and have an intense enthusiasm for furthering their knowledge on the business aspect that occurs behind the scenes and off the field.You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from various alumni and guest speakers who will share insight on the various sports fields they represent.

STU promises to deliver a personalized private education and strives to give our students the best opportunity for success through the various tools we have at our disposal. Tools such as our dedicated professors and extensive network of alumni will go a long way in preparing our students for taking on more of a leadership role in the sports management industry.

The MBA program requires (4) credit hours (27 Business, 15 Sports Administration). Courses are offered in five 8-week terms during a calendar year. All courses are 3 hours of credit. The MBA curriculum enables full-time students to complete the degree program in as few as seven 8-week terms (i.e. less than 18 months).

Graduate business courses are $782 dollars per credit hour. The 42 credit MS program is one of the most affordable and time-effective programs available.


Required Business Core Courses

ACC 770 Managerial Accounting
BUS 533 Quantitative Methods for Business
BUS 673 Management Writing and Reporting
BUS 704 Policy, Planning and Strategic Management
BUS 705 Advanced Information Systems
ECO 534 Managerial Economics for Business Decision-Making
FIN 751 Financial Management
MAN 510 Management Ethics
MAN 700 Organizational Behavior

Sports Administration Specialization


SPO 717 Seminar/ Principles of Sports Administration
SPO 719 Legal Aspects of Sports Administration


Choose three of the following courses

SPO 540 Sports Media and Public Relations
SPO 543 Sports Financial Management
SPO 544 Sports Marketing and Promotions
SPO 546 Facility and Event Management
SPO 547 Principles of Leisure Services
SPO 548 Sports Psychology
SPO 549 Athletic Fundraising
SPO 551 Negotiation in the Sports Industry
SPO 552 Governance of Intercollegiate Athletics
SPO 750 Issues in Sports Administration
SPO 755 Special Topics in Sports Administration
SPO 789 Directed Readings
SPO 790 Supervised Internship

Other Business and/or Management electives as available

Career Landscape 

Students who earn a MBA in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University will be fully prepared for a number of career possibilities in a variety of organizations, including professional sports teams, college athletics departments, sports media and marketing, merchandising, leisure and recreational services, and more.

Management positions available in the following organizations: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, ATP, WTA, PGA, LPGA, MLS, NASL, NASCAR, NCAA, NAIA, as well as various events, governing organizations, and manufacturers in the sports industry.

Some of the Sports Management jobs include but aren't limited to:

  • President / CEO / General Manager
  • Executive Vice President
  • Vice President
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Revenue Officer
  • Athletic Director
  • Sports Information Director
  • Fundraising/Major Gifts Director
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Marketing Director
  • Facilities Director
  • Sports and Wellness Director
  • Financial Management Director
  • Parks and Recreation Director
  • Sports Advertising Sales Director
  • Athletics Communications Director
  • Athletics Director for Compliance
  • Compensation Director
  • Customer Relations Director
  • Media Relations Director
  • Programs and Assessment Director
  • Community Services Director
  • Event Marketing Director
  • Guest Services Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Sports Marketing Manager
  • Sports Camp Director

Featured Alumni

Al Avila ’86, general manager of the Detroit Tigers, has been with the  Tigers for 15 years. Under his leadership, the Tigers have won the American League Pennant in 2006 and 2012, and won four straight AL Central titles from 2011-2014

Andy Elisburg ’89, general manager and senior vice president of operations for the Miami Heat, joined the franchise in its inaugural 1988 season. For the past 21 years, he has been working in basketball operations, and has played an integral role in salary cap planning and basketball operations management, while overseeing the day-to-day operations at American Airlines Arena.

Dave Gettleman ’86, former general manager of the Carolina Panthers, has been a part of six Super Bowl teams, including three winners. He was with Buffalo in 1990 and 1991, Denver in 1997 and the Giants in 2000, 2007 and 2011. The Broncos and the 2007 and 2011 Giants, which both won the championship.

Featured Professors

  • Dr. Ted Abernethy, Director of Sports Administration programs. Over 20 years of experience
  • Dr. Seok-Ho Song, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 10 years of experience.
  • Dr. Robert Epling, Associate Professor of Sports Administration and Advisor. Over 20 years of experience.

For questions, contact Ted Abernethy, Program Director, at 305-628-6630

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • 2-page goal statement
  • Interview with faculty members


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