Sport Management at Messiah College
Prepare for a job in sport management—a growing field that combines your love of sports and interest in business.
The Bachelor of Arts in sport management degree offers you the opportunity to explore a broad based understanding of the primary areas of sport management. The sport management major is designed to prepare you to blend general management skills with the specific demands of managing sports organizations.
In Messiah’s sport management major, you’ll build a strong foundation in a number of key areas such as: management, finance, accounting, marketing, communication, ethics and legal aspects of business. Specific courses in sport management provide you with an understanding of the role of sport in society, the role of management in sport and the opportunities to apply your knowledge in sport-related organizations, all in a Christian learning environment.
Our committed Christian faculty will help you not just understand but also use the technical, interpersonal, moral and conceptual skills and concepts necessary to be an effective manager in a wide variety of sports-related environments.
Sport Management Distinctives
As a Sport Management major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Earn up to 16 credits in the sport industry.
- Have access to top professionals in the sport industry through classroom guest speakers and internships.
- Choose a double major in sport management and accounting or sport management and marketing.
- Take challenging courses such as Ethics and Law in Sport Management, Economics and Governance in Sport, and Sport Facility & Event Management.
- Join the on campus Sport Management Society.
Mission & Goals
The goal of the Sport Management program is to provide quality preparation for administration positions within the sports industry. This focus necessitates sport education professionals teaching sport management students by integrating theory and practice, thus allowing the students to serve a diverse population in a global society. Achieving this goal requires an integration of sport management theory and practice and the interaction of academic sport professionals, practicing sport administrators and goal-oriented students. Instruction centers on how sport management can have a focus in relation to athletics and sport program operation. In turn the program will help achieve the following goals:
- To have constituent satisfaction as the highest priority.
- To ensure continuous improvement and academic excellence.
- Students will demonstrate a strong knowledge base in athletic management, facilities planning, marketing, financing and law in the sport environment.
- Student will be proficient in technological applications of sport management.
Internship & Research Opportunities
Throughout the sport management major, you’ll supplement courses with a variety of practical experiences. Practical experiences are embedded in the curriculum, but you'll also work with Messiah's athletics department. Plus, our strong connections with regional sport organization give you opportunities to work in sport management settings such as:
- Recreational sports organizations
- Minor league teams
- Major league teams
- Sports ministry organizations
The interest in sport activities is at an all time high in the United States and growing. The economic impact of the sport industry on the total economy is staggering. If you consider moneys spent for equipment, travel, tickets, injuries, admissions, insurance, supplies, memberships, etc. the sum is enormous.
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Messiah’s sport management degree program effectively prepares you to gain both the knowledge and practical experiences necessary for your future success in a variety of sport management jobs:
- Sport Management in olympic, intercollegiate, high school, and youth settings
- Athletic Administration
- Recruiting Student-Athlete Affairs Compliance
- Sport Information Operations
- Equipment Management
- Ticketing and Sales Public Relations
- Sponsorship Sales
- Hospitality Management
- Bowls and Special Events
Facilities and Event Management:
- Facility Management/Field Maintenance
- Field Preparation and Conversion
- Ticket Sales and Seating Management
- Marketing and Advertising
- Event Planning and Food Management
- Design and Development
For more information on career planning for the sport management program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.