Sports Management Program

Applications are closed.

In collaboration with the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the School of Public Health’s Department of Kinesiology, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism's Shirley Povich Center For Sports Journalism, and Maryland Athletics, the Sports Management Program aims to develop undergraduate leaders with the skills, foundational knowledge and educational opportunities to pursue careers and professional opportunities in the sports industry.

Program Goals

  1. Gain foundational knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers and professional opportunities in the field of sports management.
  2. Identify and evaluate career opportunities in sports management, demonstrating a deep understanding of the industry's diverse career paths and job requirements.
  3. Develop and implement effective networking strategies to establish professional relationships with industry leaders, organizations, and colleagues within the sports industry.
  4. Expand professional career development skills through experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities.


The Sports Management Program will comprise four 3 credit courses that must be completed with a C (2.0) or above to complete the program. There are three required courses and one elective course where students can choose from a variety of options that best fit their personal learning goals.

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the Sports Management Program will be invited to participate in exclusive programming opportunities to expand their network and knowledge of the sports management industry. Some examples of our future programming include, site visits, fireside chats, sports industry career fairs, networking nights and even attending sporting events!

How to Apply

To be considered for the Sports Management Program, all students must meet the following criteria:

  • Current UMD College Park undergraduate (all majors) with at least 2 remaining semesters once admitted.
  • Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Students must have completed 60 credits by the end of Spring 2023
  • Must have the flexibility to complete 12 total credits of coursework

The application includes the following components:

  1. Basic information (name, major, etc.)
  2. Four short answer questions (250 words or less)
  3. Resume
  4. Academic plan

Applications are due on March 24 at 11:59 p.m. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of current students, faculty and staff. Upon review, selected students will be invited for an interview the week of April 3. Applicants will be notified of their final status on April 10.


Sports Management Program Requirements

Required Courses (9 credits total):

  • KNES287: Sport and American Society (Fall, Spring, and Summer I) 3 credits
  • BMGT298A: Special Topics in Business and Management; Sports and Entertainment Industry Management (Fall Only) 3 credits
  • BMGT483: Sports Management Capstone Project (Spring Only) 3 credits – In Development

Students will choose one elective from the following list (3 credits total):

  • BMGT350: Marketing Principles and Organization (Fall and Spring) 3 credits
  • OR
  • BMGT355: Foundations of Marketing for Non-Business Majors (Fall and Spring) 3 credits
  • (Only one of BMGT350/BMGT355 can apply)
  • BMGT468T: Special Topics in Management and Organization; Creativity for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Outdoor Edition (Spring Only) 3 credits
  • JOUR479A: Special Topics in Data Gathering and Analysis; Basketball Analytics (Spring Only) 3 credits
  • JOUR479X: Special Topics in Data Gathering and Analysis; Sports Data Analysis and Visualization  (Fall Only) 3 credits
  • KNES355: Sports Management (Fall and Spring) 3 credits
  • BMGT384: Sports Management Practicum (Fall and Spring) 3 credits – In Development

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