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 Sport management student Alex Elmore volunteers at 2022 Dempsey Challenge
Alex Elmore (second from right), a senior sport management major, traveled to Lewiston, Maine, with Karen Boleska (fourth from right), director of UMSL’s sport management program, to volunteer at the 2022 Dempsey Challenge. During the September weekend, Elmore worked with other volunteers to erect virtually the entire venue at Simard-Payne Park, including barricades, fences and tents. (Photo courtesy of Karen Boleska)
Slide 2 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 3 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:

COMM 1040Introduction to Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)3
or EDUC 2222 Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning
ECON 1001Principles of Microeconomics (MOTR ECON 102)3
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
MATH 1030College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)3
PSYCH 1003General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3

There is no foreign language requirement for the degree.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
MGMT 3600Management and Organizational Behavior3
MKTG 3700Principles of Marketing3
SPMGT 1113Introduction to Sport Management and Administration3
SPMGT 2200Legal Issues in Sports3
SPMGT 3100Ethics in Sports3
SPMGT 4113Educational and Community Athletics3
SPMGT 4999Sport Management Internship6
Choose five of the following courses: 115
CNS ED 3200
Interpersonal Skills in Helping Relationships
COMM 1150
Introduction to Public Relations
COMM 2231
Communication in the Organization
COMM 3370
Social Media in Public Relations
ECON 3610
Economics of Sports, Gaming, and Gambling
Video Production I
Introduction to Digital Multimedia Production
MGMT 3611
Advanced Management and Organizational Behavior
MKTG 3720
Advertising and Promotion
MKTG 3721
Introduction to Digital Marketing Strategies
MKTG 3722
Introduction to Social Media Marketing
MKTG 3765
Sports Marketing
PHY ED 2134
Personal Physical Fitness
PHY ED 2136
Facilities Management
PSYCH 2400
Sports Psychology
SPMGT 3731
Sports Media and Technology
SPMGT 4213
Athletic Compliance
SPMGT 4990
Sport Management Field Experience
Total Hours39

Students may take up to six hours from any area as pre-approved by advisor.


Students may take up to nine hours of SPMGT 4990.

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Karen Boleska, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor

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Timothy Makubuya, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor