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Columbia College Bachelor's in Sports Management

Help manage sports organizations with a Bachelor's in Sports Management.

Explore sports management at Columbia College

Sports management is a good choice for students interested in the business of sports management. The program at Columbia College focuses on the unique rewards and challenges associated with management and marketing in sports-focused industries. Students gain a strong framework in business theories and principles while also understanding how those concepts apply to athletics.

Learn the industry at all levels from community recreation to major sports organizations. Advance your knowledge of the function of sports management in today’s society. Select from electives such as theories of coaching, diversity in organizations and the psychology of sport.

According to the NCES , “in 2016–17, the greatest numbers of degrees were conferred in the fields of business”. Your degree will be grounded in a liberal arts education, giving you advanced communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Opportunities to study:

  • Business analytics
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Organizational behavior
  • Social media
  • Sports and event marketing
  • Sports finance
  • Sports and society

Prepare to support athletes, teams, organizations

As the popularity of sports increases, organizations will need individuals to promote and manage events, teams and athletes. You’ll graduate with business know-how and an understanding of the sports industry.

Prepare to work in sports organizations spanning from the little league and school athletics, to local and state organizations. Strive towards major national and international sports organizations.

Employment of sports management occupations is expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some possible paths include:

  • Athletic training
  • Coaching
  • Event planning
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Scouting
  • Social media coordination
  • Sports finance

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.

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  • Core requirements 69 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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