Sport Management Major

The Saint Mary’s sport management major prepares students to enter a variety of careers in sport, entertainment, and event management. 

Coursework emphasizes understanding business practices and the unique challenges associated with scheduling, promotion, and coordination of physical and human resources in the sport, entertainment, and event industries.

Career Options

Promotion managers; brand managers; sports agents; athletic directors; coaches and scouts; party and event planners; physical therapists; recreation and fitness workers

High School Preparation

Biology; Business; Microeconomics; Physics; Psychology; Statistics

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in sport management oftentimes pursue a double major or minor in public relations or finance

Degree Requirements

A. All of the following:

AC222 Accounting Concepts (3 cr.)

This course provides an introduction to accounting with an emphasis on the interpretation and use of accounting information for effective business decision-making. The course employs an "information user/managerial approach" rather than an "information preparer approach." Students are introduced to the accounting system, financial statement analysis, and quantitative managerial accounting techniques.

BU215 Business Statistics (3 cr.)

Statistical techniques which are commonly used in all areas of business are studied. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, hypothesis testing, regression, and non-parametric statistics. Emphasis is placed on the appropriate use of each procedure and on communicating the results of statistical techniques to others.

BU243 Business Computer Applications (3 cr.)

This course provides in-depth coverage of Microsoft Excel and Access in the context of business applications. Excel topics include formulas and functions, charting, large datasets, pivot tables and what-if analysis. Access topics include relational database concepts, database design, basic query construction, and report generation. This course combines on-line and hands-on learning.

BU285 International Business Environment (3 cr.)

An introduction to the international business environment, including cultures, ethics, economics, geography, and legal systems, associated with our global society. The course serves as a foundation for international business majors and as a survey course for other business majors.

BU312 Business Law I (3 cr.)

This survey course is designed to introduce students to the study of law through a review of its historical origins, the various sources of the law and the practical context in which laws are applied. Particular attention is given to areas of law which are relevant to today's business environment; for example, torts, contracts, agency and sales.

BU452 Strategic Management (3 cr.)

This capstone course in business develops students' understanding of strategic decision-making through integrative use of business knowledge from each of the major functional areas in business. Extensive use of decision cases is made to address such issues as: What is strategy?, Who makes it?; What are the basic strategic options of a firm?; How is the business environment analyzed for strategic purposes? Highlights of the course include a business case competition and computer simulation.

EC261 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr.)

A traditional introduction to the principles of microeconomics, concentrating on behavior of the household and the firm. The course analyzes factors determining prices, production and allocation of economic resources. Current issues are emphasized.

EC262 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr.)

A traditional introduction to the principles of macroeconomics, concentrating on how aggregate levels of economic activity are determined. The course analyzes macroeconomic policies and economic issues such as problems of unemployment and inflation. Current issues are emphasized.

FN341 Corporate Finance (3 cr.)

The goal of corporate financial management is to maximize the wealth of the stockholders. Decisions regarding risk and return, the management of current assets and current liabilities, and capital budgeting are examined in view of this goal. Students are also introduced to the stock market and other financial institutions and systems.

MG219 Principles of Management (3 cr.)

This first course in management stresses an understanding of the management functions as an integral part of the business organization. Attention is given to planning, leading, organizing, controlling and other aspects of the managerial process.

MK217 Principles of Marketing (3 cr.)

This beginning course in marketing develops an understanding of the marketing function and its central importance to the business organization. Attention is paid to a variety of marketing topics including products, channels and distribution, pricing, promotion, buyer behavior, and ethical issues in marketing.

PH362 Business Ethics (3 cr.)

The course examines critically the major ethical or moral theories that are at the basis of decision making in the complex area of contemporary behavior we know as "the business world." It is recommended for business majors.

B. Mathematics: one of the following

(either M148 and M149 or M145 or M151):

M145 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)

This course provides an introduction to noncalculus mathematical modeling methods prevalent in business. Topics include: matrix methods, systems of linear equations and inequalities, linear programming by the geometric method and by the simplex method, and the mathematics of finance.

M148 Calculus I with Precalculus (part 1) (4 cr.)

This course, followed by M149, provides a two-semester sequence that covers the material of M151 along with built-in coverage of precalculus topics. Topics in M148 include: solving equations, functions, classes of functions (polynomial, rational, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic), right triangle trigonometry, angle measure, limits and continuity, derivatives, rules for derivatives. Credit is not granted for this course and M151 or courses equivalent to college algebra and college trigonometry.

M149 Calculus I with Precalculus (part 2) (4 cr.)

This course completes the two-semester sequence that begins with M148, and together with M148 provides a two-semester sequence that covers the material of M151 along with built-in coverage of precalculus topics. Topics in M149 include: trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions, rules for derivatives, applications of derivatives, and definite and indefinite integrals. Credit is not granted for this course and M151.

M151 Calculus I (4 cr.)

This course provides an introduction to the differential and integral calculus. Topics include: the concepts of function, limit, continuity, derivative, definite and indefinite integrals, and an introduction to transcendental functions. Credit is not granted for this course and M148 and M149.

C. All of the following:

MG332 Sport Management (3 cr.)

This course offers a foundation of sport management concepts, skills and techniques. The course also focuses on the area of leadership. Students develop their leadership, decision-making, organization, and management skills for their role in sport administration. Topics to be discussed include program development, leadership development, conflict resolution, facility management, fiscal management, liability and risk management, and public relations.

MG334 Sport Facilities and Event Management (3 cr.)

The course provides a strategic business perspective of sport and facility management. It includes the essentials of facility planning, design, and construction in addition to facility operations, systems, and maintenance. The course addresses financial and legal issues involved in managing a sport or entertainment facility.

MG337 Project Management (3 cr.)

This course examines the project management framework and introduces key terms used in project management. This course will explore the dimensions and elements of project management; concepts, methodologies, strategies, and structures. Upon completion of the course, the student is able to apply project management techniques to develop timelines, network diagrams, and critical path analysis. During the semester, the student has the opportunity to work on a team project where he/she is able to demonstrate understanding of the course objectives.

MK333 Sport Marketing (3 cr.)

The course provides a strategic business perspective of sport and entertainment marketing. It includes the essentials of sport marketing including research, segmentation, product development, pricing, licensing, sponsorship, and communication channels such as advertising, sales promotion, and publicity.

D. One of the following:

MG496/497 Internship: Management (or other approved practical experience course)

BU352 Data Analysis and Business Modeling (3 cr.)

This course is designed to introduce the concept of data science in business.  The application of data science helps businesses make informed decisions by using sound judgment and data.  This is a skill development class that explores how statistics, optimization models, and key performance indicators are used in business.  Students in this course will leave with a specialized skillset used in a variety of roles within an organization.  Storytelling skills are taught and a final project is required.

MG315 Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)

This course provides a first look and overview of modern entrepreneurship.  Course work includes: 1) developing ideas for new business ventures 2) proof of concept exercises 3) understanding various industry climates 4) being able to conduct marketing research and 5) developing a marketing plan.  The importance of entrepreneurship to modern market economies is discussed throughout.  Students will complete a detailed feasibility study and will learn how to compile the marketing section of the business plan for an original idea of their choosing.  

MG496/497 Internship: Management (1–17 cr.)

An opportunity for qualified juniors or seniors to participate in a field experience under the guidance and supervision of competent professionals.

MK352 Digital and Social Analytics (3 cr.)

This course will cover the basic and commonly used statistical concepts used for digital information and social media analytics.  It will proved a study of the theory and implementation of different online digital information, social media, search engine optimization (SEO), and search engine marketing (SEM) analytics.  The course will examine methods that have emerged from digital information and media prove to be of value in recognizing patterns and decision-making activities.  Data visualization and date file access will also be part of the course.  We will survey online software and students will have an opportunity for hands-on analysis.

Please Note:

An internship or a course approved by the department chair and department advisor.