MBA in Sports and Athletics Administration

Earning your MBA in sports management at Lynn will get you more than just a graduate-level business degree.

Yes, you’ll gain the business and management skills that an MBA assumes—but you’ll also gain an added specialization in the area of your choice.

Our dynamic bachelor and M.B.A. degree programs will prepare you to work in this exhilarating industry. No other school takes experiential learning in sports as far as we do. Lynn sports management students have worked on faculty-directed projects with the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, the X Games, the PGA Tour, NASCAR, the National Football League, Major League Baseball and many more of the biggest names in sports.

Our Baseball Winter Meetings event is a one-of-a-kind educational experience, where students have met with baseball’s top business executives—including team owners, league presidents, sports agents, baseball writers and even the president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

We’ll work with you to find your particular interests in the sports world so that your course work, electives and internships reflect your passion. As a sports management major, your focused classes will cover topics in marketing, law, sales, media relations, event operations and league governance. A strong foundation in business management will get you ready for the big game.

The specialization in sports and athletics administration will add to the management skills you’ve already gained through your personal experience and undergraduate studies. You’ll take detailed courses that investigate advanced administrative situations, including evaluating athletics teams, creating business plans and buying/selling teams. You’ll spend time considering ethical and legal issues of collegiate and professional sports. Plus, you’ll participate in a sports internship that will provide more than just a valuable hands-on education—it will help you network within the field, too.

The global exposure you’ll gain at Lynn will be a great addition to your education and experience, too. About 25% of our students are international, from countries outside of the U.S. In a career field like this one, having experience with various cultures and nationalities can be a big benefit when it comes to cross-cultural interactions.

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Sports management MBA: Career opportunities

The business and management of sports continues to grow worldwide. With teams, leagues, sports events, stadiums and college athletic departments, your career opportunities have never been stronger or more diverse. As a graduate of our program, get ready for a challenging role in:

  • Professional sports: general manager, marketing officer, media relations or sales specialist
  • Collegiate sports: athletic director, NCAA compliance official
  • Sports events: operations or ad activation manager
  • Coaching: team coach, trainer, player development scout
  • Player representation: sports or marketing agent
  • Stadiums: facility manager, public relations officer

From professional clubs and intercollegiate athletic departments to international sports and worldwide governing bodies, our alumni have landed plum assignments with various professional sports teams, sports facilities, major media companies and sports organizations, NCAA Division I athletics and international sports. Lynn students have completed internships with:

  • BCS National Championship Game
  • Orange Bowl
  • Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship
  • International Tennis Championships
  • Dozens of other professional teams, collegiate athletic departments and sports properties worldwide

We’re happy to help you set and reach your career goals. At Lynn, all students enjoy free career planning services.

Sports management MBA: Salary outlook

Employment of advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers, such as those found in sports management, is expected to increase by 12 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduating from the Sports and Athletics Administration MBA program at Lynn University may increase your earning potential in sport management by opening the door to new management and leadership opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that mean annual salary wages in May 2013 in corporate settings were $101,380 for agents and managers for athletes and $115,750 for advertising, promotions and marketing managers. Salary.com determined that median annual salary wages in August 2014 in corporate settings were $102,816 for athletic directors in higher education.

Sports management MBA: Curriculum

All MBA students will complete a series of seven foundational courses that provide a knowledge of business and management with topics in marketing, human resources and financial accountability.

Courses specific to the MBA in sports management program:

SAM 530: Sports Administration
Application of management theory and practice to sports administration. Emphasis on organizing, structuring and maintaining a successful department. Day-to-day operations reviewed along with facility management, fiscal and budgetary aspects, personnel selection and supervision, public relations, and office management.

SAM 535: Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics and Professional Sports
An overview of critical issues of national interest in both collegiate and professional sports: Title IX, Gender Equity, scholarships and payment of athletes, recruiting policies, professional agents, and other current matters of prime importance in the field.

SAM 680: Beginning Internship in Sports and Athletics Administration
The internship provides an opportunity to apply beginning knowledge and theory to professional practice. Prerequisites: Permission of college internship liaison, 2.5 cumulative GPA in major and/or departmental approval.

SAM 681: Advanced Internship in Sports and Athletics Administration
The internship provides an opportunity to apply advanced knowledge and theory to professional practice.

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Last modified: Oct. 22, 2014