B.S. in Sport Management

The sport industry needs highly trained professionals to meet the ever-changing economic and lifestyle growth patterns in tomorrow’s marketplace. With the proliferation of both recreational and spectator sports, the Sport Management discipline is growing increasingly complex. As a result, successful organizations in the sports industry are constantly searching for leaders with specialized training. The Sport Management program prepares students for management and leadership positions with professional sports teams, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, and recreation programs at colleges, universities and amateur athletic organizations.

>>You can also earn a BS in Sport Management through our Online Learning program, click here to learn more.

Program Goals:

  • Teach aspiring sports executives the skills that professional teams and clubs, collegiate properties and other sports businesses seek
  • Apply business management concepts to the major issues currently facing sport managers
  • Prepare students to develop, manage, and lead initiatives and to develop and set policies in athletic administration, sport promotion and marketing, arena and stadium management, and service management
  • Help students to apply their knowledge during internships, industry-related site visits and student-run events
  • Provide faculty who are top scholars in the field to teach core classes in administration, marketing, legal issues, research and finance.

Curriculum and Advising

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, you must successfully complete 120 hours of prescribed coursework. Professional core courses, related option courses and specialization electives are taken during your last two years of work. A posting of the full list of sport management courses and brief description are listed in the undergraduate catalog for the University of Florida. For information about the required coursework please schedule an appointment with one of our Academic Advisors:

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Internship and Practicum Resources

Required Internship

One of the things that makes TRSM unique when compared to other majors is all TRSM students are required to complete a full semester of internship. This internship requirement must be completed prior to graduation and should be completed during the semester of expected graduation after all other coursework has been successfully completed. Credit hours for the internship requirement are included in the credit hour total required for graduation.

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Optional Practicum Opportunities

The optional practicum is designed to provide practical experience for students in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management. Students can earn elective course credit by maintaining a part-time workload in a setting appropriate to their specialization such as athletic programs, corporate and private event and meeting planners, visitors’ bureaus, sports commissions, theme parks and attractions, resorts, hotels, destination management organizations and sports agencies where significant learning possibilities exist. For more information about the practicum option, click here.

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Career Outlook

Networking and Industry Outreach: Obtaining employment in tourism, event management, recreation and/or sport requires an intentional effort at building relationships (i.e., networking) with industry professionals. Networking opportunities are shared weekly through the Pulse Email Newsletter. For more information about networking opportunities, contact Dr. Craig Schmitt, Director of Engaged Learning & Outreach at craig33@ufl.edu.

Students who pursue careers in Sport Management have a variety of options. Among the most popular career opportunities are:

  • Athletic/sport equipment companies
  • Professional, intercollegiate and amateur sport organizations
  • Sports facilities
  • Sports governing organizations
  • Sports marketing organizations

For more information about career opportunities in Sport Management, please schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor or visit the Career Resource Center.

Combined Degree Program

The B.S./M.S. combined degree program allows qualified students to earn both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management with 12 credit hours of graduate coursework counting towards both degrees. This program allows students to complete both degrees within a five year time period instead of the usual six years. Click here to learn more.

Interested students should meet with a TRSM academic advisor early in their undergraduate career to determine eligibility. 


Opportunities for Involvement and Leadership

For more information about these and all HHP student organizations, please visit our Student Involvement page.

Study Abroad

Go further with HHP's study abroad program. Our immersive study abroad programs provide opportunities in tourism, recreation, sport management, natural resources and health. Work with local cultural institutions and health organizations as you explore the world around you. Upcoming TRSM Study Abroad locations are listed below:


Financial Aid

 A variety of types of assistance are available including federal loans, work-study positions, scholarships, full-time and temporary employment and private sources. The Office for Student Financial Affairs at the University of Florida provides information about how to apply for financial aid at UF, deadlines and financial aid programs.


UF Student Resources

Dean of Students
http://www.dso.ufl.edu/

GatorWell Health Promotion Services
http://gatorwell.ufsa.ufl.edu/

Counseling & Wellness Center
http://www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/

University Police Department
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Student Health Care Center
http://shcc.ufl.edu/

Off Campus Life
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Student Legal Services
http://www.studentlegalservices.ufl.edu

Academic Resources

http://www.ufadvising.ufl.edu/student-resources/

Finish your BS and MS in 5 years with a Combined Degree in Sport Management

Combined degrees offer you the chance to earn an undergraduate and a graduate degree at an accelerated pace. If you meet combined degree application requirements, you can enroll in up to 12 credits of graduate courses during your junior and senior years. These credits will satisfy undergraduate degree requirements and, if you are admitted to the UF Graduate School, they will also satisfy part of your graduate degree requirements.

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