Sport today is a significant and pervasive aspect of our society: in response to this demand, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program in Sport Management is designed to develop in the student the skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective business professional within the industry. The program offers an integrated approach to learning that includes core teachings in business, the All College Curriculum, and sport-specific classes. Through this blended approach to education, the Sport Management major is prepared with transferable skills and perspectives from a variety of academic disciplines that allow him/her to remain flexible and responsive to the demands of the industry and to apply best practice in management challenges. Students will be required to select and complete required coursework for one of the following professional concentrations: Event/Facility Management, Coaching or Sport Marketing and Communication.
Career and/or Graduate Study Options
Students with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Sport Management degree can work in a variety of activities, businesses and organizations related to sport, fitness and recreation. Sport managers can be employed in professional, collegiate and amateur sport organizations as well as social agencies and industrial and military programs. Corporations, sport consulting and marketing firms are also sites for employment. Students can also pursue a graduate degree in sport management, management or business administration. Mount Ida College also offers related programs in Business Administration, Equine Management, and Hospitality Management. Students also have the option to apply to Mount Ida’s 4 + 1 Accelerated Masters Program and earn both an undergraduate degree and a Master of Science in Management in Sport Leadership degree in 5 years.
In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will:
- Meet the needs of the contemporary sport industry nationally and globally;
- Recognize the cultural influences that shape sport on the social and psychosocial levels which impact individual and group performance;
- Apply management theory within the sport setting and understand leadership as it relates to management success;
- Develop a personal philosophy regarding social responsibility in the sport management setting;
- Apply fundamental marketing concepts to sport management tasks;
- Develop a variety of communication skills to deal effectively with others;
- Be familiar with budget development and financial control to include methods and principles as they relate to industry needs;
- Understand economic principles and apply them to sport nationally and globally;
- Be familiar with the governing agencies of sport organizations to include their authority, function and structure;
- Be familiar with those legal concepts that are commonly applied within the sport industry;
- Develop practical skills from a sequence of practica in the sophomore and junior year, culminating in an in-depth fifteen-week 6- or 12-credit internship upon the completion of 80 credits.
Policies, Conditions, and Fees
Conditions for Progression in Program: Sport Management majors must be in good standing and meet the academic progression standards of the College in order to register for the third and fourth year sequence of courses. In addition, to qualify for advanced standing the student must meet the following program-specific standards by the conclusion of his/her sophomore year:
- A grade of C or higher is required in all SM courses.
- Courses with grades of C- or less must be retaken.
- A CGPA of 2.00 or higher must be obtained by the end of the sophomore year.
After the sophomore year the student must continue to meet the academic progression standards of the College and also meet the program-specific standard of a C or higher in all SM classes.
- The Program Director and the School Director, in consultation with the Office of Academic Affairs and other appropriate administrators as needed, will review the standing of any student whose record, performance or conduct may indicate termination from the program. Review will take place at the end of every semester. A student may appeal any action taken by the department regarding his/her dismissal from the major through the appropriate academic channels and judicial process as stated in the Student Handbook.
- The Program Director, in consultation with the Director of the School of Business, reserves the right to exclude students from any internship for academic deficiencies or breaches of conduct as stated in “Internship Placement Policies” in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the College Catalog.
- All Sport Management majors must follow the internship placement policies as stated in the College Catalog for SM 442 and SM443 (Sport Management Senior Internship). Additionally, students must submit an application for the Internship, SM 442 and SM443, at least one semester prior to enrollment in the internship program (prerequisites include: CGPA 2.0 or above, CGPA in Sport Management Courses 2.3 or above, and 80 credits earned). Exceptions may be made by Program and School Director for exceptional academic work and personal conduct. This application must be submitted to the Program Director for arrangement and final approval.
Transportation costs to and from the internship are the student’s responsibility.