Sport Management

Sport Management Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

About Sport Management

Prepare for a career in the multi-billion-dollar sport industry.

Get in the game with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from California University of Pennsylvania. The four-year, on-campus program at Cal U blends theoretical knowledge of sport management with practical, hands-on experience, so you'll acquire the skills that employers in today's sport business environment demand.

The bachelor's degree in sport management from Cal U prepares students for careers in many arenas, including:

  • Interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics.
  • Sport marketing.
  • Facility and event management.
  • Sport sales.

Recent graduates have job titles including inside sales representative, food and beverage supervisor, merchandise assistant, ice rink manager, soccer program coordinator, site manager and athletic operations assistant.

Practical experience builds skills - and a strong professional network.

Students in Cal U's sport management program apply their classroom learning to multiple real-life experiences in the business of sport. Volunteer opportunities and a full-time capstone internship give students practical experience and opportunities to network with sport industry professionals.

Throughout the program, students begin building a resume while learning the importance of effective communication, professional development, networking and leadership - precisely the skills that future sport business professionals need.


Fast start: Beginning with their very first semester, students in the sport management degree program get volunteer work experience while completing the Practica in Sport Management course. Volunteer opportunities are provided at a variety of on-campus and off-campus sites that offer a wide range of sport business experiences. For example, students may volunteer with Cal U athletics, local high school athletic programs, area YMCAs, the Pittsburgh Marathon, Special Olympics and more.

Strong finish: After completing all required coursework for the sport management major, Cal U students undertake a 12-credit internship that mirrors a full-time position in the sport business industry. Students select the site for this capstone experience, which in many cases leads to career growth opportunities, including full-time employment. Students also are encouraged to attend conferences, workshops and other professional development events within the sport management field.

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credit hours for the on-campus bachelor's degree in sport management can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

Students in the bachelor's degree program in sport management at Cal U develop skills that employers within the current sport business environment are seeking. Unique courses such as Sales Techniques in Sport and Sport Communications meet the industry's latest technological and hiring demands; courses such as Sport Law and Finance and Economics of Sport provide a solid foundation for employment in a variety of settings.

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Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of Cal U's sport management studies program have found employment within all sectors of the sport management profession, including professional sports, minor league sports, amateur sports, community and recreational sports, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations. For example, recent graduates have found jobs with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Johnstown Tomahawks and Washington Wild Things; the IceoPlex at Southpointe and Colorado Rapids Soccer Club; Nike and GNC; Pittsburgh Sports League; and the Soccer Shots children's program, British Swim School and St. Albans School.

Sport Management Studies - Bachelor's Degree

Faculty and Alumni Support

Students in the sport management program learn from faculty members who combine teaching expertise with a broad range of sport and business backgrounds. In addition, the program embraces a strong corps of sport management alumni who serve as mentors and networking partners for current students and recent graduates. Since its inception in 1999, the B.S. in Sport Management has been one of Cal U's most popular majors.


Beyond the classroom

Membership in the Sport Management Club offers opportunities for students to meet others with similar interests, and to offset some costs that might be associated with networking and professional development activities. The program also works closely with the Career and Professional Development Center to help students secure job shadowing experiences and internships, and to participate in mock interviews, resume reviews, job fairs and other career development activities.

Sport Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

Students who complete the 100% online B.S. in Sport Management Studies learn practical approaches and results-focused strategies to meet the changing needs of organizations throughout the sports industry.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
SPT 100 Introduction to Sport Management 3
SPT 199 Practica in Sport Management 3
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1
General Education/Elective Courses 6
Second Semester 15
COM 363 Sport Communication and Media Relations 3
SPT 300 Psychology of Sport 3
General Education/Elective Courses 9
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
SPT 305 Ethics in Sport Management 3
SPT 320 Administration of Intercollegiate Athletic Programs
General Education/Elective Courses
Fourth Semester 15
SPT 310 Sport Marketing 3
SPT 315 Facility and Event Management 3
SPT 325 Sport and Society OR SOC 309 Sociology of Sport 3
SPT 360 Sports Communication 3
General Education/Elective Courses 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 18
SPT 311 Sales Technique in Sport*
SPT 340 History of Sport* OR HIS 348 History of American Sport*
SPT 400 Legal Aspects of Sport*
General Education/Elective Courses 9
Sixth Semester 15
SPT 410 Governance in Sport*
SPT 425 Organization and Administration of Sport*
300- or 400-level General Education OR Elective Courses 
6 or 9
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
SPT 405 Finance and Economics of Sport* 3
SPT 430 Sport Management Senior Seminar* 3
300- or 400-level General Education OR Elective Courses 9
Eighth Semester 12
SPT 499 Internship in Sport Management (P/F)* 12

*Required major and related courses


B.S., Sport Management Studies

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Sport Management Faculty

Justin Barroner, PGA, MS, MBA
Program Director: Professional Golf Management

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Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. William B. Biddington
Professor; Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy

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Dr. Laura Miller
Associate Professor, Sport Management Program Director

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Dr. Brian Oddi
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Brian D. Wood
Associate Professor

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