Sports Management concentration
Why Study Sport Management?

The sporting industry in the U.S. is a $200 billion a year business. By earning a business degree with a concentration in sport management, you will be prepared for exciting careers in professional sport management, college and high-school athletic departments, park and recreation programs, health clubs, sports media and marketing, and nonprofit sports and fitness organizations like the YMCA.

Why Choose North Park University

Why North Park?

North Park is located in the heart of Chicago, one of the greatest sports cities in America. Chicago is home to more than a dozen major and minor league professional teams and the national headquarters of the YMCA. As part of the sport management concentration, you will complete a 300-hour internship with a Chicago sports and recreation organization to gain a strong foundation in this fast-growing field.

Careers In Sport Management

  • Athletic director for college or high school
  • Team manager
  • Sports marketing manager
  • Director of team finance and operations
  • Sports philanthropist
  • Public relations executive
  • Stadium manager
  • Community recreation director


By choosing the sport management concentration, you will take four specialized courses and choose one elective in addition to the core business and economics classes:

  • Introduction to Sport Management
  • Sports Marketing and Sales
  • Sports Finance and Operations
  • Business and Professional Ethics
  • Electives: Sports Psychology, Coaching Principles and Administration, Introduction to Athletic Training

Learn more about the courses and requirements for this program.

Internship Requirement and Sites

To earn a business and economics degree with a concentration in sport management you’ll complete a 150-hour minimum internship. This valuable first-person experience in a professional setting will introduce you to the industry and help you build connections that may help you in your first career after college. Our Career Development and Internship Office will help match you with the best internship for your career goals.

North Park University students have completed internships at sites including:

  • The Chicago Bandits
  • Chicago Bears Training Camp
  • Players U. Training Facility
  • Street Soccer USA
  • Wright College Athletic Department
Meet the Faculty

With an advanced degree in sport management and 20 years of experience as a coach and athletic director, Professor John Born has helped develop this new concentration to meet the demands of the job market for sport management specialists.

Learn more about Professor Born and the business faculty.

John Born
Beyond the Classroom

Enhance your education with many extracurricular options, including Business Club or Nonprofit Leadership Club, Career Advantage, University Ministries programs, North Park Theatre, study abroad, Student Government Association, intramural sports, or many other clubs and student organizations. You'll have the chance to expand your leadership skills, make friends, and find new hobbies.