BA 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 (36) credit hours (24 Business, 12 Sports Administration). Courses are offered in six 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 in just one year.

Graduate business courses are $800 dollars per credit hour. The 36 credit MBA program is one of the most affordable and time-effective programs available.

Online Master of Business Administration in Sports Administration also 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.

What Can You Do with a Sports Management Degree

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, general manager of the New York Giants, has been a part of seven Super Bowl teams, including three winners. He was with Buffalo in 1990 and 1991, Denver in 1997, the Giants in 2000, 2007 and 2011, and Carolina in 2015. The Broncos and the 2007 and 2011 Giants both won the championship.


Featured Professors

  • 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
  • Official transcripts



Core Courses*** – 24 Credits

Preparatory Courses (Required if lacking a business undergraduate degree)

ACC 500 Fundamentals of Accounting (3)

BUS 724 Foundation for Business Studies (3)

BUS 532 Statistical Analysis for Management (3)


Core Courses *** – 24 credits

ACC 770* Managerial Accounting (3)

BUS 704 Policy, Planning and Strategy Systems (3**)

BUS 775 International Business (3)

BUS 750 Strategic Marketing Management (3)

FIN 751 Financial Management (3)

BUS 777 Data Analytics for Business (3)

MAN 700 Organizational Behavior (3)

MAN 510 Management Ethics (3)


Sports Administration Specialization *** – 12 Credits (On-Campus)

Take the following:

SPO 719 Legal Aspects of Sports Administration (3)


Then choose three of the following courses:

BUS 536 Entrepreneurship (3)

SPO 717 Seminar/Principles of Sports Administration (3)

SPO 540 Sports Media and Public Relations (3)

SPO 543 Sports Financial Management (3)

SPO 544 Sports Marketing and Promotions (3)

SPO 546 Facility and Event Management (3)

SPO 547 Principles of Leisure Services (3)

SPO 548 Sports Psychology (3)

SPO 549 Athletic Fundraising (3)

SPO 551 Negotiation in the Sports Industry (3)

SPO 552 Governance of Intercollegiate Athletics (3)

SPO 750 Issues in Sports Administration (3)

SPO 755 Special Topics in Sports Administration (3)

SPO 790 Supervised Internship (3)


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