Selection of this major is to prepare students for a career in sport management. Career options include high school, collegiate, amateur, and professional sport management, sport business management, coaching, or employment with non-profit sport agencies. Coordinated major/minor programs are available on an interdepartmental basis to broaden the employment opportunities in sport retail, merchandising, journalism, broadcasting, or event management. Such coordinated programs require early advisement. Students who desire to pursue one of the career opportunities should contact the department of physical education and sport for early advisement.

This major is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

  1. Students must earn a grade of B- or higher in PES 119, 180, 293, 480, 499, and 564; a grade of C or better in PES 218QR, 280, 318, 360, and 380 in order to graduate with this major.
  2. Students are strongly advised to select elective courses in consultation with a Sport Management advisor.
  3. In order to graduate with this major a student must obtain a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.7 GPA in the major.
  4. At least 18 credit hours of coursework within the major must be taken at CMU.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (31-43 hours)

​Introduction to the field of sport management. Specific focus on the nature, scope, and significance of the industry. A survey of professional opportunities. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​The managerial fundamentals and principles applied to the sport industry: concepts and functions of management, organizational theories, human resources, integrated issues and trends. Pre/Co-requisite: PES 119. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Theory, development, and application of analytics in sport for purposes of player performance, team management/operations, team valuation, social media analysis, sponsorship metrics, and fantasy competitions. This course may be offered in an online format. Quantitative Reasoning. Prerequisites: PES 119, 180 both with a B- or better. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Examines and introduces the principles of economics, accounting, and finance as they apply to the sport industry. This course may be offered in online format. Prerequisites: PES 119, 180 both with B- or better. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Provides exposure via experiences in select sport related organizations. Students enroll in 1 to 4 credits (45-180 clock hours to meet course requirements). Prerequisite: PES 119 with a B- or better; Pre/Co- requisite: PES 180. 

Credits 1-4(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

​A critical examination of sport through prevailing theories in sport sociology. Historical perspectives will also be addressed. This course may be offered in online format. Prerequisites: minimum 56 credits. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​An in-depth study of the nature, scope and significance of sales and marketing within the sport industry. Prerequisites: PES 218, 280 both with a C or better. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Students are provided theory and concepts to examine the role of public relations, communication, and mass media in the sport industry. This course may be offered in online format. Prerequisites: PES 218, 280 both with a C or better. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​A capstone experience for sport management majors, including fundraising, event management, strategic planning, game day operations, leadership, problem solving, sales, and communication. Prerequisites: PES 360, 380 both with grade of C or better; PES 393 with a grade of B- or better; minimum 86 credit hours (senior status). 

Credits 3(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

​Provides practical experience in a select sport-related organization. Students enroll in 1 to 12 credits. A minimum of 400 clock hours is required (9 credit hours to meet course requirements). Prerequisites: PES 318, 360, 380 all with a C or better; PES 393 with a B-or better; minimum 86 credits (senior status), and permission of the sport management internship coordinator. 

Credits 1-12(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec)

Note: A minimum of three (3) hours of PES 499 must be completed.

​Investigation of how ethics, morals, and values influence the interpretation of laws and adherence to rules governing sport competition by athletes, coaches, and administrators. Prerequisites: PES 318 with a C or better; PES 360 or 380 with a C or better; PES 293 with a B- or better; minimum of 86 credits; or graduate status. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Required Courses II (3 hours) Select on of the following:

​Students gain an understanding of the accounting system used to develop financial statements. The emphasis is on interpreting financial data used in business decision making. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. Recommended: completion of MTH 105. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Introduction to principles of financial and managerial accounting, design of accounting systems, techniques of analysis and cost control. Interpretation of accounting information for decision making. Does not count for the School of Accounting major or minor. ENT 210 may not be used as a substitute for ACC 201 or ACC 250. This course may be offered in an online format. 

Credits 3(2-1) 

Contact Hours (2-1) 

Course Syllabus

Electives (0-6 hours) May select any of the following:

​An introduction to the theory and practice of communication design. An emphasis is placed on technical and aesthetic fundamentals. 

Credits 3(0-6) 

Contact Hours (0-6) 

Course Syllabus

​Introduction to the concept and use of law as a social institution. Open to both nonbusiness and business students. BLR 202 may not be applied toward the University Program requirements if a student is earning the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Global Cultures) 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Assists the student in understanding the interpersonal communication process and in analyzing barriers to its effectiveness. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Study of the economics and industrial relations systems of professional sports leagues in baseball, football, basketball, and hockey in North America. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Concepts and principles of public relations practiced by corporations, agencies, non-profits and other organizations. Role of the practitioner stressed. This course may be taken in an online or hybrid format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Total: 40-46 semester hours