Prospective Sport Management Students
Why Choose Sport Management at BGSU?
The Sport Management program at BGSU is in rich tradition and history. Since our program was founded in 1980, we have built a large alumni network that is eager to help our students find success in the sport industry. Prominent alumni frequently come back to campus to give lectures and talk to students about the sport industry. Our faculty are active scholars and teach in their specialty areas.
Additional program highlights:
- Undergraduate and graduate sport management programs are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation, one of only a few programs in the country with this distinction.
- Undergraduate sport management students complete two field experiences prior to graduation.
Field experiences are designed to involve students in a professional environment outside the classroom. Sites are carefully selected by the students and approved by their academic advisor and the sport management field experience coordinator. Students often receive follow-up experiences from their internship sites, whether it is a second internship or a job offer.
Career opportunities are endless in the sport industry. With a degree in sport management one can work in areas ranging from high school to professional sports; non-profit and for-profit organizations; parks and recreation leagues; and national/international governing bodies.
Career examples include:
Athletics director, facility manager, suite and hospitality sales for an arena or stadium, ticket manager, marketing coordinator, director of fan experiences, communications coordinator and sport information director to name a few.
Our faculty are available to assist you in choosing the right career path.
"The faculty at BGSU really prepared me to work in the sport industry. They are all so passionate and knowledgeable about different areas, which gave me a well-rounded perspective of the industry. I entered college with an idea of what area of sport I wanted to go into, but after a conversation with a faculty member I decided to pursue another path. It was the best decision I made for my career."
- Megan Gormley '09, '14,
Executive Director of Development, Cardinal Athletic Fund, University of Louisville
Each class has a unique project built into the curriculum with real-life application. Whether is it Introduction to Sport Management, History of Sport or classes related to sport finance and law – the projects you complete will blend education with the real world.
At Bowling Green State University, we require two internships to be completed in the student’s career interest area prior to graduation. Thus, students are able to customize these experiences to best help them achieve their desired position within the sports industry. In order to succeed in Sport Management, students should have a wide variety of volunteer experience in addition to the two required field experiences.
Students who succeed in this major have strong interpersonal skills, are able to think quickly and show initiative. Sport management students do not need a prior understanding of the sport industry or even have a clear understanding of their desired career path. Our students will leave BGSU with a sound understanding of business practices as they relate to the sport industry and a deep knowledge of the sport industry itself.