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 You'll Study

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.

Sport Management students must be admitted to the Sport Management major prior to enrolling in upper division (300 level or above) sport management courses. 

Sport Management Core
(45 Hours Required – Business Administration minor required)

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

  • MC204 Strategic Sport Communication (3)
  • MK351 Sport Marketing (3)
  • PE201 Sport & Society (3)
  • SM220 Introduction to Sport Management (3)
  • SM250 Governance of Sport Organizations (3)
  • SM340 Sport Ethics (3)
  • SM360 Sporting Event Management (3)
  • SM370 Practicum in Sport Management (2)
  • 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)
  • SM540 Legal Aspects of Sport & Physical Activity (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.

  • PL204 Ethical Theory (3)
  • 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)
  • AC222 Principles of Accounting II (3)
  • MI101 Introduction to Computer Applications (3)
  • EC225 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • FI361 Financial Management (3)
  • MG301 Principles of Management (3)
  • MI375 Management Info Systems (3)
  • MK301 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • QM257 Business Statistics (3)
  • QM258 Business Statistics II (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 (3) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • MA116 or MS123 (3) 
  • MI101 (3) 
  • PE201 (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • EN140 (3) 
  • QM257 (3)
  • SC105 (3)
  • SM220 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AC221 (3)
  • QM258 (3)
  • SM350 (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • AC222 (3)
  • EC215(3)
  • MC204 (3)
  • PL204 (3)
  • General Education (4)

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

(summer courses are encouraged to avoid 18 hour semesters)

Junior Year

Fall Semester (18 Hours) 

  • EC225 (3)
  • MK301 (3)
  • SM340 (3)
  • SM360 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • FI361 (3)
  • MG301 (3)
  • MK351 (3)
  • SM370 (3)
  • SM460 (3)
  • SM465 (1)

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

Senior Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • MI375 (3)
  • SM455 (3)
  • SM540 (3)
  • SM570 (3)
  • Elective (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.

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 98% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    98% of students in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation report being employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation. 


  • $126k 

    Management Occupations

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a management occupation is $126,480. 





  • $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. 


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  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) logo
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics logo

Getting the Job

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.

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