With high-quality education, the sport management degree is designed for students interested in living in the sports world.

The Bachelor of Science in Sport Management degree is the first in Missouri to have COSMA accreditation. The program is unique in having a required business administration minor and every sport management course involves a practical component. The additional requirement of the minor gives Southeast Sport Management graduates an advantage due to the extra skill set gained in the minor. This requirement also prepares the graduate to enter a Master of Business Administration graduate program. 

What You’ll Do  

Students gain experience in NCAA Division I athletics, an active student recreation program that features two recreation centers, as well as multiple golf courses in the area. In addition, you’ll: 

  • Gain practical experience through class projects, practica, and internships.  
  • Interact with dedicated faculty mentors in a small class environment. 
  • Take the professional seminar in sport management course to examine your professional goals, set priorities for your internship, and understand the process of preparing for interviews. 

What Can You Do with a Sport Management Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Internship and Employment Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Affiliated minor league baseball (Springfield Cardinals, Memphis Redbirds, Tennessee Smokies, etc.)
  • Independent minor league baseball (River City Rascals, Gateway Grizzlies, Evansville Otters, etc.)
  • Major League Baseball (St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers)
  • National Football League (Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts)
  • National Hockey League (St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators)
  • National Basketball Association (San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies)
  • Intercollegiate Athletics (University of Tulsa, Mizzou, Murray State University, University of Chattanooga, Texas State University)
  • United States Olympic Training Centers (Lake Placid, Colorado Springs)
  • Missouri Special Olympics
  • St. Louis Sports Commission
  • Gateway Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Platinum Sports & Entertainment
  • Dicks Sporting Goods, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Johnny Mac's
  • Rawlings Sporting Goods

Sport Management Degree Map

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Outcomes & Careers 

  • $107k 

    Management Occupations

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a management occupation is $107,360. 





  • $98k

    Athletic Business Managers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an athletic business manager is $98,070. 





  • $86k

    Sports Agent

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a sports agent is $86,620. 


What You'll Study

Degree Map

As a sport management major, you’ll experience all areas of sports from facilities to sports to community relations. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

  • Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • Present an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Complete a minimum 30 semester degree credit hours.
    • Complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better: MA115 or MA116 or MA123, MI101, SC105, EN140, and SM220
    • The Sport Management Director will send a letter of acceptance with a copy of admission policy to successful applicants via email. Those individuals who do not meet the admission criteria will be notified in writing.
    • Students denied acceptance are permitted to re-apply fro admission after they hve met the admission criteria.

Sport Management Core

A grade of ‘C’ is required in each core course

  • PE201 Sport & Society (3)
  • SM220 Introduction to Sport Management (3)
  • SM250 Governance of Sport Organizations (3)
  • SM303 Analysis of Research in Sport (3)
  • SM340 Sport Ethics (3)
  • SM351 Sport Fan Behavior & Maketing (3)
  • SM360 Sporting Event Management (3)
  • SM370 Practicum in Sport Management (2)
  • SM410 Diversity in Sport (3)
  • SM455 Sport-Related Venue Design & Operation (3)
  • SM460 Fund of Sport Delivery Systems (3)
  • SM465 Professional Seminar in Sport Management (1)
  • SM470 Sport Management Internship (12)
  • SM512 Contemporary Issues in Sport (3)
  • SM540 Legal Aspects of Sport & Physical Activity (3)
  • SM551 International Sport Management (3)
  • SM570 Management & Leadership in Sport Organizations (3)
Support Courses:
Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements. A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each support course.
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
Business Administration Minor (30 Hours) – Required
A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each course.
  • AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • BL255 Business Law (3)
  • EC215 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • FI361 Financial Management (3)
  • MG301 Principles of Management (3)
  • MK301 Principles of Marketing (3)
Recreation Management Track:
  • RC100 Leisure in a Diverse Culture (3)
  • RC371 Challenge Course Administration & Facilitation (3)
  • RC380 Programming for Recreation Services (3)
  • RC420 Organization & Administration of Recretion Services (3)
  • RC440 Facilitation of Group Development (3)
  • RC450 Outdoor Adventure as Treatment (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 
  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • MA116 or MA123 (3) 
  • PE201 (3) 
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (15 Hours)
  • EN140 (3) 
  • SC105 (3)
  • SM220 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 
  • AC221*/RC440 (3)
  • BL255*/RC371 (3)
  • SM250 (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (15 Hours)
  • EC215*/RC100(3)
  • MK301*/RC380(3)
  • SM340 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Milestone: Application to the BS in Sport Management by 2nd semester of sophomore year

Junior Year

Fall Semester (14 Hours) 
  • MG301* (3)
  • SM303 (3)
  • SM360 (3)
  • SM370 (2)
  • SM465 (1)
  • Elective (2)

Spring Semester (18 Hours) 

  • SM351 (3)
  • SM410 (3)
  • SM460 (3)
  • SM512 (3)
  • Elective/RC420 (3)
  • Elective/RC450 (1)

Milestone: A grade of ‘C’ or higher is required in all major courses

Senior Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours)
  • FI361* (3)
  • SM455 (3)
  • SM540 (3)
  • SM551 (3)
  • SM570 (3)
Spring Semester (12 Hours)
  • SM470 (12)

Milestone: A 2.5 GPA is required for major and overall to complete the degree

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

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Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.


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The sport management degree program at Southeast Missouri State University has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. The sport management program with the following degree is accredited by COSMA:

  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management

COSMA Accreditation

Sports Management COSMA Accreditation information

COAPRT Accredited Information

COAPRT Standard 2.05.05

Recreation Administration Assessment Data

2022 / N=2

2021 / N=5

2020 / N=8

7.01 Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the following entry-level knowledge:
a) the nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism or related professions and their associated industries; 50% 100% 92%
b) techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries; 50% 100% 92%
c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy 50% 100% 92%
7.02 Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. 100% 80% 100%
7.03 Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions. 50% 80% 83%
7.04   Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate, through a comprehensive internship of not less than 400 clock hours and no fewer than 10 weeks, the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in park, recreation, tourism, or related organizations. 100% 100% 100%

COAPRT Standard 3.06

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COAPRT Standard 3.07

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… University's Recreation Administration Advising Track is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada, and Mexico

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