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Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

Sport Management

BGSU offers one of the largest and most diversified undergraduate sport management programs in the country. We are nationally known for producing outstanding graduates who launch successful careers in fields from sport licensing to sport marketing and more.

You will learn the business of sport management and how to run sports organizations. And you’ll also study the psychosocial and cultural aspects of sport and why sports are so important to so many people.

Two required field experiences will allow you to put your classroom knowledge to work in the real world and build your resume.

Why study sport management at BGSU in Ohio?

  • A strong national and international reputation. We’re known for producing successful professionals in the sport industry.
  • Two required field experiences. Get real-world experience with teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Tigers and Toledo Mud Hens or at major events like the Special Olympics, Super Bowl and NCAA tournaments.
  • On-campus service opportunities. Work with our Division 1 teams.
  • Accredited programs. We are one of the few Ohio universities that holds accreditation from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) for undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Strong faculty advisers. They have invaluable expertise in the field.
  • Active sport management alumni network. Our alumni throughout northwest Ohio, the state and the country are here for you.
  • Award-winning student organization. Volunteer and learn with the Sport Management Alliance.

Career - what can you do with a sport management degree?

Our sport management alumni work all over the country and across all imaginable sport industries, from brand management to sponsorship coordination.

  • President, Reno Aces
  • Vice president, Minnesota Lynx Business Operations
  • Stats analysis, ESPN
  • Promotions assistant, Detroit Tigers
  • Associate director, communications, Purdue Athletics
  • Director of athletics, Hilbert College
  • Manager for group sales and services, Toledo Mud Hens
  • Team broadcaster, Seattle Kraken
  • Director of marketing, BGSU Athletics
  • Director, communications, Stanford Athletics
  • Director, Solheim Cup
  • LPGA marketing director
  • Director Of ticket operations, University of Michigan

Career paths

  • Market growth manager
  • NBA production coordinator
  • Data analyst - marketing
  • Director of fan experiences
  • Athletic director
  • Ski program operations


You’ll have opportunities to polish your skills and jump start your career in our rigorous internship program. BGSU sport management majors have gotten hands-on experience with:

  • Special Olympics
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Cleveland Guardians
  • Detroit Tigers
  • The Ohio State University
  • United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee


  • Field experience and coursework emphasize volunteerism, intellectual inquiry and sound ethics.
  • Choose a minor in a field that aligns with your career aspirations, such as management, marketing or communication.
  • Master the business of sport, as well as the promotion, licensing and marketing of sports events.
  • Learn about emerging trends like esports management and governance issues in global sports.

Required courses

Criminal Justice

Sample courses

  • Sport Facility and Event Management
  • Sport Revenues and Expenditures
  • Sport Promotions and Sales
  • Legal Aspects of Sport
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport and Gender
  • Introduction to Esports
  • Leadership in the Sport Industry

BGSU College of Education and Human Development

The Sport Management program is part of the School of Applied Human Development in the BGSU College of Education and Human Development.

Updated: 12/13/2023 02:58PM