Sport Management (BS)

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Sport Management
Program Code: 3147

About This Major . . .

The Bachelor of Science in Sport Management prepares students to enter the world of sport business or pursue a graduate degree.  The Sport Management degree provides an overview of the history and role of sport in society, and covers topics such as leadership and ethics, governance and communication, and legal considerations in sport operations.  Students will also obtain business administration skills through courses in accounting, marketing, economics, and business information technology.

Opportunities for college graduates with sport management education and experience are very diverse and challenging.  As sport has evolved into an integral part of the American culture, the operations of sports programs have become more sophisticated and complex.  With an understanding of the intricacies of sport activities and knowledge of effective business practices, graduates will be prepared to oversee sport programs and facilities.  Sport Management positions are found in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, and universities, public and private agencies, government, and the military.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the historical, socio-cultural, and philosophical aspects of sport. (Quantitative Fluency)
  2. Apply fundamental concepts of management, administration, marketing, finance, and economics to sport organizations. (Applied Learning)
  3. Construct codes of personal ethics and apply professional codes of ethics to a sport setting. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Apply skill in interpersonal and organizational communication, to the mass media, in both print and electronic medium. (Communication Fluency)
  5. Explain the relationships between sport and state/federal legislation, the court system, contract law, tort liability, agency law, antitrust law, constitutional law and collective bargaining. (Critical Thinking)
  6. Articulate the implications of the various agencies that govern sport at the professional, collegiate, high school, and amateur levels. (Specialized Knowledge)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA1 23
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 3
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of "C" or better and must be complete by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


This is a 4 credit course. 3 credits apply to the Essential Learning requirements and 1 credit applies to elective credit.


7 semester hours, one course must include a lab.

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select two Activity courses2
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours7

Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours.

Foundation Courses

(9 semester hours)

MARK 231Principles of Marketing3
MANG 201Principles of Management3
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
Total Semester Credit Hours9

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(52 semester hours, must pass all courses with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher in coursework in this area.) 

CISB 101Business Information Technology3
ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics-GTSS13
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics-GTSS13
KINE 200Foundations of Kinesiology3
KINE 205Introduction to Sport Management3
KINE 334Sport Management3
KINE 335Sport in Society3
KINE 340Sport Operations3
KINE 350Leadership and Ethics in Sport3
KINE 342Sport Law and Recreation Risk Management3
KINE 345Survey of Economics and Finance in Sport3
KINE 402Sport Marketing3
KINE 406Governance and Communication in Sport3
KINE 494ASport Management Senior Seminar1
KINE 499Internship12
Total Semester Credit Hours52

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total hours to 120 hours. 21 semester hours, 3 additional upper division hours will be needed.

MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA11
Select additional electives20
Total Semester Credit Hours21
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
KINE 200 Foundations of Kinesiology 3
KINE 205 Introduction to Sport Management 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Science 3
Essential Learning - History 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
CISB 101 Business Information Technology 3
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
MATH 113 College Algebra-GTMA1 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics-GTSS1 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Science 3
Electives (three credit hours) 3
KINA Activity 1
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics-GTSS1 3
MARK 231 Principles of Marketing 3
MANG 201 Principles of Management 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall Semester
KINE 342 Sport Law and Recreation Risk Management 3
KINE 334 Sport Management 3
KINE 345 Survey of Economics and Finance in Sport 3
Electives (six credit hours) 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
KINE 335 Sport in Society 3
KINE 340 Sport Operations 3
KINE 350 Leadership and Ethics in Sport 3
KINE 402 Sport Marketing 3
Electives (three credit hours) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
KINE 406 Governance and Communication in Sport 3
KINE 494A Sport Management Senior Seminar 1
KINA Activity 1
Electives (eight credit hours) 8
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
KINE 499 Internship 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.