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Sport Management
Welcome to Sport Management at Ursuline College, where we aim to help you to use your passion for sport to create a career in a field that has amazing potential.  As most of you already know, sports are a huge part of the U.S. economy and are expected to keep growing.  It was estimated that by the end of 2014, the size of the United States sport industry would approach $500 billion per year.  The global sport industry is estimated to be over $1.5 trillion!

Jobs in the sports industry consist of more than 3 million jobs in the traditional areas of professional athletes, coaches and scouts, refs and officials, stadium and arena management, and agents, but also in sports advertising and marketing, sport broadcasting, fitness center and recreation management, and sporting goods manufacturers and retailers. 

What makes the Sport Management degree special at Ursuline College is that its home is in the Business Department, and when you complete your degree in Sport Management you will have a dual degree…as you will also have a degree in Business Management.  This will allow you to have insight into the business of sport, as well as business in general. 

The program is structured so that you receive a solid grounding in the basics of business, as well as the specialized knowledge as to how those basics can be applied to the sport industry.  For example, you do not just take a course in Marketing, but you follow that with a course in Sport Marketing.  This will prepare you to apply the principles of marketing to the sport world. 

This program provides a strong foundation in the skills that are needed to be successful in the growing sport management field.

Our Mission

The department’s mission is to teach students contemporary professional business thinking, theory, and ethical practice balancing the art and science of leadership and management in sports.  In particular, the business unit aims:

  • To improve the practice of sport management and leadership through the development of critical thinking, clear and graceful expression, and free and mature judgment,
  • To prepare sport managers and leaders to think systematically, to lead with moral conviction, to be stewards of their organizations, to serve the people they lead and others in society, and
  • To focus on excellence in teaching and learning.

So What Is Special About Sport Management at Ursuline College?

Located in the suburbs of Cleveland, the opportunities for sport management practicums, internships, and jobs abound.  Cleveland is the home of many major and minor league sports franchises, and students in the program have had internships in almost all of these franchises.  The abundance of recreational facilities and fitness centers also provides opportunities if who wish to pursue a career in those fields.  Private girls’ schools also provide the potential for working with youth and passing along your skills to others.

The curriculum is very thorough, in terms of providing you with the skills necessary to enter the field of sport management.  All classes in Business Management are taught by faculty from the Business Department, while many Sport Management classes are taught by members of the Athletic department, and by adjuncts with advanced degrees, and real-world experience in the field.

Classes are small and intimate, so that your voice will always be heard.  Collaborative projects will be completed so that you can hone your skills of teamwork, even if you are not part of an athletic team.  Communication skills are stressed in oral presentations, as well as written projects.  These are skills that employers are looking for when they recruit employees.

It is anticipated that the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education, which currently accredits the Business Management degree, will also accredit the Sport Management degree by early 2015.

Sport Management Fact Sheet