Sports Toursim Program

Master of Business Administration in Sports Tourism

The St. Thomas University Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sports Tourism degree is designed for students who are currently in, or plan to enter, responsible positions of management in sports or tourism. 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 tourism.

The South Florida sports environment features one of the largest and most diverse industry clusters in the United States, with franchises in all major North American professional sports leagues and numerous college athletic programs, along with premier annual events in auto racing, boating, college football bowls, fishing, golf, fishing, tennis, and others. The mild climate makes South Florida a tourism and sports destination all year, and an ideal location for those interested in sports tourism.


Career Landscape

The MBA in Sports Tourism offers a variety of career paths for the prospective professional including college and professional sports, bowl games, local and regional sports commissions, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

  • Sports Tourism is the fastest growing sector in the global tourism and travel industry
  • South Florida sports environment offers unique setting for sports tourism professionals
  • Sports Halls of Fame and Museums Management
  • Amusement Park and Theme Park Management
  • Athletic Director
  • Sports Information Director
  • Sports and Tourism Event Management


Program Highlights

  • Fully on-campus program
  • Affordable
  • Year-round enrollment
  • No GRE or GMAT
  • Evening classes
  • Earn your degree in as little as 15-18 months




Tuition per Credit Hour Technology Fee Per Course Total Tuition & Fees
Tuition $800 $75 $29,550


Start Terms

The Master of Business Administration offers six start terms throughout the year. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to learn more.


Admission Requirements

Admission to the MBA program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with the following required coursework or equivalents:

  • A completed and signed university Application for Admission
  • Official college and/or university baccalaureate transcripts from the institution where the degree was conferred
  • An undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher



Master of Business Administration: 36-45 Credits

Preparatory Courses (if required)

  • ACC 530 Essentials of Accounting: 3 Credits
  • BUS 532 Statistical Analysis for Management: 3 Credits
  • BUS 724 Foundation for Business Studies: 3 Credits

Core Courses: 24 Credits

  • BUS 704 Policy, Planning and Strategy Systems: 3 Credits
  • BUS 775 International Business: 3 Credits
  • BUS 750 Strategic Marketing Management: 3 Credits
  • FIN 751 Financial Management: 3 Credits
  • BUS 777 Data Analytics for Business: 3 Credits
  • MAN 700 Organizational Behavior: 3 Credits
  • MAN 510 Management Ethics: 3 Credits

Sports Tourism Specialization: 12 Credits
Four of the following courses:

  • BUS 536 Entrepreneurship: 3 Credits
  • SPO 506 Sports Tourism Development: 3 Credits
  • SPO 507 Global Sports Tourism: 3 Credits
  • SPO 508 Florida Sport Tourism: 3 Credits
  • SPO 546 Facility and Event Management: 3 Credits
  • SPO 547 Principles of Leisure Services: 3 Credits
  • SPO 790 Supervised Internship: 3 Credits


Graduation Requirements

For graduation, students need to earn a B or better in every course and attain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Individual advising and answers to questions about courses are available by contacting the Program Coordinator.