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Department of Human Performance, Sport, & Health

Sport Management

The study of sport management will prepare you for a wide variety of exciting career options in the diverse field of sport industry. With a bachelor of arts degree in sport management your path may lead you to a career in minor or major league sport management or marketing, working as an administrator in college or high school sports, owning or managing a fitness club, or working in event facilities management, the fastest growing sector in the field.

Our Program

With one of the top sport management programs in the five state region, students are attracted to our sport specific curriculum. Designed to meet National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) accreditation requirements, we offer a multidisciplinary approach that will give you a broad background in all aspects of the industry that includes management and leadership, ethics, marketing, communications, budget and finance, legal aspects, economics, and governance.

Practical Experience

A 400 hour internship is at the heart of our program where you will gain invaluable experience working in the management setting that best fits your career aspirations. Our students have held internships in all segments and levels of the industry as close to home as positions with the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center, managing the intramural sports program, and working in local fitness clubs, to interning with professional sports organizations and teams like NASCAR, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In addition to the internship, our students gain ongoing practical experience with event and facilities management with the Department of Campus Recreation and BSU Athletics, working with every sports team on campus, so that by the time you graduate you will have multiple professional experiences to reference.

Career Options

Developing a personal network is a key element in finding employment in the sports industry. You'll have a head start building a network through your internship experience, by attending state and national professional conferences, and by joining professional organizations all during your undergraduate education. We'll guide you and give you the opportunity to gain the background and experiences you need to stand out.


Contact Information

Dr. Eric Forsyth
Department of Human Performance, Sport, & Health
Phone: (218) 755-2083
Location: PE 224

Dr. Donna Kay Palivec, Chair
Department of Human Performance, Sport, & Health
Phone: (218) 755-2047
Location: PE 226