The electives in Sport Management are offered through the Sports Sciences department and prepare students for management and leadership positions in the rapidly expanding sport and fitness industries. This elective path provides training and experiential learning opportunities for students pursuing management careers with professional sports franchises, intercollegiate athletic departments, intramural and recreational sports programs, as well as, health and fitness clubs. In addition to the required MBA courses, students in the Sport Management electives will complete 3 elective courses focused on key functional knowledge in the sport and fitness industries such as sales, marketing, finance, public relations, operations, and facilities and event management.
Sport Management Electives:
- SPTS 265. Advanced Sports Law (4) This course addresses legal issues and responsibilities relevant to professionals in the areas of sports medicine, sport management, sport pedagogy and athletics. General legal principles supported by case law in such areas as negligence, contract law, constitutional law, antitrust laws and unlawful discrimination are offered.
- SPTS 269. Advanced Management of Sport Enterprises (4) The purpose of this class is to prepare graduate students to lead in the unique business environment of sport. The unique governance structure of intercollegiate athletics and professional sports will be presented. Students will then develop a multi-frame approach to management of sport organizations. Students will also explore the subjective nature of leadership to develop a style best suited for sport. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of applied research using leadership and management theories.
- SPTS 274. Advanced Sport Marketing and Promotions (4) An in-depth study of the unique nature of sport marketing that focuses onthree areas. Students will learn how to market sport products and events. Thecourse will explore the many mechanisms through which sport is used as amarketing tool. Finally, students will learn to gain maximum benefit from therelationship between sport and the media.
- SPTS 275. Advanced Sport Management (4) This class provides graduate students with the knowledge base necessary tolead the mega-events and manage multipurpose and single-use facilitiescommon in sport. The first portion of the course will be devoted to event planning, marketing and execution. The second part of the course will focus onthe planning, design and maintenance of sports facilities. Special attentionwill be given to the environmental impact of sporting events and facilities.
- SPTS 287A/B. Advanced Internship: Sport Management (4) Professional leadership experience for graduate students. Agency placementis based on student goals and professional leadership background.