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Sport Management

Concentration in Business and Economics

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.

Requirements

52 hours of major coursework
46 general education courses
120 total credits to graduate
Full program requirements

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

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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.

 Faculty Spotlight:
John Born

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.

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Interesting Classes

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

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