Major Code BS8123
College of Business
609 Copeland Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Ming Li, contact person
Sport management is an applied field of study based on the integration of the special nature of sport endeavors and management theory, and administrative principles applied to sport involvement. Sport management includes any combination of skills related to planning, organizing, leading and evaluating within the context of an organization or department whose primary product or service is related to sport. The undergraduate sport management program at Ohio Univerity is designed to provide students with the academic preparation and practical training required for success in the sport industry. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Sport Science and a minor in business.
All students interested in the sport management program must first be admitted by Ohio University. They will then enter the program with a premajor code of ND8840 (presport management). To be admitted into the major, a student must apply and be accepted after successfully completing seven courses in the sport management prerequisite (with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course and achieve an accumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher). Upon successful completion of the above requirements, a student can seek admission into the major.
Change of Program Policy
Any student who is interested in the sport management program can apply for transfer into the program with a premajor code of ND8840 (presport management). He or she will then have to successfully complete the courses in the sport management prerequisite in order to be admitted into the major.
External Transfer Admission
Any student from another institution who is interested in the sport management program at Ohio University can apply for transfer into the program with a premajor code of ND8840 (presport management). He or she will then have to successfully complete the courses in the sport management prerequisite in order to be admitted into the major.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
The undergraduate sport management program prepares students for careers in professional sports, college athletics, amateur sports, youth sports or corporate positions with a sport-related component. Job functions in the sport industry include facility management, sport promotion and marketing, sport media, customer or community relations, sport sponsorship, licensing, sport information and sport law. Common job titles include marketing and promotions director, academic services for student athletics, corporate sales director, director of ticketing and finance, sporting goods sales representative, facility coordinator, athletic director, compliance director, athletic business manager, fitness manager and program director of community sport programs. Job responsibilities vary with the type of organization, area of sport industry and level of management. Job duties may involve working with corporations in special-event promotions and sponsorship. They may also include accounting, ticketing, and financial operations of a sporting event or program. The sport manager may be involved in facility and event management, sport broadcasting and media relations, or the sales of sporting goods and licensed sport products. Alumni of the undergraduate sport management program at Ohio University can be found throughout the country. Graduates of the program are employed with professional sport teams, college athletic departments, sport marketing and event-management firms, etc.