Current Sport Management (B.S) Students


The world of sport is constantly growing and changing.

Students who are interested in working with professional, collegiate or community sports and athletic organizations will gain knowledge and experience in the many aspects of sport, enabling them to find a career path that will excite and challenge them. The University of Minnesota Sport Management program prepares students to learn about the exciting and developing business of sport through multiple outlets:

  • Ethics and law
  • Management and organization
  • Diversity in sport
  • Sales and fundraising
  • Marketing and business
  • Facilities and event operation

Outside of the classroom, students in the sport management program gain hands-on experience that prepares them to enter the workforce. Students gain valuable experience and connections through:

  • Job shadowing and networking
  • Study abroad and national student exchange
  • Research and involvement
  • Practical experience/practicum
U of M organizations for Sport Management students

Want to meet people who share your interest in a sports career? The U sponsors two organizations for sport management students: Sports Management Association (SMA) and Women in Sports Careers (WISC). It’s an easy way to get involved, meet new friends and contacts, and enhance your U of M experience.

Top 5 reasons to study sport management at the University of Minnesota
  1. Located in a major sport market area that is home to: multiple professional teams and top advertising and sport marketing organizations and has easy access to the National Sports Center and to other exciting connections and opportunities.
  2. World-renowned faculty and scholars who are engaged and committed to students' success, and exceptional, accessible advisers and career counselors who will support you throughout your program.
  3. Strong focus on acquiring experiences inside and outside the classroom, that will provide the skills and knowledge for future career success.
  4. Major coursework designed to provide a robust foundation that will prepare you to be successful in any sport environment.
  5. Ability to select supporting coursework that will enhance your individual program and tap into your individual interests and passion.
Departmental adviser


kin@umn.edu
612-625-5530
107 Cooke Hall
1900 University Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414

Reasons to meet:

  • Degree planning
  • Sport management courses
  • Focus elective planning
  • Practicum and experiences
  • Sport management minor
  • Study abroad
CEHD student services advisers

Tracey Hammell
thammel@umn.edu
612-625-3339
360 Education Sciences Building
56 East River Rd, Minneapolis MN 55455
Sara Georgeson
sarag@umn.edu
612-625-3339
360 Education Sciences Building
56 East River Rd, Minneapolis MN 55455


Reasons to meet with Tracey or Sara:

  • Degree planning
  • Liberal education requirements
  • Resources at the University
  • Study abroad
  • Readmission into the program, probation appointment or leave of absence discussion

Call CEHD Student Services to schedule an appointment with your student services adviser.
612-625-3339

The core courses in sport management will allow you to gain a broad and diverse understanding of sport industry. You will work with your School of Kinesiology adviser once you are admitted into the major to discuss sequencing and your focus electives.

Also use Grad Planner of OneStop to plan out your major course-work and the remainder of your liberal education requirements.

Focus electives

The purpose of focus electives (20 credits) is to enhance the core courses in your major and provide a greater understanding of topics of interest to you that tie in with your professional ideas. You will discuss these ideas with your departmental adviser and get her approval before taking courses that will count as focus electives, or you can consult the list of potential courses below to find a combination that will support your professional goals. Also consider looking for a minor that will support your professional goals. If there is a minor that compliments Sport Management program, it can be arranged the minor courses can be used for your focus electives.

See University Catalog for information on curriculum.


Departmental adviser


kin@umn.edu
612-625-5530
107 Cooke Hall
1900 University Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414

Reasons to meet:

  • Degree planning
  • Sport management courses
  • Focus elective planning
  • Practicum and experiences
  • Sport management minor
  • Study abroad
CEHD student services advisers

Tracey Hammell
thammel@umn.edu
612-625-3339
360 Education Sciences Building
56 East River Rd, Minneapolis MN 55455
Sara Georgeson
sarag@umn.edu
612-625-3339
360 Education Sciences Building
56 East River Rd, Minneapolis MN 55455


Reasons to meet with Tracey or Sara:

  • Degree planning
  • Liberal education requirements
  • Resources at the University
  • Study abroad
  • Readmission into the program, probation appointment or leave of absence discussion

Call CEHD Student Services to schedule an appointment with your student services adviser.
612-625-3339

Practicum (SMGT 3996) is an 8 credits/360 total hours of experience at 1 or 2 places that will be completed at the end of your degree. This is similar to a senior internship. In order to start your practicum you need to have the majority of your core major courses completed. You will need to consult with a faculty member who is supervising practicum a semester ahead of time before starting practicum. You will fill out weekly logs and your practicum faculty supervisor will consult with your site supervisor to discuss your professional experiences and progress throughout the semester, as well as you will write a reflection paper at the end of your experiences. This can be done over 2 semesters or 1 more intense semester. Coaching will not be allowed to be a part of your practicum.

Brainstorm ideas for sites with faculty, advisers and career services, as well as start looking for different ideas of practicum sites and opportunities in advance.

Examples of organizations and sites:

Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Swarm, Saint Paul Saints, Minnesota Lynx, Minnesota Wild, National Sport Center, other Colleges and Universities, Parks and Recreation Departments, Fitness and Athletic centers and Athletics-School Districts.

Example of positions and departments:

Marketing, game day promotions, management, operations, event planning, sales, broadcasting, athletic director, communication, equipment room management, game organization and management, community recreation organization, media relations.

Please review the Practicum Handbook.
Within the Practicum Handbook website you will be able to find the Learning Agreement to give to the practicum instructor for the semester.


Departmental adviser


kin@umn.edu
612-625-5530
107 Cooke Hall
1900 University Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414

Reasons to meet:

  • Degree planning
  • Sport management courses
  • Focus elective planning
  • Practicum and experiences
  • Sport management minor
  • Study abroad
CEHD student services advisers

Tracey Hammell
thammel@umn.edu
612-625-3339
360 Education Sciences Building
56 East River Rd, Minneapolis MN 55455
Sara Georgeson
sarag@umn.edu
612-625-3339
360 Education Sciences Building
56 East River Rd, Minneapolis MN 55455


Reasons to meet with Tracey or Sara:

  • Degree planning
  • Liberal education requirements
  • Resources at the University
  • Study abroad
  • Readmission into the program, probation appointment or leave of absence discussion

Call CEHD Student Services to schedule an appointment with your student services adviser.
612-625-3339

Please Note: You are not guaranteed a permission number. Instructors have the right to refuse you a permission number if the course is grad level, or class management issues would arise by adding seats.


Contact your adviser (kin@umn.edu) with questions about permission numbers for courses with a SMGT or REC designator.

Sport Management Minor

Sport Management is the business side of the sport industry that blends the unique aspects of sport with common business, marketing, management, and social and ethical principles.

The Sport Management minor helps prepare students for employment in the sport, entertainment, and/or fitness industries. This program allows students from any major at the University to obtain a minor in Sport Management.

Students who complete this minor may work in fields such as: professional, semi-professional, collegiate, high-school and youth sport; facilities and event management; sport marketing and sales; communications; sporting goods manufacturing management; sporting goods retail management; non-profit sports; private clubs; fitness industry management; and extreme sports.

Application Requirements
All of the following need to be met to be accepted into the Sport Management minor program:
B- or higher in SMGT 1701 Introduction to Sport Management
45 credits completed
2.75 overall GPA

Application Process and Deadlines

You must have a letter grade in SMGT 1701 posted on your apas report BEFORE applying.
Fall semester: Priority Deadline April 1st, Final Deadline April 15th
Spring semester: Priority Deadline November 1st, Final Deadline November 15th

Minor applications will only be reviewed after the dates stated above.

Apply for minor

Minor plan

Adviser


kin@umn.edu
612-625-5300
107 Cooke Hall
1900 University Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414

Reasons to meet:

  • Degree planning
  • Sport management courses
  • Focus elective planning
  • Practicum and experiences
  • Sport management minor
  • Study abroad
University catalog
Careers and experiences

The department strongly encourages students to meet with a career counselor in CEHD Career Services to work on developing their marketing materials (resume and cover letter) and their preparedness to find jobs and experiences. Please visit www.cehd.umn.edu/career for more information on these topics as well as many others.

Forms

Contact your adviser to obtain instructions on where to bring your petition.

Petition for Students in Undergraduate and Professional Programs

External links

Careers in Sport Management on the CEHD Career Services Web site

Degree Requirements on the University Catalogs Web site

Honors Program on the University of Minnesota Honors Program Web site

Career information on the CEHD Career Services Web site

Program Information on the CEHD Student Services Web site