Sports Management

The Sports Management program provides students with the opportunity to pursue careers at all levels of sports management, from local recreational facilities to professional organizations. This degree leads to possible employment in three sports industry segments: Spectator, Participant, and Consumer. Students will be prepared to enter the workforce in entry-level positions and/or continue their education through articulation agreements with local four-year institutions. 

The coursework is designed to give the student a broad-based understanding of management, finance, accounting, marketing, communications, and the legal aspects of business as it relates to the sports industry. Specific coursework in Sports Management will provide students with knowledge of the role of sports in society and the role of management in sports. The curriculum is also designed to give students the foundation needed to prepare for the national certification exam administered by the Sports Management Institute.

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Application Requirements:

  • High school transcript or GED transcript. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree, unless specifically requested.
  • College transcript, if applicable
  • Typed personal essay explaining why you chose your desired major.
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from an employer, teacher, guidance counselor, etc.
  • SAT or ACT scores, if taken (critical reading and math scores only).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for all students for whom English is a second language.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be able to perform the following:

  • Create financial statements evaluating the profitability, liquidity, and solvency of the business.
  • Determine optimal operating structures and processes for managerial planning and decision-making for various sport-related businesses.
  • Compare and contrast introductory economic and financial concepts to understanding business, sports, and society.
  • Apply critical thinking to sport business situations requiring a sound legal basis.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (oral and written) and leadership skills by presenting case studies and projects individually and in teams.
  • Employ effective utilization of computer technology/software into homework and projects.



Sports Management Program Director:
Mike Prushan
Academic Center, Room 314
Phone: 610-526-1861
mprushan@harcum.edu