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Score Your Career in the Sports Industry with TROY’s Sports Management Degree

Are you an avid sports fan, athlete or enthusiast who hopes to work in the sports industry after you graduate? Whether you want to work with athletes, teams, media outlets or fans, Troy University’s bachelor’s degree in sports management prepares you to excel in various roles. Covering hospitality, sports and tourism management, the sports management major allows you to create your own path to a career in sports. At TROY, you’ll learn at a respected, accredited institution — and gain the knowledge and experience you need to land sports management jobs.

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“I always knew I wanted to work in athletics, but I was never quite sure in what capacity until I began the hospitality, tourism and sports management program at Troy University. I was given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in so many different areas from the very beginning in order to really find my niche. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Martin and Dr. Mathner for pouring so much into me to be where I am today.”
Addyson Bryan | Assistant Director of Compliance at Ole Miss | 2022 graduate, Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management

A Sports Management Program Emphasizing Practical Experience

From the time you declare your sports management major to the time you graduate, you’ll experience numerous opportunities for practical, real-world sports industry experience. Volunteer at sports-related events. Complete a sports-centered internship. Earn credit for work experience and apply what you’ve learned through assignments that reflect careers in the sports industry. You can also study abroad on trips led by the hospitality, tourism and sports management faculty.

Accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)

Earn your sports management degree from a university recognized for excellence in sports management education. TROY’s sports management program is accredited by the respected Commission on Sport Management Accreditation, which validates the program meets rigorous standards. A COSMA-accredited degree is a valuable credential that gives you an advantage in the job market because it signals to employers you have the competencies they seek for sports management jobs.
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Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, your coursework may include:
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Sports Management Program Locations

Get the flexibility you need by earning your sports management degree online or in person. For more information about program availability and delivery options call 1-800-414-5756

Learn from Faculty Invested in Your Career

TROY’s sports management program has a strong record of producing graduates who can go straight from their undergraduate study into careers in the sports industry. This is largely due to our award-winning faculty, who work closely with and mentor our sports management majors. TROY’s faculty will help you pursue sports industry experience while in the program so you can secure work as a professional after graduation.

Beyond their commitment to mentorship, TROY’s sports management faculty also bring diverse experiences to the classroom. They have worked in parks and recreation management, collegiate recruiting, collegiate coaching, intercollegiate athletics marketing, intercollegiate athletics compliance and data analytics. Through dynamic, current content, they’ll challenge you to think critically, use data and research to inform decisions and prepare to solve problems and add value in your future career.

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Sports Management Careers

As a sports management major, you’ll have extensive opportunities for careers in the sports industry after graduation. Sports management jobs can take shape in professional major or minor leagues, intercollegiate athletics administration, university/campus recreation, interscholastic athletics administration, parks and recreation management or nonprofit settings.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Christina Martin

Dr. Christina Martin

Dr. Christina Martin is Director and Professor of the hospitality, tourism and sport management program. As a previous member of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) and an avid researcher of sports marketing and communication, Dr. Martin brings a wealth of experience to TROY’s sports management programs. She has won numerous awards, including the Sun Belt Conference Faculty Member of the Year, and she was inducted into the COSMA Hall of Fame as a Master Professor in 2021.

Minor Options for the Sport Management Degree

You can choose from any minors at TROY, but the following minors pair especially well with the sports management degree:
Esport Management
Tap into your passion for gaming and boost your career options with a minor in esports. This minor helps you build the skills to manage, promote and market esports events.
Event Management
Develop event planning, promotion and operations skills to prepare for sports management jobs such as game day coordinator, sport marketer or facility development manager. View event management courses.
Hospitality Management
Gain customer service, event planning and food service skills for sports management jobs. This minor will help you succeed in roles such as event coordinator, facility manager, sales representative and communications. View hospitality management courses.
Tourism Management
Expand your knowledge of tourism, event planning and marketing. The tourism management minor can help you excel in events coordination and management, sports marketing, site management, sales and more. View tourism management courses.

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FAQ About the Bachelor’s in Sports Management Program

Learn more about the field of sports management and our program.
What is a sports management degree?
A sports management degree is a credential that prepares you for careers in the sports industry. It covers topics such as marketing, finance, events, programming and legal aspects in sports organizations. A sports management degree can lead to various sports administration, marketing, media and event management opportunities.
What can you do with a sports management degree?
A sports management degree can prepare you for a wide variety of careers in sales, marketing, promotions, communications, event management, facilities, customer service and more. Recent graduates of the sports management bachelor’s degree program at TROY work as:

  • Director of sales and marketing, Robert Trent Jones Grand National
  • Development director, Alabama Wildlife
  • Assistant executive director, Myrtle Beach Bowl
  • LSU football recruiting operations assistant
  • TROY equipment manager
  • General manager, Troy Country Club
  • TROY facilities and aquatics coordinator
  • New business/season and group ticket sales, the University of Oklahoma
  • Marketing coordinator, Auburn University Athletics
Can you be a coach with a sports management degree?
No, a sports management bachelor’s degree does not prepare you for coaching. TROY’s Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in coaching qualifies you for coaching roles.
Do you need to relocate to find a sports management job?
Depending on where you live, you may find it necessary to relocate to larger sports markets to progress in your career in sports management.
Are sports management jobs the typical 9-to-5?
Some careers in sports management do follow the traditional 9-to-5 work schedule; however, many of them, such as events and publicity, may require you to work weekends and nights.

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