​​​Program Description

Have you dreamed of a career that revolves around sports? Would you love to work with a sports team?

If you want to turn your passion for sports into a fulfilling career full of excitement, strategy, and hard work, then our sports management degree program is for you. You’ll learn the business of sports, from ticket sales and event coordination to selling a sponsorship and being a sports agent. As you progress through your major, you’ll grow into a business-minded professional ready to take on the dynamic sports industry on a multitude of levels, with courses and real-world training in everything from fitness, economics, marketing, business, and much more.

Put Your Degree to Work

Did you know, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, that important jobs within the field of sports management are expected to rise within the coming years, with many job growth projections extended through 2028?*

Upon completion of your sports management degree, you could earn the job title of:

  • Sales manager
  • Marketing assistant
  • Special events coordinator
  • Promotions manager
  • Media relations assistant
  • Facilities manager
  • Tournament director
  • Athletic director
  • Many more

Explore your future career in sports management using the tool below.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/home.htm (viewed online April 23, 2020).

For More Information

Visit the College of Health Professions website​ or contact:

CHP Student Service Center
Health Professions Building 1250
Email: chp@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-2315

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Sport Management Major

Selection of this major is to prepare students for a career in sport management. Career options include high school, collegiate, amateur, and professional sport management, sport business management, coaching, or employment with non-profit sport agencies. Coordinated major/minor programs are available on an interdepartmental basis to broaden the employment opportunities in sport retail, merchandising, journalism, broadcasting, or event management. Such coordinated programs require early advisement. Students who desire to pursue one of the career opportunities should contact the department of physical education and sport for early advisement. This major is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).
Total: 40-46 semester hours
Required Courses I
(31-43 hours)
Note: A minimum of 3 hours of PES 499 must be completed.
PES 119
Introduction to Sport Management
PES 180
Sport Management Governance & Organizational Theory
Sport Analytics
PES 280
Economics & Finance in the Sport Industry
PES 293
Field Study in Sport Management
PES 318
Social, Historical, & Global Issues in Sport
PES 360
Sport Sales & Marketing
PES 380
Sport Communication & Mass Media
PES 480
Integration of Sport Management Theory & Practice
PES 499
Internship in Sport Management
Sport Governance: Ethics, Morals, & Values
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
ACC 201
Concepts of Financial Accounting
ENT 210
Accounting Information for Entrepreneurial Decision Making
(0-6 hours)
May select any of the following:
ART 231
Introduction to Graphic Design
BLR 202
Legal Environment of Business
COM 361
Interpersonal Communication
ECO 211
Economics of Professional Team Sports
JRN 350
Public Relations Principles and Practices