COE: BS: Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
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Sport management is a specialized field that involves directing and coordinating the business aspects of sport organizations and athletic associations. Sport managers can be found working for professional sport teams, college and university athletic departments and sport marketing firms. From skill-development schools and recreational facility management to minor league operations, sport managers work at various levels of the industry to bring out the best in the organizations and people they represent.

With the growth of the sport industry in St. Louis and around the world, the demand for qualified sport managers is on the rise. To meet this growing demand, The University of Missouri–St. Louis offers a unique bachelor’s degree program in sport management. Graduates from this program will be equipped with the skills and knowledge for future success and employment in the sport industry.

The Bachelor of Science in Sport Management

UMSL’s Bachelor of Science in Sport Management is an interdisciplinary, professional degree program that prepares students for a wide array of sport-related careers. Curriculum is balanced between educational-community athletics and the business aspects of sport. The coursework provides the knowledge, skills, and practical experiences needed to coordinate school, community, and non-profit sport programs as well as to work with collegiate and professional minor and major league sports teams in a variety of capacities. This foundation provides a springboard to further specialization within the student’s area of interest via a variety of electives, minors, field experiences and internships.

Why Choose UMSL for Sport Management?

  • Opportunities to work on-campus in internships with UMSL’s NCAA Division II athletic programs and our state-of-the-art Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Partnerships with major professional sports organizations in St. Louis that provide opportunities for external internships
  • Flexible scheduling options; courses are offered on-campus and online
  • Student-focused, industry-experienced faculty
  • Rapid job growth in the sport management field in St. Louis

Bachelor of Science in Sport Management Certificates and Minors

Athletic Coaching
Exercise Science
Media Studies
* other undergraduate certificates available in consultation with academic advisor

Career Opportunities

Athletic Director
Promotions Manager
Sports Analyst
Sports Agent
Athletic Coach
Compliance Officer
PR & Media Relations Officer
Team Scout
Equipment Manager
Sports Historian
General Manager
Operations Manager
Facilities Manager

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Program Contact:

Dr. Karen Boleska

463 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-5944


Slide 1 New sport management program jump-starts students’ careers
Sport management students (from left) Eddie Cooney, Connor Horack, Myles Cephas and Lucas Marroquin interned for the Alton River Dragons, a collegiate summer baseball team in the Prospect League, this summer. They gained valuable experience in a variety of roles including ticket sales, community relations, game day operations and inventory. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 UMSL adding new degrees in organizational leadership, sport management
Beginning in the Spring 2020 semester, UMSL students will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development approved the two new degree programs.

General Education Requirements

Students must satisfy the university general education requirements

As part of meeting the university's general education requirements, the following courses prerequisite courses must be completed:

BUS AD 10003
COMM 10403
ECON 10013
ENGL 11003
MATH 10303
PSYCH 10033

There is no foreign language requirement for the degree.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
MGMT 36003
MKTG 37003
PSYCH 24003
SPMGT 1113undefined
SPMGT 2200undefined
SPMGT 4113undefined
SPMGT 49996
Choose five of the following courses: 115
CNS ED 3200
COMM 3395
ECON 3610
MGMT 3611
MGMT 3621
MKTG 3721
MKTG 3765
PHY ED 2134
PHY ED 2136
SPMGT 3285
SPMGT 3380
SPMGT 3731
SPMGT 4213
SPMGT 4990
Total Hours30
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Karen Boleska, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor

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Timothy Makubuya, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor