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Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Recreation Management

Apply your love of sports and fitness to the world of business while expanding your knowledge and experience with your IACBE accredited online sports management degree from the University of Arizona Global Campus Scholarships are also available.

cosma logoThis sports management degree program has also been granted Candidacy Status by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), located in Fort Collins, CO, USA.


What is Sports Management?
If you love sports and fitness and want to pursue a career that incorporates these passions, then a sports management degree can help put you on the right path. As the name suggests, sports management is a specific field of business that deals with sports and recreation-related activities. Sports management professionals will need a combination of skills related to directing, budgeting, organizing, and evaluating within the setting of an organization that focuses on sports and fitness-related services. This field has many opportunities as sports managers can be found working for college and university sports programs, recreational departments, sports marketing firms, professional sports teams, and their parent programs (NFL, MLB, NBA, etc.). Teamwork, motivation, and high-energy are just a few characteristics that sports managers can typically have.

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What you will learn

The online sports management degree prepares you for managerial positions in the sports and recreation industry, including professional sports, fitness clubs, athletics equipment merchandising, recreation programs, and intramural and recreational sports. These sports organizations can range from non-profits to municipal agencies. You will complete coursework in accounting, business, economics, information systems, physical education, and psychology. The sports management curriculum consists of the learning experiences essential for business management positions in the sports and recreation professions. When you complete the required coursework, you will be well acquainted with the sports industry, be highly trained in various theories of management, and exhibit college-level writing and speaking skills. Once you successfully complete your online sports management bachelor's degree you will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge from sports recreation and business administration fields
  • Examine the relationship between theory and practice
  • Analyze effective means of communication in a variety of modalities
  • Apply business procedures to team and facilities management
  • Assess appropriate decision-making skills in a variety of sports and recreation organizations

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Your Courses in Sports and Recreation Management

Explore multiple aspects of the world of sports and recreation management while enhancing your knowledge and technical skills. You may choose to follow the standard course requirements or add a specialization to further enhance your online sports management degree. You can also add a specialization to your degree to provide further focus to your sports management studies.

Introductory Courses
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.

Major Course Requirements (45 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

Emphases for Sports and Recreation Management

An emphasis provides you with additional opportunities to broaden and enrich your education that is distinct from and enhances your major. It may be taken as a way to expand career options, to prepare for graduate study, or simply to explore in greater depth an area different from your major. An emphasis consists of three (3), three (3) credit courses. Choose from the following emphases:

Cognitive Studies

Environmental Management & Sustainability

Public Administration

Public Relations

Web & Mobile App Technology

Careers in Sports and Recreation Management

Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a great demand for sports management professionals as it is a growing career field. A career in sports management can range anywhere from working in youth sports, municipal sports, or professional sports. Just a few of the many professional careers that often begin with a bachelor’s in sports management include Residential Camp Director, Tournament Coordinator, or Sports Information Director. Take a look at your other potential career options below.

Sports and Recreation Management Careers

The Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Recreation Management degree is IACBE accredited.

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Are you currently a licensed RN?

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